Kick-off: 1945, 04/01/2019
Stadium: Prenton Park
TV: BT Sport
Tottenham begin their quest for a first FA Cup triumph since 1991 with a fairly straightforward test at Tranmere in Friday’s televised third-round tie.
Spurs prevailed 4-0 when these teams met in this competition at White Hart Lane back in 2002, having prevailed by the same scoreline at Prenton Park in the EFL Cup four months earlier.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are 19/2 to register a repeat result here and that seems a fair tip for our opening Tranmere vs Tottenham prediction.
A Look At Tranmere Rovers’ Betting Odds
It may be a bad omen that current Tranmere boss Micky Mellon was sent off when Tottenham last visited this venue, in a game where Teddy Sheringham, Darren Anderton, Gustavo Poyet and Sergei Rebrov netted.
Rovers are now ninth in League Two, four points off a place in the play-offs, following a 1-1 draw at Macclesfield on New Year’s Day.
Mellon’s men had previously beaten Morecambe 3-1 and shared the spoils with Yeovil in two home games over the festive period, so they are in decent form.
James Norwood is the division’s leading marksman with 16 league goals and he also netted in both encounters with Oxford City in this competition, with Tranmere drawing 3-3 away and then winning the replay 2-0.
Rovers also needed two attempts to get past Southport in the last round, though, so the feeling is that chasing back-to-back promotions is their major target this term.
Looking at the Tranmere vs Tottenham odds, we reckon 87/100 for an away win to nil is a solid selection.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham are expected to make changes after playing nine times in December and then easing to a 3-0 win at Cardiff in the Premier League on New Year’s Day.
Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min did the damage in Wales as Spurs bounced back from a Wembley loss to Wolves three days earlier.
A number of big names could be rested, although Pochettino’s determination to end the club’s trophy drought has been apparent during a run to the EFL Cup semi-finals.
Kane hit a double when Tottenham fielded a strong side in a 3-0 defeat of AFC Wimbledon at this stage of this competition 12 months ago, before going on to lose in the semis for the second straight season.
Even if Pochettino does shuffle his pack, the likes of Lucas Moura, Fernando Llorente and Ben Davies are crying out for more time on the pitch.
Getting off to a quick start would help Spurs to silence a hostile home crowd, so 17/4 for the visitors to lead 2-0 at the interval is worth adding to our Tranmere vs Tottenham betting tips.
Macclesfield 1-1 TRANMERE – Connor Jennings
Cardiff 0-3 TOTTENHAM – Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min
Head-to-head: Tottenham 4-0 Tranmere, Tranmere 0-4 Tottenham
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