Tranmere vs Tottenham
English FA Cup
Date: Friday, 4 January 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Prenton Park (Birkenhead).
Eight-time champions Tottenham begin their FA Cup campaign on Friday night when they travel to Prenton Park to take on a League Two opposition Tranmere Rover in the third round of the competition. Everything points towards a one-way street for the visitors who are heavy favourites in the third round curtain-raiser.
Spurs quickly rebounded from a shocking 1-3 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers as they eased past Cardiff City 0-3 on the road on Tuesday evening. Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min notched goals within the opening 26 minutes to close the deal in the Welsh capital. Tottenham thus kept ground on the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City in the battle for the Premier League title.
The visitors have indeed been enjoying a splendid attacking form of late. They won five of last six games in all competitions. They scored six past Everton, five past Bournemouth and three past Cardiff City recently.
Tranmere vs Tottenham: Head-to-head
The two teams have not played each other since 2001/02 season when Spurs won both League Cup and FA Cup ties with the same 4-0 scoreline.
Tottenham won six and drew two of past eight encounters with Tranmere.
Tranmere vs Tottenham: Prediction
Tranmere sit 9th in the League Two standings after 26 rounds of the competition. They drew 1-1 away at Macclesfield Town on Tuesday evening to make it two losses, two draws and one win from past five league outings. Rovers allowed 32 goals so far in the season. Given they are up against the top flight red-hot title chasers, it’s really hard to see anything other but a comprehensive victory for the visitors coming.
Tranmere have not been in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 15 years. Spurs, on the other side, won 17 of past 18 FA Cup matches against lower-division outfits. Even though Mauricio Pochettino will mix up his cards and give some rest to main stars, Tottenham should easily find the win here.
Tranmere vs Tottenham: Bet Tips
HT/FT Tottenham/Tottenham @ 1.57 (4/7)
Tottenham -1.5 handicap @ 1.65 (13/20).