Match Preview: Spurs vs Saints

By SFC Media Sat 18 Mar Spurs vs Saints

Get set for Southampton's visit to Tottenham Hotspur with our in-depth match preview...

THE MATCH

Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton
Sunday 19th March
2.15pm GMT
Premier League
White Hart Lane

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Saints start the weekend in tenth position in the table, with games in hand on the teams around them.

The highest they could hope to climb is ninth, though, which would require the full complement of points at White Hart Lane, as well as a loss for Stoke at home to leaders Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

Spurs will be hoping for the opposite result in both games, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who head into the latest round of matches second in the Premier League, look to close the ten-point gap to the Blues.

TEAM NEWS:

Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane’s absence has been the big injury news in the division this week, with the Spurs striker set for a number of weeks on the sidelines after damaging ankle ligaments. Former Saints midfielder Victor Wanyama is doubtful with a slight knock, as is Kyle Walker, but Mousa Dembélé is fit. Danny Rose and Erik Lamela remain absent.

Martín Cáceres in training

Southampton: There are no fresh injury concerns for Claude Puel, who could name an unchanged starting line-up for the fourth game in a row. But new signing Martín Cáceres has now made two appearances for the Under-23s and could be pushing for a first appearance.

FORM GUIDE:


Tottenham’s previous five:

Millwall (h) W 6-0 (FA Cup)
Everton (h) W 3-2
Stoke City (h) W 4-0
Gent (h) D 2-2 (Europa League)
Fulham (a) W 3-0 (FA Cup)

Southampton’s previous five:

Watford (a) W 4-3
Manchester United (n) L 2-3 (EFL Cup)
Sunderland (a) W 4-0
West Ham United (h) L 1-3
Swansea City (a) L 2-1

TOP PERFORMERS

Spurs will be without their biggest danger man, with 24-goal Harry Kane sidelined through injury, but they possess plenty of other firepower. Between them, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min have 30 goals across all competitions this season, while Christian Eriksen’s 16 assists mark him out as a major threat as always.

Top scorers: Harry Kane (24), Dele Alli (16), Son Heung-Min (14)
Most assists: Christian Eriksen (16), Erik Lamela (6)

Manolo Gabbiadini
Attack stats
Goals
6
Total shots
12
Shots on target
8
Conversion rate
50%
Mins per goal
55
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Manolo Gabbiadini and Nathan Redmond are fast closing in on Charlie Austin’s lead at the top of the scoring charts, and they are not the only players in Southampton’s attacking four who are shining, with Dušan Tadić and James Ward-Prowse also sitting atop the club’s assist chart.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Manolo Gabbiadini, Nathan Redmond (6)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić (6), James Ward-Prowse (5)

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

All-time record:

Played: 118
Tottenham: 52
Draws: 29
Southampton: 37

Previous four meetings:

December 2016: Southampton 1-4 Tottenham (van Dijk)
May 2016: Tottenham 1-2 Southampton (Davis 2)
December 2015: Southampton 0-2 Tottenham
April 2015: Southampton 2-2 Tottenham (Pellè 2)

DID YOU KNOW?

Manolo Gabbiadini will become only the third player in Premier League history to score in each of his first four appearances in the competition if he finds the net against Spurs.

The Italian striker has now scored in each of his last seven competitive appearances, including all four of his matches with Southampton.

Saints have scored four goals in each of their past two league games – the last time they did it over three games was in December 1980, with that run including a 4-4 draw at White Hart Lane.

NOT AT THE GAME?

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to White Hart Lane, as we’ll be keeping you right up to speed.

We’ll have live updates and free audio commentary in our match centre at southamptonfc.com, while our social channels will bring you further updates and lots of behind-the-scenes access:

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