Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton
FA Cup 4th Round Replay: February 5, 2020 at 2:45 pm EST (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium)
Line and Odds: Tottenham -149/ Southampton +368 — Over -107/ Under -121
FREE SOCCER Pick Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton
Spurs clear favorites after a terrific weekend
Southampton travel to Tottenham on Wednesday night to contest an FA Cup 4th Round fixture. The Saints forced a Replay, the first against Spurs in the Cup in 25 years, after a spirited second-half performance at the St. Mary’s Stadium last week, but seven days is a lot of time in football. Spurs struggled then, but if this weekend’s Premier League action is anything to go by, they should sail to a victory here.
Jose Mourinho’s men come into this match on quite a high though they have dropped a couple of points apiece in two of their last five matches, recording three victories in the process. Tottenham‘s run began with another FA Cup Replay fixture at home very much like this one. They edged Middlesborough 2-1 to progress, but then flattered to deceive and failed to score in a draw at relegation-threatened Watford in the league. The London outfit struggled again, but eked out a 2-1 victory at home to Norwich before another stuttering performance saw them draw 1-1 to Southampton in the Cup. However, Spurs will now have their tails up after a phenomenal team showing, coupled with some five-star individual displays, saw Mourinho pull one over Pep Guardiola in a 2-0 defeat of Manchester City. Tottenham are clear favorites in this match and will not want to complicate their path to progression too much this time around.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team have earned their reputation as a team that cannot be brushed off thanks to a flurry of positive results, but they have also had to face the repercussions of the effort it entailed. Their recent form has dipped and the Saints come into this match with just two wins in their last five matches, along with two losses and a draw. Southampton started their run with a revenge victory at Leicester, defeating Brendan Rodgers’s Foxes 2-1. However, Hasenhuttl’s men then let a two-goal lead slip, losing 3-2 to Wolves at home despite being the better team on the pitch for most of the match. But they bounced back quickly, defeating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park. An encouraging 1-1 draw with Spurs in the FA Cup followed, but their lack of precision and killer instinct in the final third hurt them as unbeaten league leaders Liverpool crushed them 4-0 at Anfield. Southampton have a lot to ponder about and can still surprise this Spurs side, but a victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium looks quite a stretch at this point in time.
FREE SOCCER Prediction Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur
Last Time Out
Southampton left it late to force a Replay at St. Mary’s stadium. Tottenham had gone ahead less than 15 minutes into the second half through Son Heung-Min and looked set to secure progression. However, second-half substitute Sofiane Boufal scored with just three minutes of regulation time remaining to give Southampton a share of the spoils. The Saints were good value for their result, having had the lion’s share of possession (60%), more shots (10 to 8) and shots on target (4 to 3) in comparison to the visitors.
Son Heung-Min will look to extend his recent run of form on Wednesday. The Japanese winger scored the killer goal in the weekend, displaying control and firing a precise finish into the bottom corner to give Spurs the lead against City apart from also scoring their only goal in the initial clash. Son continues to go about his work unnoticed while his teammates benefit from the forward’s work-rate and off-the-ball movement. Much is expected of him in the remainder of the season with Harry Kane out injured and he will want to put in a solid performance here.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was arguably the Saints’ best player against Liverpool in the weekend. The midfielder created plenty for the forwards who repeatedly let him and his side down. Hojbjerg puts in the hard yards and will hope the likes of Shane Long and Danny Ings bring their shooting boots to London on Wednesday.
New signing Steven Bergwijn will be ineligible to play, having not been registered for the initial clash at St. Mary’s. Spurs will also be without Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko due to long-term injuries, but Dele Alli is likely to feature despite going off against City with a suspected injury.
Predicted Line-up: Lloris; Tanganga, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Aurier; Winks, Lo Celso; Lamela, Alli, Son; Moura.
Southampton will ideally have their entire squad to choose from for this fixture.
Predicted Line-up: McCarthy; Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard; Bertrand, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Valery; Redmond; Ings, Long.