Former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has had his say this afternoon’s FA Cup fourth round tie between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs started the New Year in the worst possible way on the south coast when they not only suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Saints in the Premier League but also lost the services of Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko for the next few months.
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has sparked a remarkable transformation in his side’s fortunes following the 9-0 humiliation against Leicester in October, they now find themselves just three points behind Jose Mourinho’s side in the table.
Thankfully, league form tends to go out of the window in cup competitions with most Spurs fans certainly expecting to see their name in the draw for the fifth round to keep alive any hopes of winning a trophy this season.
Owen believes that it will be a closely contested affair at St Mary’s and will have to take them back to North London for a replay.
He told BetVictor: “One of the ties of the round and Southampton bounced back from surrendering a two-goal lead at home to Wolves at the weekend when they were comfortable winners at Selhurst Park midweek.
“The Saints are, arguably, a better side on the road at present and I don’t think either side would be too unhappy if the game finished in a draw.
“Spurs picked up a win against Norwich in the Premier League midweek. The only other game they have won so far in 2020 was the 3rd Round replay at home to Boro after a 1-1 draw in the original tie at the Riverside.”
The Saints won the league game between the sides on New Year’s Day 1-0, but I think Spurs will get a replay in what promises to be a terrific game.
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