Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon preview: Spurs set to make changes
Last Updated: 07/01/18 2:00pm
Tottenham are expected to make several changes when they host League One AFC Wimbledon in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen are all likely to be rested by Spurs after a busy period, which saw them beat Swansea and draw at home against West Ham in the last week.
With Manchester City now 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League, the FA Cup would seem to represent Tottenham's best chance of ending their 10-year run without a trophy.
"If we can win the cup that's going to be good for the club because I think it's been a long time since we won a trophy," said midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
"Of course, we can [go far]. We have a massive team and a strong squad. We can compete with everyone and we have to show it on the pitch. That's what we will do."
AFC Wimbledon are 21st in League One but have taken seven points from the last 12 on offer to edge closer to safety.
They also have a good record at Wembley, winning a League Two play-off final on their last visit in 2016 and winning a pre-season friendly in 2008 to mark the 125th anniversary of Corinthian Casuals.
Fernando Llorente, Erik Lamela and Juan Foyth are among those in contention to come in for Tottenham.
Toby Alderweireld remains out with a hamstring injury while Danny Rose is also struggling with pain in his knee.
Dons boss Neal Ardley confirmed captain Barry Fuller's ankle injury was not as bad as first feared and that "with a bit of luck" the veteran defender will be able to face Tottenham.
Fellow defender Jon Meades, who missed Monday's 2-0 win over Southend, and striker Cody McDonald, who has been playing with a fractured metatarsal, were also able to train on Friday and are in contention for Wembley.
However, it remains to be seen when Kwesi Appiah (hamstring) will return with Ardley confirming the Ghana striker requires surgery to get back to full fitness.
AFC Wimbledon will be making just their second competitive trip to Wembley after their League Two play-off final triumph in May 2016 against Plymouth (2-0).
Tottenham have won each of their last seven FA Cup home encounters against lower league opposition, last losing at home in an FA Cup third round replay against Nottingham Forest in January 1975 - winning 30 and drawing seven since.
The Dons will be playing Premier League opposition for just the second time in their history, with the first match also coming in the FA Cup third round, a 2-1 loss at home against Liverpool in January 2015.
Spurs have only failed to progress to the fourth round stage on just one occasion in the last 11 seasons - losing 0-2 to north London rival Arsenal in January 2014.
Charlie Nicholas' prediction
One of Tottenham's biggest problems this season is opposition sides raising their levels for the trip to Wembley but, while it will be a great away day for the fans, it is one hell of a bridge to gap for a side sitting just outside the Sky Bet League One relegation places.
Mauricio Pochettino will make changes but has options to do so with several players coming back from injuries and they've certainly had their critics for the way they crashed out of the Carabao Cup, so I can't see anything other than an emphatic home win here.
Charlie predicts: 5-0 (12/1 with Sky Bet)