SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21:  Dusan Tadic of Southampton is challenged by Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

4 Key Battles That Could Decide Wednesday’s Clash Between Tottenham and Southampton

Tottenham welcome struggling Southampton to Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, as both teams look to bounce back from disappointing weekends in the Premier League. 

Spurs were defeated 4-2 by bitter rivals Arsenal in Sunday’s north London Derby in a fiery affair at the Emirates. The result saw them drop down to fifth in the table, following three consecutive league wins. 

Southampton gave away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 against Manchester United on Saturday, as they remain in the relegation zone and without a permanent manager as Mark Hughes was dismissed earlier this week.

With both Tottenham and Southampton desperately needing three points, it will be an important meeting at Wembley Stadium. Here is a look at four key battles that could decide Wednesday’s clash.  

1. Harry Kane vs Jack Stephens

Kane has been in top form as usual, with 12 goals in 19 games this season. Despite falling to a derby defeat against Arsenal, he also picked up a goal against the Gunners through a penalty. He remains Spurs' main threat, and will be looking to add to his goal tally against the Saints. 

Young English defender Jack Stephens will have to deal with him on Wednesday. Stephens has played nine times this season, and will face a big challenge in Harry Kane at Wembley, despite being just one year his junior.  

2. Juan Foyth vs Stuart Armstrong

With regular starter Jan Vertonghen suspended following his red card on Sunday, Juan Foyth will fill in once again. The young Argentinian will be making his sixth appearance of the season, and will hope to impress following his strong performances in recent matches.

He will be dealing with Stuart Armstrong on Wednesday, who is currently Southampton’s main attacking threat. Despite not scoring in his first nine games this season, the Scottish midfielder has been in top form recently, scoring three goals in two games. 

With both players in their first Premier League season, it will be interesting to see how they fare against each other.  

3. Lucas Moura vs Ryan Bertrand

Lucas has made 19 appearances this season for Spurs, scoring five goals. Although his last came at the start of November against Wolves, the Brazilian is still a crucial player and adds a new attacking flair to the side.

He'll face off against Southampton's Ryan Bertrand, although he has not been playing recently. After playing every league game, Bertrand has missed the last two league outings.

Nevertheless, he looks likely to return as captain, as he prepares for an intriguing duel against Moura.

4. Harry Winks vs Oriol Romeu

In the centre of midfield, Wembley will host an important battle between two experienced midfielders.

Harry Winks has begun to establish himself much more for Spurs, making 19 appearances this season. The Englishman is yet to score, but has put in solid performances alongside Moussa Sissoko in midfield.

Going against him on Wednesday will be Oriol Romeu. The Spaniard hasn't played since late October, but Hughes' dismissal should open the door for him to come back to the side and make an impact by winning this midfield matchup.