The fourth round of the FA Cup arrives on Saturday as Southampton take on Tottenham at St Mary's. Get set for the showdown with our Match Pack, in association with eToro...
Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur
Emirates FA Cup
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 25th January, 3.00pm GMT
Referee: Peter Bankes
Assistants: Neil Davies, Derek Eaton
Fourth official: John Brooks
VAR: Jonathan Moss
Assistant VAR: Edward Smart
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Southampton will be looking to advance past the fourth round for the first time since making the semi-final in 2017/18.
Cruising past Championship outfit Huddersfield in their cup opener at the start of the month, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side will be looking for a sense of déjà vu against Spurs.
The two sides met in the Premier League at St Mary’s on New Year’s Day, with Danny Ings’s first-half strike proving to be the difference.
Looking to avenge that defeat, Tottenham will be keen to pursue their last chance of domestic silverware this season, one of the key objectives set for José Mourinho’s tenure.
Squeezing past Middlesbrough following a replay in the third round, Spurs head to the south coast unbeaten in their last three, whilst Saints will look to carry on the momentum that has seen them rise to ninth in the Premier League table.
The midweek victory at Crystal Palace came at a price for Saints with Cédric, Shane Long (both knee) and Jannik Vestergaard (concussion) all ruled out of action this weekend as a result.
Full-back Yan Valery continues his recovery from a viral infection whilst Jan Bednarek missed the trip to Selhurst Park with an Achilles injury.
For the visitors, Harry Winks limped out of their win over Norwich on Wednesday with an ankle injury and is a doubt, with Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies already on the sidelines.
Crystal Palace (a) 2-0 (Redmond, Armstrong)
Wolves (h) 2-3 (Bednarek, Long)
Leicester (a) 2-1 (Armstrong, Ings)
Huddersfield (h) 2-0 (Smallbone, Vokins) FA Cup
Tottenham (h) 1-0 (Ings)
Norwich (h) 2-1 (Alli, Son)
Watford (a) 0-0
Middlesbrough (h) 2-1 (Lo Celso, Lamela) FA Cup
Liverpool (a) 0-1
Middlesbrough (a) 1-1 (Moura) FA Cup
Ralph Hasenhüttl: "They won on Wednesday and every game you win gives you confidence. They’re a fantastic team with fantastic players and a fantastic manager.
"Although we won the last game [against Tottenham], we know how tough it was and are expecting another tough game. It will be a typical cup fight and at a ground where we’ll have a very good atmosphere for this game so it will be a good cup challenge."
José Mourinho: "They’re the same [Southampton], they're really good. They've found a pattern of play and they play with two strikers and they have four or five. They are strong and apart from the game they lost against wolves they win, win, win, win, win.
"I expect a team 24 hours fresher than another as they have 24 hours advantage, and a team with big self esteem, big confidence and they're a very difficult team to play against."
ONES TO WATCH
Stuart Armstrong: With two goals in his last two away trips, Armstrong will be looking to bring his goal-scoring form to St Mary’s at the weekend.
Revelling in his new number 10 role, the Scotland international has been a consistent performer since becoming a mainstay in the side, often providing the link between midfield and attack.
Giovani Lo Celso: The Argentinean has flourished into one of Spurs’ most important players after taking time to adjust to the Premier League.
On loan from Real Betis, Lo Celso has offered useful versatility for José Mourinho, although his creative flair has stood out regardless of position.
Danny Ings 16
Nathan Redmond 4
James Ward-Prowse 4
James Ward-Prowse 4
Jack Stephens 3
Shane Long 3
Harry Kane 17
Son Heung-Min 11
Dele Alli 8
Son Heung-Min 8
Serge Aurier 7
Dele Alli 4
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
January 2020: Saints 1-0 Tottenham (Ings)
September 2019: Tottenham 2-1 Saints (Ings)
March 2019: Saints 2-1 Tottenham (Valery, Ward-Prowse)
December 2018: Tottenham 3-1 Saints (Austin)
January 2018: Saints 1-1 Tottenham (Sánchez OG)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton last faced Spurs in the FA Cup during the 2002/03 season, winning 4-0 in the third round – Saints went on to reach the final that season.
- Spurs have lost their last two away matches against Southampton, losing in the Premier League in March 2019 and January 2020.
- Spurs’ Erik Lamela has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six FA Cup starts (3 goals, 4 assists), scoring their second goal in the 2-1 replay win over Middlesbrough in the third round.
- In his entire managerial career, Spurs boss José Mourinho has only lost two games against an opponent in the same calendar month once previously, losing two Champions League games against Real Madrid in February 2002 as FC Porto manager.
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