Southampton welcome Tottenham to St. Mary’s in the Premier League as they look to put some more distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
The Saints sealed a crucial victory on the road on Sunday as they downed European chasing West Ham thanks to a headed winner from Jan Bednarek in a 3-2 win.
The triumph lifted Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side nine points clear of the relegation zone – albeit having played more games – but the psychological boost could be significant as they approach the new year.
Here’s how the Saints could line up.
Fraser Forster (GK) – Southampton fans have been clamouring for his inclusion long-term.
Kyle Walker-Peters (RB) – Tino Livramento has played relentlessly this season and Hasenhuttl may view it as an opportunity to rest the teenager.
Jan Bednarek (CB) – Lacks pace, but he boasts the physicality to deal with Harry Kane.
Mohammed Salisu (CB) – Developing into an impressive defender this season.
Romain Perraud (LB) – Could come into the team as Walker-Peters moves over to the right hand side.
Stuart Armstrong (RM) – Back from injury and Hasenhuttl will be keen to utilise his energy in midfield.
Oriol Romeu (CM) – Solid ball winner and his ability to read the game will be pivotal as Spurs aim to thread passes through to Kane and Son Heung-min.
James Ward-Prowse (CM) – A dead ball specialist and the leader in the Saints’ midfield.
Mohamed Elyounoussi (LM) – Netted Southampton’s opener at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Armando Broja (ST) – Has looked Southampton’s most potent threat infront of goal in recent months.
Che Adams (ST) – His injury came as a huge blow to both himself and the coaching staff as he was just beginning to find his goalscoring groove.