BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his score prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match at Southampton tomorrow.
The two Premier League sides meet in the fourth round of the FA Cup in what will be the second time they have faced each other this year.
Southampton condemned Jose Mourinho’s side to their first top flight defeat of 2020 on New Year’s Day in a match which saw both Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko pick up injuries which will see them not return to training until April.
Spurs bounced back to winning ways in midweek against Norwich City in a nervy 2-1 victory which saw the home side still looking short of ideas in the final third of the pitch.
Lawrenson believes it will be the Saints who will book their place in the fifth round of the competition which will leave Spurs with only the Champions League to contend for this season.
He told BBC Sport Online: “Southampton are on the up and their form is so good they are now only three points behind Tottenham in the Premier League, and also three points off fifth place.
“That tells you how much Saints have picked up, and they have been winning games by playing extremely well, not by being jammy.
“Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was willing to take the blame when his side lost 9-0 at home to Leicester in October, so I think he deserves the credit for turning things around, and with the same group of players.
“I’d back Hasenhttl again here, too. Saints beat Tottenham when they met at St Mary’s in the league on New Year’s Day, and I can see this tie having the same outcome.
“Jose Mourinho was supposedly meant to be delivering trophies when he arrived as Tottenham manager in November but their situation means the top four, and Champions League football, is what they really need.
“Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.”
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