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Spurs Odyssey Premier league Preview - Spurs v Southampton, 19.03.17

Last season's game - Spurs 1 Southampton 2, 08.05.16
This season's away game - Southampton 1 Spurs 4, 28.12.16
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Southampton

Prem         Pl    W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home         17   12   2   3   39 - 17  38
Away         18    6   4   8   21 - 21  22
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Total(Prem)  35   18   6  11   60 - 38  60
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)  22   13   4   5   52 - 28  38
Away(Div 1)  22    6   8   8   25 - 35  24
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Total(Div 1) 44   19  12  13   77 - 63  62
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)  14    9   3   2   41 - 12  21
Away(Div 2)  14    2   5   7   12 - 17   9
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Total(Div 2) 28   11   8   9   53 - 29  30
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Total(Prem)  35   18   6  11   60 - 38  60
Total(Div 1) 44   19  12  13   77 - 63  62
Total(Div 2) 28   11   8   9   53 - 29  30
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Grand Total 107   48  27  33  190 -130 152
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    DDWLWW

Man City   2-2   Spurs
S'derland  0-0   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   M'brough
Liverpool  2-0   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   Stoke
Spurs      3-2   Everton

S'hampton  -    LWLLWL

Burnley    1-0   S'hampton
S'hampton  3-0   Leicester
Swansea    2-1   S'hampton
S'hampton  1-3   West Ham
S'derland  0-4   S'hampton
Watford    3-4   S'hampton

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 2. Spurs     27 16  8  3  53-20  33   56
10. S'hampton 26  9  6 11  32-34  -2   33

Spurs can be able without Kane

A lot of fuss is being made about the latest injury to top scorer Harry Kane, who now faces a race to be fit for Spurs' FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea next month. That looks like being a close call, and Spurs have to get on with the task of accumulating Premier League points before our date at Wembley. After Kane went off injured early in last week's win over Millwall, Spurs proved they can manage without their talisman, scoring six goals in a 90 minute onslaught of League One Millwall.

When Harry was missing for 10 games earlier in the season, it would be a lie to say he was not missed, but it would also be true to say we didn't too badly without him. We won the first four games, including the magnificent 2-0 win over Man City, but then drew 4 of the next 6 games, losing the other two. Whilst goals were short in those 6 games (we never scored more than 1), we arguably missed ace defender Toby Alderweireld more when he got injured in the first draw at West Brom, then missed 10 games himself. One of the two matches we lost (without both players) was the League Cup game at Anfield, which they would possibly both have missed anyway.

Spurs have been beaten only once by Southampton since they returned to the Premier League in 2012. That was when Ronald Koeman brought "The Saints" to town last May, and won 2-1. Spurs' hearts were down after their failure to stop Leicester from winning the Premier league title. Three of the 9 games played since 2012 were against Mauricio Pochettino after he replaced Nigel Adkins. At least Pochettino is unbeaten when taking Spurs to St Mary's. In a total of 9 games played so far since Southampton's return , Spurs have won seven, drawn 1 and lost 1. The most convincing of the wins was our 4-1 on 28th December when Harry Kane was one of the scorers. Son scored one after replacing Moussa Sissoko, but Dele Alli grabbed the headlines with two goals, as he started a record run for a midfielder, scoring a brace in three consecutive Premier Leagaue games.

Southampton's form since our December win has been sporadic to say the least. Their greatest achievement was to reach their first major final for 14 years by beating Liverpool 1-0 at home and away in their EFL Cup semi-final. Then in the Final Claude Puel's side were arguably better for much of the game, but it was Manchester United who won 3-2 thanks to a late winner by Ibrahimovic. Puel brought off something of a masterstroke in the January transfer window by bringing in 25 year old Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini, who has scored 6 goals since his arrival, including two in that lost EFL Final. Gabbiadini has scored in each of the four games he has played, which include recent wins at Sunderland and Watford, when "The Saints" scored four.

Southampton have drawn just one of the last sixteen games, winning seven and losing 8 in all competitions. Perhaps with their eyes on the EFL Cup Final they lost badly at home to Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round. Dutch international defender Virgil van Dijk, who scored their opening goal against us in December is out till next month with an ankle injury. Southampton will have a fight on their hands to hold onto Van Dijk, who like our own Victor Wanyama was a former Celtic player.

Southampton are in no man's land in the Premier League on 33 points, closer in terms of points to the bottom three than they are to a possible European place. With the FA Cup going to one of the current top five sides, and Man Utd having already secured the EFL Cup, it looks like Everton in seventh place on 47 points will be favourites to secure a spare Europa League spot. Southampton do have one or two games in hand on many teams but their focus is going to be on securing more points as soon as possible. I expect a competitive game, especially after that 4-3 win at Watford two weeks ago.

With the exception of Kane, Spurs will surely start with a first choice eleven such as those who played two weeks ago against Everton. Mousa Dembele is definitely available, but both Kyle Walker and Victor Wanyama are being assessed over minor problems. I expect them to play. That means Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies; Eriksen, Alli and last week's hat-trick man Son up front.

Both teams have players in Gareth Southgate's England squad to face Germany in a friendly and Lithuania in World Cup qualifier. Kyle Walker, Eric Dier and Dele Alli represent Spurs, whilst "The Saints" have Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse in the squad. The last two have yet to win full England caps. The squad also features former Southampton players Nathan Clyne, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana, and ex-Spurs Jake Livermore and 34 year old Jermain Defoe.

Once again the TV cameras will be on Tottenham Hotspur (for the ninth consecutive game) for this 2.15pm kick-off. Spurs will be looking for their 10th consecutive home win in the Premier League, which would be a club record (but not for Football League games). It won't be easy, but if we can come up with a display anything like last week, then I feel confident we will win. I've predicted a 2-1 win!

Did you know? - It was Southampton who knocked us out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle in 1902, when we were the FA Cup holders. The match did go to a second replay (remember them?), which was played at Reading's Elm Park. Both teams were high-flying Southern League outfits at the time.

Match referee Andre Marriner was in charge of both our games against Manchester City this season, and also our home win against Hull. Mr. Marriner also refereed Southampton's 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in that EFL Cup Final. Gabbiadini had a "goal" controversially disallowed for offside, when the offending player was arguably not interfering with play.

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11 . On this date 6 years ago we drew 0-0 at home to West Ham.

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