Southampton will host Tottenham for the second time this month when the sides face off in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend.
The hosts won this fixture 1-0 in the Premier League on New Year’s Day, with Spurs’ misery compounded by Harry Kane suffering a hamstring injury at St. Mary’s.
Both sides go into this one on the back of league victories in midweek, but who will come out on top in the race for a place in the next round of the FA Cup?
Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, possible XIs, key men and more.
When is Southampton vs Spurs and where can I watch live?
Competition: FA Cup fourth round
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Date: Saturday, 25th January 2020
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Southampton v Spurs
1 January 2020: Southampton 1-0 Spurs (Premier League)
28 September 2019: Spurs 2-1 Southampton (Premier League)
9 March 2019: Southampton 2-1 Spurs (Premier League)
5 December 2018: Spurs 3-1 Southampton (Premier League)
21 January 2018: Southampton 1-1 Spurs (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Southampton (WLWLD) 6-7 Spurs (LWLWD)
Ones to watch
Southampton: Danny Ings
With Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and, most recently, Jamie Vardy all succumbing to injuries this month, there is a good chance Danny Ings will finish the Premier League campaign as the highest-scoring Englishman. But that race was put on hold in midweek as Ings was left out against Crystal Palace.
The 27-year-old was simply rested ahead of a cup tie Ralph Hasenhuttl clearly wants to win. With an extra few days’ rest, Ings will be in ideal shape to score against Spurs once again on Saturday.
Ings’ goalscoring form has seen the former Burnley and Liverpool striker enjoy a steady rise in value on Football Index over the last three months. He started December with a buy price of £0.54. That figure now sits at £1.39.
Key stat: Only two players have scored more Premier League goals than Ings this season (14).
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Spurs: Lucas Moura
While Tottenham’s search for a striker to fill in for Harry Kane continues, Lucas Moura will continue to be one of the team’s primary goal threats. Son Heung-min and Dele Alli were responsible for Wednesday’s win against Norwich, but Lucas Moura is one of the key reasons they are still in the FA Cup.
The Brazilian bagged the equaliser at Middlesbrough in the third round, which led to a replay victory in north London. But can he hurt Southampton this weekend?
Key stat: Only Kane, Alli and Son have scored more goals for Spurs across all competitions this season than Lucas Moura (6).
Jan Bednarek missed Southampton’s victory at Crystal Palace with an achilles injury and is a doubt. Cedric Soares limped off after just 21 minutes at Selhurst Park and won’t feature against Spurs – Hasenhuttl will hope Yan Valery is available to step in after illness. Danny Ings should return to the starting line-up.
Predicted XI: McCarthy; Valery, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Long, Ings.
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Hugo Lloris made a surprise return in midweek but Paulo Gazzaniga is likely to play against his former club here. Tanguy Ndombele could feature for the first time since suffering a hip injury at St. Mary’s at the beginning of the month. Harry Winks, Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies are sidelined.
Predicted XI: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Tanganga, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Dier, Ndombele, Lo Celso; Alli, Lucas, Son.
Mourinho will be desperate to at least come close to winning a trophy in his first season at Tottenham, but Southampton will provide another major test of Spurs’ mettle. Having improved defensively in their last two outings, the visitors may be able to secure a replay against Hasenhuttl’s in-form troops.