The Chalkboard: Lucas and Son will play key role in Tottenham beating Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to bounce back from derby-day disappointment when they host Southampton at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Spurs were on the end of a 4-2 defeat against their arch-rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, and they dropped out of the top four in the Premier League table as a result.

While Saints are in the relegation zone, their 2-2 draw with Manchester United at the weekend and subsequent sacking of Mark Hughes could boost them, especially with reports that potential new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl could be watching in the stands.

On the chalkboard

Pochettino started with a 4-3-1-2 system against the Gunners, and while it worked effectively in the first half they were overrun by their opponents in the second.

Dele Alli and Harry Kane are Tottenham’s most important attacking players in general, but the former in particular struggled to have an impact against Unai Emery’s men, and considering the busy fixture list he may not even start against Southampton.

Lucas Moura did come off the bench but had little time to make a difference against his former manager, but he and another attacking teammate can play a key role in seeing off Kelvin Davis’ side.

Why’s that?

Well, the former goalkeeper may well stick with the three-at-the-back formation the south coast outfit have started in their previous two matches, in order not to confuse his players too much at Wembley.

Should he stick with the same trio of Jannik Vestergaard, Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens, then Pochettino should be analysing closely how Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku performed at St Mary’s on Saturday.

The Southampton centre-backs struggled to deal with the movement of the Red Devils duo – especially for their two goals – and that coupled with the pace of Lucas and Son Heung-Min can cause them real problems again on Wednesday, perhaps even giving Kane more space to work with in crucial areas.

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