Fifth-placed Tottenham travel to Southampton Saturday lunchtime to get their league campaign back on track after suffering only their second loss of the season last time out to Newcastle United at White Hart Lane. Ronald Koeman’s Saints sit 12th in what has been an inconsistent season for the south coast club.
Southampton have only picked up one point from their last four games, that against bottom club Aston Villa in their last home fixture, but Spurs will be tough opponents against whom they haven’t won in their last six meetings. Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have drawn the most number of matches (8) this term, and a repeat of last season’s 2-2 draw in the corresponding fixture could not be ruled out.
Southampton v Tottenham: Team News
The Saints are sweating over the fitness of their top scorer, Graziano Pelle, who is expected to undergo a fitness check of his knee. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is set to be out until at least next weekend with a toe injury. First choice goalkeeper Fraser Forster and forward Jay Rodriguez are long-term absentees.
Spurs, meanwhile, have doubts over the fitness of midfielders Mousa Dembele and Ryan Mason (both foot injury) and striker Clinton N’Jie’s knee, although the Cameroonian isn’t expected to feature with Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son available.
Southampton v Tottenham: Probable Line Ups
Southampton: Gazzaniga, Bertrand, Soares, Fonte, Van Dijk, Davis, Mane, Tadic, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Pelle.
Tottenham: Lloris, Alderweireld, Dier, Rose, Vertonghen, Walker, Alli, Dembele, Eriksen, Son, Kane.
Southampton v Tottenham: Key Stats
- Spurs have lost a league-high 11 points from winning positions this season.
- Saints have taken the lead in three of their last four league meetings with Spurs, losing two and drawing one of those three matches.
- Of players to have scored at least four goals for Spurs in the BPL, Harry Kane (32 goals) has the best minutes per goal ratio (140 mins per goal).
- Tottenham Hotspur are unbeaten in their last six Barclays Premier League matches against Southampton, winning five of those.
Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Tottenham
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