STAR PREVIEW: Tottenham v Southampton

Tottenham and Southampton produced a match of real quality in their original FA Cup fourth round tie and onlookers could be set for another treat tonight in North London.

Both sides put up strong starting XI’s in what was a well contested tussle at St Mary’s and the same can be expected once again tonight. Jose Mourinho’s main aim will of course be to get a top four position, but he loves to win silverware and Spurs would love to have a serious run at the FA Cup – the winner of tonight’s replay has home advantage against Norwich in the fifth round.

Spurs have had their fair share of ups and downs this season but a 2-0 success of Manchester City on Sunday was the highlight of Mourinho’s time here and that should ensure the mood is sky high. There’s no telling that Spurs had massive doses of luck in that success, but they can take huge positives from the way that Son Heung-min was vastly improved when he swapped roles with Lucas Moura at half time, or how Steven Bergwijn ran himself into the ground before his stunning winning goal.

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
FA Cup Fourth Round Replay
19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, since 2010)
JAN 2020 FA CUP Southampton 1-1 Tottenham
JAN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 1-0 Tottenham
SEP 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-1 Southampton
MAR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 2-1 Tottenham
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 3-1 Southampton
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 5-2 Southampton
MAR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-1 Southampton
DEC 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 1-4 Tottenham
MAY 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-2 Southampton
DEC 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

Southampton may have lost 4-0 at Liverpool over the weekend but that score is unfair on the Saints, who were unlucky not to have a penalty given to Danny Ings and who also matched Liverpool for much of the first hour before the Reds took the lead. We can expect a strong side once again from Ralph Hasenhuttl, whose side were arguably unlucky not to come from behind to take victory in the original tie, with Danny Inga having a rare off day after failing to take several chances.

Home advantage in theory gives Spurs the edge in this replay, but Southampton have proven to be more than adept on the road in the past few months, winning at Chelsea and Leicester whilst performing well at Liverpool for much of the game. They made their mark on two of those three occasions and perhaps both teams to score is the best place to go here. It’s happened in nine of the last ten games between these two sides and Southampton and Tottenham have the attacking weapons to succeed.

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