Tottenham Hotspur taking on Southampton will make for a rather interesting game, especially considering the fact that this is Mauricio Pochettino’s former club. Spurs have enjoyed good form at home this season, but will they be able to harness that energy away from against Southampton?
Erik Lamela remains a doubt for the North London based side, but that shouldn’t affect their chances. They have won four consecutive home games and are one point off the top four. However they haven’t won a game on their travels since overcoming Middlesbrough in September.
Southampton were the last side to beat Spurs at White Hart Lane in the league and go into the game full of confidence following a convincing 3-1 victory over south coast neighbours Bournemouth.
Spurs have not won away in eight games in all competitions.
Saints’ top scorer Austin still out with shoulder injury.
Rodriguez may start after scoring twice against Bournemouth.
Spurs boss Pochettino says “bravery” is the key to his philosophy.
Southampton are up to a season-best of seventh in the Premier League.
League head to head
- 08/05/2016 Premier League 2015/2016 Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 2 Southampton
- 19/12/2015 Premier League 2015/2016 Southampton 0 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
- 25/04/2015 Premier League 2014/2015 Southampton 2 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
- 05/10/2014 Premier League 2014/2015 Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 0 Southampton
- 23/03/2014 Premier League 2013/2014 Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 2 Southampton
- 22/12/2013 Premier League 2013/2014 Southampton 2 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur: Dele Alli
Dele Alli was Tottenham’s second strongest threat last term, with Harry Kane the only player to find the net more regularly than the 20-year-old.
Alli has not been as efficient this season and, despite being on course to match last year’s total of 10 goals for the club, he aims to improve on this during the second half of the season.
The youngster appreciates space and times his runs that enables him to find great goalscoring positions. Alli is hard for midfielders to track, or for defenders to pick up when he is running towards them.
Southampton: Nathan Redmond
Admittedly, Redmond has not been in his best form for a major chunk of the season so far. With only three goals to his name and a solitary assist it is time for the former Norwich man to step up.
In such situations, the fans can become frustrated and Redmond needs to pull his socks up and improve his form. Playing against Spurs might just allow him a chance or two to do well, especially since the Spurs haven’t been playing well outside their home ground.
Tottenham have been in really good form and this might push them to break their duck away from White Hart Lane. I predict a very tight encounter as many teams have found it tough at St Mary’s but I’ll go with a 1-0 victory for Spurs.