Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur unit will be thriving in confidence after beating Manchester City 2-0 at home which propels the North Londoners to the fifth spot in the league with 37 points on board while being four points behind Chelsea. However, the focus now shifts to the FA Cup replay with Southampton before both sides sign off for a two-week winter break. It was a late equaliser by Sofiane Boufal which cancelled out Son Heung-min’s goal and earned the Saints a replay at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. In terms of league standings, S’oton is 13th in the league with 31 points and would be eager to create an upset while advancing in FA Cup.
Date- Thursday, February 6
Kick-Off- 1:15 AM (IST)
Venue- Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dele Alli was taken off in the second half in the 2-0 win against Manchester City due to a knock that he sustained and is unlikely to be risked here. Harry Kane, Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko are also on the sidelines due to injuries.
Steven Bergwijn scored a blinder on his debut versus Manchester City but will be missing out since he was signed after the 1-1 draw against Southampton. That being said, Lucas Moura, Ryan Sessegnon and Erik Lamela should be the front three. Tanguy Ndombele, Eric Dier and Gedson Fernandes could also be in contention of starting for the hosts.
Stuart Armstrong is ruled out due to a hip injury, and that seems like the only injury concern for Ralph Hassenhutti. Yan Varley has returned to training and could have a part to play versus Spurs. With Maya Yoshida making his move to Sampdoria, Jan Bednarek should be partnering alongside Jack Stephens in defence. Danny Ings and Charlie Adams should be the ideal front two, while, Djenepo, Romeu, Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond could fill in at midfield.
TOT (Expected Playing 11)- Lloris; Tangana, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Aurier; Ndombele, Dier, Fernandes; Sessegnon, Moura, Son
SOU (Expected Playing 11)- Gunn; Danso, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand; Djenepo, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond; Ings, Adams
Lucas Moura could prove to be lethal on the final third for Tottenham Hotspur. Moura has four goals, two assists and a pass accuracy of 74.4% from 1368 minutes in the league this season.
Danny Ings has clearly been the standout performer for Southampton on the attack. The 27-year-old has 14 goals, and an assist from 25 appearances in the league this season.
Son-Heung Ming has been one of the usual goal threats for Spurs. The South Korean international has seven goals, seven assists and a pass accuracy of 85.4% from 1660 minutes in the league this season.
James Ward-Prowse could be pivotal in the advanced role for Southampton. Ward-Prowse has four goals, two assists and a pass accuracy of 76.9% from25 appearances this season.
Tottenham has had the upper hands against the Saints as they’ve won eight of their last nine games in all competitions.
Tottenham Hotspur will be fancying a win in front of home support.
Goalkeeper- A Gunn
Defenders- R Bertrand, J Tangana, D Sanchez, S Aurier
Midfielders- J Ward-Prowse, N Redmond, T Ndombele
Forwards- D Ings (VC), L Moura (C), H Son
Goalkeeper- A Gunn
Defenders- J Stephens, R Sessegnon, J Tangana, T Alderweireld (VC)
Midfielders- M Djenepo, J Ward-Prowse, G Fernandes, T Ndombele (C)
Forwards- D Ings, L Moura
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