Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton preview

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 12:52pm

Tottenham and Southampton are set to face off tonight with a place in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup awaiting the winners

These two battled it out just over a week ago however their 1-1 draw has meant an unwelcomed fixture during the Premier League's winter break.

Neither manager will have wanted an extra game with the Saints focusing on league survival and Tottenham trying to squeeze their way into the top-four. 

Son Heung-Min's second-half strike looked to have wrapped that game up on 25th January however Sofiane Boufal's goal, three-minutes from time, meant these two now face off in North London tonight.

Both teams come into this one on the back of positive results. Southampton have won two out of their last four league games and drew against Spurs during that run, whilst Jose Mourinho's men are unbeaten in five across all competitions. 

The winners of this will enter the Fifth Round of the FA Cup and host Norwich City. 

Team News

Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho could be dealt a blow tonight if Dele Alli does not pass a late fitness test ahead of tonight's fixture.

The midfielder, who seems revitalised under Jose's tutelage, was on the receiving end of a late challenge by Raheem Sterling in their 2-0 win over City on Sunday. The English forward did not mean to hurt his fellow compatriot, Jose said in his pre-match press conference, but claimed "Dele Alli was very lucky."

Ben Davies has been back in training having been out since the end of November, and could feature in this game.

January signing Steven Bergwijn, who scored on his debut against Man City, is ineligible for this tie as he was not registered for the original match.

Long-term injury absentees Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko will also miss this encounter.

Southampton

Hasenhüttl is expected to be without midfielder Stuart Armstrong, even though the Scotsman is ahead of schedule after picking up a hip injury in the original fixture. 

The German said: “He could maybe be fit quicker than we think, but fit for Wednesday, I don’t think so".

The Saints will have assessed their rest of their squad yesterday afternoon and will then decide who is fit enough to take part.

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