In-form ?Southampton host struggling ?Tottenham in the fourth round of the FA Cup this weekend.
Southampton enter the game off the back of a strong run of form which has seen them rise into
the top half of the table, and the south coast side now sit just three points of Manchester United in sixth place.
Jose Mourinho has so far failed to have the impact most would have expected at Tottenham, as his side sit sixth with just two wins in their last five matches.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 25th January|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||15:00 (GMT)|
|Where Is it Played?||St Mary’s|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||N/A|
Southampton have the fortune of a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the weekend.
Tottenham will have to continue their campaign without Harry Kane as he recovers from a thigh muscle rupture, which is threatening his availability for Euro 2020. Moussa Sissoko is starting his rehab from knee surgery, while left-back Ben Davies is out with the same ankle injury which has kept him out the squad since November.
|Southampton||Gunn; Bertrand, Stephens, Vestergaard; Cedric, Redmond, Ward – Prowse, Hojbjerg, Armstrong; Long, Obafemi.|
|Tottenham||Gazzaniga; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sessegnon, Vertonghen; Lamela, Alli, Winks; Lo Celso; Son, Moura.|
These two sides have met 195 times, with Tottenham coming out as victors on 82 separate occasions. Southampton have come out on top 64 times in what is generally a tightly fought contest.
In the last five meetings between the sides, both teams have tasted victory twice.
Southampton have been in excellent form in recent weeks, and
Tottenham have found themselves struggling for form, and have only picked up two narrow wins in their last five matches.
Here’s how each team has fared in their last five games.
|Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton (21/1)||Tottenham 2-1 Norwich City (22/1)|
|Southampton 2-3 Wolves (18/1)||Watford 0-0 Tottenham (18/1)|
|Leicester 1-2 Southampton (11/1)||Tottenham 2-1 Middlesbrough (4/1)|
|Southampton 2-0 Huddersfield Town (4/1)||Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool (11/1)|
|Southampton 1-0 Tottenham (1/1)||Middlesbrough 1-1 Tottenham|
With Southampton’s form as strong as it is and the confidence within the squad as high as it is, it is difficult to look past the Saints for this match. They managed to score twice in midweek even with Danny Ings starting on the bench, and with Tottenham as inconsistent as they are, it should be a comfortable day’s work for Southampton.
Southampton 2-0 Tottenham