Tottenham Hotspur will be aiming to bounce back from their embarrassing Carabao Cup exit to League Two side Colchester United when they face Southampton in the Premier League this weekend.
The Londoners are without a win in their last three games, dropping points against Olympiacos in the Champions League last week, before losing to Leicester City at the weekend and crashing out to Colchester on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Southampton eased through what could have been a difficult cup tie against fierce rivals Portsmouth, which proved a much needed recovery after last weekend’s 3-1 league defeat to Bournemouth at St. Mary’s.
The Saints will look to take advantage of the current mood at Spurs, but Mauricio Pochettino will be determined to get his side back on track.
Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, key men and more.
When is Tottenham vs Southampton and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Date: Saturday, 28 September 2019
Kick-off: 3:00 PM BST
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Tottenham vs Southampton
9 March 2019: Southampton 2-1 Tottenham (Premier League)
5 December 2018: Tottenham 3-1 Southampton (Premier League)
21 January 2018: Southampton 1-1 Tottenham (Premier League)
26 December 2017: Tottenham 5-2 Southampton (Premier League)
19 March 2017: Tottenham 2-1 Southampton (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Tottenham (LWDWW) 12-7 Southampton (WLDLL)
Ones to watch
Tottenham: Harry Kane
Kane wasn’t even in the squad for Tottenham’s trip to Colchester in midweek, with Pochettino handing 17-year-old Troy Parrott an opportunity to impress up front. Of course, Parrott cannot be blamed for failing to score on his debut; the likes of Lucas Moura and Dele Alli are more responsible for Spurs drawing a blank. Regardless, Kane’s return to the team should ensure the hosts are back among the goals this weekend. The England captain enjoys playing against Southampton.
Key stat: Kane has scored eight goals in nine Premier League appearances against Southampton.
Southampton: James Ward-Prowse
Ward-Prowse was one of the first young English players to experience Pochettino’s mentorship in this country. As a teenager he was given plenty of opportunities under the former Saints manager, and last season he came back to haunt the Argentinian with a stunning winner from a free-kick in Southampton’s 2-1 victory at St. Mary’s. Ward-Prowse will need to make the most of his chances when he receives the ball on Saturday as Spurs are likely to have the vast majority of possession.
Key stat: Ward-Prowse has created more chances (9) and attempted more shots (10) than any other Southampton player in the Premier League this season.
Ryan Sessegnon remains a doubt due to an ongoing hamstring problem. Giovanni Lo Celso is the only long-term absentee because of a hip injury that has ruled him out until the end of next month, while Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen could find themselves on the bench after fluffing their lines against Colchester.
Predicted XI: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Sissoko, Winks, Ndombele; Lamela, Son, Kane.
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Moussa Djenepo has missed Southampton’s last two matches with a muscle injury and remains out, while Alex McCarthy is also a doubt. Other than that, the squad is fully fit. Danny Ings will likely be rewarded with a start following his brace against Portsmouth.
Predicted XI: Gunn; Cedric, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg; Redmond, Adams, Ings.
Anything but nine points from their next three games will not be good enough for Tottenham, so they need to make a good start here. Southampton will have gained confidence from their midweek mauling of Portsmouth and could find the net, but Spurs should have enough to see them off, providing their attackers are in the correct frame of mind.
Scoreline prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Southampton