No Premier League action for Southampton this weekend but they have a big match against Tottenham in the FA Cup to look towards.
This will be the second meeting between the two sides at St. Mary’s this month and the first saw the Saints take all 3 points in a Premier League match. This time around, a spot in the FA Cup round of 16 is on the line.
Both clubs have some injury concerns so we could see some heavily rotated sides depending on how seriously each club wants to take the competition.
The big one for the Spurs will be Harry Kane, who is out until April. The Saints will be missing Cedric, Vestergaard, and Shane Long for the FA Cup clash.
With that said let us take a look at how each team can win this match.
How Southampton Will Win
Southampton will be full of confidence going into the match coming off of a win against Palace on Tuesday and knowing they beat Tottenham less than a month ago. Danny Ings, will be fully rested for this match and looking to add to his goal tally this season.
I think, with the clubs current standing on the table, Ralph will be looking to now make a cup run and will march out his strongest starting XI he can. The biggest question will be who gets the nod at Right-Back this match with both Cedric and Valery unavailable.
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I do not think the tactics will change much from what the Saints have been doing. They will press the Spurs in their own half and look to create quick goals from giveaways. I do not think one goal will be enough to get them over the line this time so hopefully they can find the back of the net 2 or more times.
How Tottenham Will Win
They may be without Harry Kane for this match but the Spurs will have Heung-Min Son, who was unavailable for the match on New Year’s due to a red card suspension. Son, is a game changer and his pace and skill could cause the fill-in Right-back for Saints a lot of issues.
I think Mourinho, will want to win this match and try and get a trophy for the club to get his managerial stint off on the right foot. He will field a strong lineup as well and this has the potential to be a very exciting cup tie.
Spurs still have a ton of talent and on their day they can compete with any club in the World. The have struggled defensively so if they can keep the Saints off the scoreboard they could win this match with ease.
Goalkeeper: Angus Gunn
Defenders: Kevin Danso, Maya Yoshida, Jack Stephens, Ryan Bertrand
Midfielders: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, James Ward-Prowse
Attacking Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong, Nathan Redmond
Strikers: Danny Ings, Che Adams
Goalkeeper: Paulo Gazzaniga
Defenders: Japhet Tanganga, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose
Midfielders: Eric Dier, Giovani Lo Celso
Attacking Midfielders: Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, Erik Lamela
Forward: Lucas Moura
Southampton 2-2 Tottenham