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Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur – St Mary’s Stadium – Emirates FA Cup fourth-round – Saturday 3pm
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur – Preview:
Jose Mourinho takes his Spurs side back to St Mary’s for the second time this month, keen to avoid a similar disaster to the one which betroth his charges on New Year’s Day.
The Saints won that particular encounter thanks to a single Danny Ings. Meanwhile, the day darkened further when Harry Kane limped out of the action for Mourinho’s men with a serious hamstring injury.
Nevertheless, speaking after the Lilywhites midweek Premier League victory over Norwich, the Spurs chief spoke positively as his side continue to evolve under his guidance.
“The team fought because the team wants to do well,” the Portuguese explained.
“The team know the situation is not easy. The team knows that in this moment every point is a point that helps you in the table.
“Every victory makes you close some gaps, every defeat makes you go away from your objectives.”
But Spurs will face a Saints side off the back of a 2-0 success at Crystal Palace – their third win in four matches, a run which has carried them into the top half of the Premier League
You’d have to go back to January 3, 2003, for the last time Spurs faced Southampton in the FA Cup. That day, goals from Michael Svensson, Anders Svensson, Jo Tessem and James Beattie handed the Saints a resounding 4-0 third-round victory in front of a 25, 589 crowd at St Mary’s.
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur – Head to head:
Southampton won: 64
Tottenham Hotspur won: 82
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur – Last five meetings (all competitions):
January 21, 2018 – Premier League
Southampton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
December 5, 2018 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Southampton
March 9, 2019 – Premier League
Southampton 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
September 28, 2019 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Southampton
January 1, 2020 – Premier League
Southampton 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Jeevesie’s prediction: Southampton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur