The dismissal of Jose Mourinho this Monday has been predictable but not before the end of season. Spurs are still struggling in the upper mid table and hoping to seal Europa League spot at the end of the season. For such target, there is no other way but winning the remaining six games, including this midweek against Southampton. They are really racing against the time as Tottenham does not have sufficient time to appoint a new manager. They will be relying on the caretaker to lead Hugo Lloris and Co for the left over target. Southampton is relatively safe from the relegation zone but they still need more points to keep away from such threat.
The teams’ previous games
Spurs could only muster a 2-2 draw while travelling to Goodison Park last weekend. Harry Kane’s brace helped them salvage a point from The Toffees whose goals were scored by Gylfi Sigurdsson’s brace. Tottenham are still stuck on the seventh.
Meanwhile, The Saints had to play in FA Cup semifinal last weekend. Unfortunately, Dannu Ings and Co were beaten by Leicester City. It has been a disappointing run for Southampton with only 36 points in 31 matches.
The caretaker, Ryan Mason will possibly not opt for the new system but stick to 4-2-3-1. Son Heung min is likely to feature the targetman role since Harry Kane is ruled out here alongside Matt Doherty. On both wings, Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale are the best option with Erik Lamela taking up the number ten role.
His counterpart, Ralph Hassenhutl, is not going to deploy any other system but 4-4-2 formation. Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond could get a nod to be paired up again leaving Che Adams in the bench due to the duet’s positive contribution. In both wings, Stuart Amstrong and Theo Walcott are likely to feature here as Takumi Minamino has been deemed doubtful to be fit for this fixture. The other three names on the sideline are William Smallbone, Oriol Romeu and Michael Obafemi.
Players to watch
Without the skipper Harry Kane in the line up, Son Heung min is the expected main scorer. He has netted 14 goals and made nine assists this season. Another key man to watch is Lucas Moura registering three goals and four assists so far.
The Saints’ top performers this season are the Danish international Jannik Vestergaard, the midfielder James Ward-Prowse who has scored seven goals and provided five assists this season and the Scottish winger Stuart Amstrong who has made four goals and assist each.
Tottenham vs Southampton Prediction
In the midst of prospective sanction due to participating in European Super League plus Mourinho exit, Spurs’s players focus can be distracted here. Ralph Hassenhutl’s men could take advantage of this to pick up at least one point on the road, which should be doable, especially since Harry Kane is unavailable as well.