Tottenham will be looking to continue their charge towards the top four when they travel to Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Spurs stumbled to a disappointing draw with Norwich last time out, but with just five points separating Jose Mourinho’s side from fourth-placed Chelsea, everything is still up for grabs.
Spurs will be hoping to continue their fight for a place in top four on Wednesday as they travel to St Mary’s Stadium on New Year’s Day. The Lillywhites recently picked up a disappointing draw against Norwich City, but with Jose Mourinho and his side just five points behind Chelsea, they’ll be doing everything they can to avoid another slip up.
Meanwhile, the Saints have found a new lease of life in the past week – conjuring up positive results against both Crystal Palace and the Blues. Ralph Hasenhuttl will be hoping their great form continues as they face yet another London club in the new year.
Southampton, meanwhile, have found a new lease of life in the past week, conjuring up positive results against both Crystal Palace and Chelsea. The Saints have picked up four points from those two fixtures, and have lifted themselves away from the relegation spots for now.
There’s still plenty of work to do though, starting with this tricky clash against last season’s beaten Champions League finalists. Here, 90min previews the game.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Wednesday 1 January|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||15:00 (GMT)|
|Where Is It Played?||St Mary’s Stadium|
|TV Channel/Livestream?||BT Sport 1|
For the Saints, Moussa Djenepo appears to be back and fit after appearing in Southampton’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
However, Shane Long remains on the sidelines as he continues to suffer with a knee injury, with Yan Valery also unlikely to return for New Year’s Day. Ralph Hasenhuttl may choose to start Micheal Obafemi ahead of Che Adams, following the forward’s impressive performance against Chelsea the previous week.
On the other hand, Spurs fans will be delighted to know that both Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks will be available for the game as they return from suspension. However, Son Heung-min still has one match to serve, after his red card against Chelsea earlier this month.
In terms of injuries, Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies will both be out for the upcoming fixture with Lloris still recovering with his elbow injury, while Davies recovers from an ankle problem. Danny Rose is also a major doubt, after the left back sustained a muscle injury.
|Southampton:||McCarthy; Cedric, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Obafemi, Ings|
|Tottenham:||Gazzaniga; Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Ndombele, Winks, Sissoko; Alli, Lucas; Kane|
Tottenham have won 11 of 15 Premier League meetings with Southampton since the Saints returned to the division in 2012 – against no side have they won more often against in that time.
Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw by bottom-side Norwich City last time out and have now conceded 17times in 10 matches since Jose Mourinho was appointed in November, with no Premier League team conceding more in all competitions during that period.
Head to Head Record
There is a long line of history between the two sides with Spurs coming out victorious 82 times against Southampton’s 63 wins. There have also been 49 draws between the two teams, but the north London side hold the better overall record.
They last met earlier this campaign with Spurs managing a 2-1 win, despite having Serge Aurier sent off just past the half hour mark.
Despite the Saints’ 19/20 campaign getting off to a pretty ropey start, they have recently knocked up some pretty impressive results.
Their most recent game ended as a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, with Hasenhuttl picking up convincing wins against Aston Villa and Chelsea previously.
Spurs have also been in good form. Since Mourinho’s appointment last month, Tottenham have managed to climb their way back up the table. However, a few knock-backs, including their most recent 2-2 draw against relegation-battlers Norwich City, means they go into the game in sixth place.
Here’s how the two teams have performed in their last five games.
|Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace (28/12)||Norwich City 2-2 Tottenham (28/12)|
|Chelsea 0-2 Southampton (26/12)||Tottenham 2-1 Brighton (26/12)|
|Aston Villa 1-3 Southampton (21/12)||Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea (22/12)|
|Southampton 0-1 West Ham (14/12)||Wolves 1-2 Tottenham (15/12)|
|Newcastle 2-1 Southampton (08/12)||Bayern Munich 3-1 Tottenham (11/12)|
Southampton may have caused an upset for Chelsea on Boxing Day, but it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to conjure up the same result against a highly-motivated Tottenham side.
Now Spurs have Sissoko and Winks back in the squad, they’ll be able to pose a bigger threat against Southampton than they did with Norwich – plus their hopes of getting into the top four will be that much closer with three points.
Prediction: Southampton 1-3 Tottenham