Can The Saints reach a Top 6 place?

Last updated: May 5, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Sunday, 1:30pm
Venue: White Hart Lane
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DDWWD
Away form: WWDWL
Last season: 1-0
Competition: The Premier League

The Saints have recently shown great a performance. They smashed Manchester City 4-2 last weekend. Shane Long scored the first goal of the game, but Sadio Mane was the real hero, bagging a hat-trick in the Citizens net. It’s interesting that Southampton have recorded the same number of victories, draws and defeats (6) when playing away from The St. Mary’s Stadium.

Spurs lost their chance to fight for the title, after finishing with a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday. However, Tottenham Hotspur had a very good season. Mauricio Pochettino’s players only lost 4 of 36 Premier League matches. Furthermore, they reached the 1/8-finals of The UEFA Europa League. Spurs also secured their place in The Champions League for next season.

Southampton usually struggle when visiting White Hart Lane. The Saints have won 7 of 38 away matches against Tottenham Hotspur, while Mauricio Pochettino’s players have recorded 25 victories, having scored 90 goals! Moreover, Tottenham have won 6 of the last 7 matches between these two teams. So, The Saints chance of three points are not very likely…

Team News

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur is going to miss the match against Southampton through suspension. The 20-year-old midfielder has scored 10 goals this season.

Nabil Bentaleb has recovered from his knee injury. The Algerian international midfielder has only recorded 5 appearances in The Premier League.

Ronald Koeman can use all his best players. The Dutch coach may not be making any changes in his starting eleven, because The Saints are showing a world class performance.

Harry Kane has scored 25 goals in 36 games in The Premier League and is the top goal-scorer of the division. He will try to score even more goals in the remaining two matches.

Quotes of the week

Mauricio Pochettino coach
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) :
“Our players are disappointed and sad, we need to feel that for the future. We are the youngest squad in the Premier League.”

ronald koeman is not pleased
Ronald Koeman (Southampton) :
“Sadio is a little bit unpredictable sometimes.”

Expected line-ups:

Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Vertonghen, Rose, Alderweireld, Walker, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Son, Kane.
Subs Wimmer, Chadli, Mason, Vorm, Bentaleb, Trippier, Davies.
Not available: Alli
Southampton (3-5-1-1): Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Wanyama, Tadic, Targett, Clasie, Mane, Long, Pelle.
Subs Yoshida, Stekelenburg, Oriol Romeu, Davis, Juanmi, Ward-Prowse, Soares.
Not available:

So far this season

. . .
Tottenham this season Southampton this season
2 League Position 7
10 (10) (at home) Wins (away) 10 (6)
5-1 vs. Bournemouth Biggest win 4-0 vs. Arsenal
6 (7) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (6)
2 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (6)
1-2 to Newcastle Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Everton
Kane (25) Top scorer Long, Pelle, Mane (10)
Eriksen (13) Assist Leader Tadic (10)
Y70, R0 Discipline Y53, R6
6 Failures to score 9
13 Clean Sheets 12
20 Both Teams to Score Games 17
19 Over 2.5 Games 17
17 Under 2.5 Games 19
  • Tottenham Hotspur haven’t recorded a defeat in their last 8 Premier League matches. The last time they lost was 2 months ago (0-1 to West Ham).
  • Spurs have the strongest defence in The Premiership. They have only conceded 28 goals in 36 matches, which means they concede 0.78 goals per game on average.
  • Mauricio Pochettino’s players won the first match of the season between these two teams 2-0 at The St. Mary’s Stadium. Kane and Alli secured the three points for Spurs.
  • The Saints have won 5 of their last 8 Premier League matches. They have scored 18, and have conceded 11 goals in these games.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
19/12/15 The Premier League Southampton 0-2 Tottenham H. Kane 40′
25/04/15 The Premier League Southampton 2-2 Tottenham G. Pellè 29′
05/10/14 The Premier League Tottenham 1-0 Southampton C. Eriksen 40′
23/03/14 The Premier League Tottenham 3-2 Southampton J. Rodriguez 19′
22/12/13 The Premier League Southampton 2-3 Tottenham A. Lallana 13′