The congested run of fixtures is almost over, as Tottenham Hotspur looks to escape barely alive. Wednesday’s victory over Norwich City kept Spurs in the top four hunt, and with many difficult matches already out of the way, there is a plausible scenario for Champions League play next year. As this team has shown, though, it is wise to wait for more than just one positive match to believe that things are actually going in the right direction.
A good test for that will be Saturday’s FA Cup match against Southampton. The Saints came out victorious on New Year’s Day after a terrible performance by Spurs, so this rematch could be a measuring stick for how the team has (or has not) improved. The return of Hugo Lloris was a pleasant surprise during the midweek, but the squad is still not at full fitness, which has contributed to issues at both ends of the pitch. Midfield play remains key, and Jose Mourinho continues to tinker with the combinations, hoping to find a core that can relied upon for the foreseeable future.
Southampton has been a bit of a surprise as of late, sneaking all the way back up to ninth in the Premier League table, just three points behind Spurs. After a rougher start to the season, the Saints have come on strong, going 5-1-1 over their last seven league fixtures and dropping Huddersfield Town 3-0 in the FA Cup. Tottenham is still the better side on paper, but as seen three weeks ago, this will not be an easy match.
It took a replay for Tottenham to advance past Middlesbrough in the Third Round of the FA Cup, but with the club moving on, there is no reason to believe that Mourinho will not do all he can to advance in the competition. Winning today would keep that hope alive and help build a little bit of momentum and belief across the side. Next up in the league is Manchester City, so a victory here would be a nice boost heading into a tough fixture.
How to Watch
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. ET, 3:00 p.m. BT
Location: St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, England
Streaming: ESPN+ (USA)
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