Technical Director Martin Hunter is expecting tonight's opponents, Tottenham Hotspur, to test his Southampton Under-23 side in a different way.
Saints will be looking to get back to winning ways after a 2-2 draw against their Leicester City counterparts at Staplewood Campus on Monday night.
After a more physical battle with the Foxes, Hunter says the squad are raring to go at St Mary’s, where supporters will have free entry for the Premier League 2 contest, which kicks off at 7pm BST.
He said: “It will be a complete contrast to playing Leicester, as they were very direct and good at it too.
“They’ve got some very gifted players on the ball and we’ll get tested in a different way.
“We wanted three points from the performance [against Leicester City] but we’ve spoken about the two goals we gave away and de-briefed, so we’re raring to go again.
“The surface at St Mary’s will be superb as normal, with a small crowd, which is great news against completely different opponents.”
Three wins and a draw from five games represent a fine start to the PL2 campaign for Hunter's side.
But he insists that such form is not just owing to the Under-23s age group, with many of the younger academy players stepping up and providing competition for places.
“We’re delighted with the consistency so far, but that’s a reflection of the Under-18 team as well,” he said.
“We’ve have had quite a few injuries and the younger boys who have stepped in have not only held their own but made an impression.
“We’re at a phase of their learning now where we want them to win, which is no different against Spurs.”