Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur begin life after Jose Mourinho when they welcome Southampton to North London amid fury and condemnation from supporters over their involvement in the European Super League in Wednesday’s Premier League clash. The match is scheduled at 22:30 IST on 21st January. Find our Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton predictions below.
Tottenham will almost certainly be without top scorer Harry Kane, who is expected to miss up to three weeks due to an ankle injury. It will take a brave soul to guess how Mason would line up for his first game as manager.
Carlos Vinicius, who was dropped by Mourinho for tactical reasons against Everton could be brought back, but Lucas Moura is another choice for the visitors.
Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks, and Japhet Tanganga look to make an impression under new management with just six days to prepare for an EFL Cup final, further rotation is possible.
Gareth Bale will hope to be handed a new lease of life now that Mourinho has been relieved of his duties, and he ought to feel confident about his chances of starting against his former club this week.
Southampton will welcome Takumi Minamino back to the fold who will likely challenge Theo Walcott for the chance to replace Moussa Djenepo out wide. after he was disqualified for the FA Cup.
In the cup, Nathan Redmond was selected at number one, but he was replaced by Che Adams just before the hour mark, and he would most likely relinquish his spot to the Scotland international here.
Will Smallbone, Oriol Romeu, and Michael Obafemi are all out, and Hasenhuttl might be tempted to reintroduce Alex McCarthy in goal after Fraser Forster’s three goals against West Bromwich Albion, but the latter should retain his place for the time being.
Mason must first and foremost concentrate on the job at hand against Southampton even though the new manager bounce would has Spurs fans dreaming of cup glory under new management right away.
However, the Saints realistically only have pride to play for and travel to the capital with a dire away record, so we expect Spurs to begin the post-Mourinho era in perfect fashion with all three points.
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Tanganga, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Winks; Bale, Lo Celso, Son; Vinicius
Southampton possible starting lineup:
Forster; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Minamino, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Ings, Adams