Southampton travel to North London this evening and will be looking to pull off a surprise Premier League result against managerless Spurs.
Saints really need to respond to their drab showing in the FA Cup Semi-Finals, with their 1-0 loss to Leicester seeing them fail to register a shot on target in arguably their most important game of the season.
Spurs will be led into this game by their former midfielder Ryan Mason, who has been promoted from the coaching staff to provide temporary management until the end of the season after Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Monday.
Despite Super League plans for English clubs being curtailed yesterday evening, there will still be a certain atmosphere around this game that may swing the result in either team’s favour.
Southampton could be unchanged, Spurs assessing Kane
Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has reported no fresh injury concerns after the weekend’s cup loss. However, he may choose to rotate his side slightly to ensure other players are given a chance to improve his side’s fortunes (via southamptonfc.com).
More from Saints Marching
- Grading the Southampton Transfer Window Part 2: Arrivals
- Grading the Southampton Transfer Window Part 1: Departures
- It’s time to talk about Gavin Bazunu
- Rain clouds on the horizon? Southampton beat Plymouth Argyle
- A lament for Southampton legend James Ward-Prowse
The likes of Che Adams, Takumi Minamino, Jack Stephens, Nathan Tella and Mohammed Salisu will all be pushing for starts after limited game-time in recent weeks.
Spurs are likely to be without Harry Kane this evening as they assess the striker’s ankle injury ahead of their Carabao Cup Final clash with Manchester City.
Full-back Matt Doherty could return to the matchday squad but Ben Davies and Alfie Whiteman will both be missing from the options Ryan Mason has available (via tottenhamhotspur.com).
Predicted Saints line-up
Fraser Forster; Kyle Walker-Peters, Jack Stephens, Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand; James Ward-Prowse, Ibrahima Diallo; Stuart Armstrong, Takumi Minamino; Danny Ings, Che Adams
Some changes can be expected from Saints but they are unlikely to make as many as Spurs given their Cup Final at the weekend.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has players who have been on the bench recently but are pushing for starts as his team fails to build any kind of momentum.