Southampton close out the round of post-Christmas fixtures when they host former manager Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham side on Wednesday evening at St. Mary’s.

The Saints sit eighth in the Premier League after Everton’s Boxing Day win took Ronald Koeman’s side above his former employers.

Tottenham know that whatever happens they will remain fifth, but could go back to within a point of fourth-placed rivals Arsenal with a win on the south coast.

Claude Puel’s side go into the game on a high after their 3-1 over local rivals Bournemouth last week, a game that could well become a fresh derby given time and enough encounters.

Both sides will have been frustrated to have had to wait ten days since their last outings, where Spurs also racked up three points with a win over Sean Dyche’s Burnley.

Despite having had plenty of time to prepare for the clash, it is the first in a busy week for Southampton, who host West Brom on New Year’s Eve, before a trip to Everton on 2nd January.

With that in mind it may well be wise to rotate a little, meaning there are chances for others to get a go in the side, here are THREE who deserve a crack against Spurs…

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