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With new arrivals Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur in tow, Tottenham relied on the old faithful Harry Kane to get the job done against Brighton, with the England captain bagging a brace to keep Spurs’ fleeting hopes of silverware alive this term.
Emerson Royal‘s mazy run preceded his effort flying into the back of the net following a significant deflection off of Solly March from a tight angle as Yves Bissouma struck a consolation for Brighton, and FA Cup giant killers Middlesbrough are now standing in their way of a quarter-final appearance.
Ending the 14-year trophy drought would be a sure-fire way for Conte to etch his name into the Tottenham history books after less than a season in charge, as would steering the club back into the Champions League, but defeat to former club Chelsea did not aid that bid before the international break.
The Lilywhites return to Premier League action still with their top-four destiny in their own hands despite their seventh-placed standing, as Manchester United sit just two points clear of Spurs in the final Champions League spot having played two more matches, and they also have games in hand over Arsenal and West Ham United.
Spurs have taken 13 points from a possible 15 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium since Conte took charge and have also found the back of the net at least twice on each occasion, so Southampton fans can be forgiven for harbouring a pessimistic mindset on Wednesday.
Kulusevski and Bentancur both came off the bench for their Tottenham debuts against Brighton, and Conte may want to keep introducing the pair to English football slowly as they prepare to play substitute roles again.
Son Heung-min and Cristian Romero both returned to the starting lineup for the FA Cup win, but Conte still has three injury concerns in the forms of Eric Dier, Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga.
None of the trio will be fit to return on Wednesday, with the hosts potentially deploying an unchanged XI after a strong showing in the cup.
Meanwhile, Southampton lost defender Lyanco to a “very serious” thigh injury in the Coventry win, while Armando Broja will also need to be assessed after taking a knock to the knee.
Will Smallbone is back in training, and Hasenhuttl may be able to welcome Moussa Djenepo back to the fold following the Africa Cup of Nations, but Nathan Tella and Alex McCarthy remain sidelined.
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Fraser Forster will expect to return to the first XI despite Willy Caballero‘s heroics in the cup, as Walker-Peters, Mohammed Salisu and Oriol Romeu also prepare to return to the first XI.
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Romero, Sanchez, Davies; Emerson, Winks, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Lucas, Kane, Son
Southampton possible starting lineup:
Forster; Salisu, Bednarek, Stephens; Livramento, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Walker-Peters; Redmond, Adams, A. Armstrong