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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Southampton v Spurs, 09.03.19

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Southampton

Prem         Pl    W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home         20   15   2   3   49 - 21  47
Away         19    6   5   8   22 - 22  23
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Total(Prem)  39   21   7  11   71 - 43  70
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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)  39   21   7  11   71 - 43  70
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 111   51  27  33  201 -135 162
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Last Six Premier League results:-

S'hampton  -    DDLLWL

S'hampton  1-1    C.Palace
Burnley    1-1    S'hampton
S'hampton  1-2    Cardiff
Arsenal    2-0    S'hampton
S'hampton  2-0    Fulham
Man Utd    3-2    S'hampton

Spurs      -    WWWLLD
           
Spurs      2-1    Watford
Spurs      1-0    Newcastle
Spurs      3-1    Leicester
Burnley    2-1    Spurs
Chelsea    2-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Arsenal

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs     29 20  1  8  56-30  26   61
17. S'hampton 29  6  9 14  32-49 -17   27

Pochettino is feeling sore

Mauricio Pochettino won't be seen on the bench this week

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is more than a little sore over his two-match ban from the technical area imposed by the FA after his post-match spat with referee Mike Dean at Turf Moor two weeks ago. Apparently, Pochettino's transgression was not deemed a "first offence" as he had a warning earlier in the season, the details of which escape me. Pochettino was so upset about the news that it depressed him despite the magnificent 1-0 win at Dortmund, and our club's marvellous progress to the Champions league quarter-final.

Certainly the punishment of a two-match ban (plus a fine) seems harsh compared to the past multiple offending of the likes of Mourinho, and even recent offences by Jurgen Klopp. In the meantime, Poch's second-in-command Jesus Perez will be in the technical area, although the manager is allowed in the stadium and in the dressing room pre-match and at half-time.

My good friend Gary Parker (@gp6970 on Twitter) composed this chant whilst en route back from Dortmund:-

Weve got Perez, Jesus Perez,
I just dont think you understand ....
Poch is in the stand,
but hes second in command,
weve got Jesus Perez

I hope to hear (and sing) this song tomorrow!

There is good news for Spurs insofar as another figure in the picture above - Dele Alli - has been training with the players this week and could be available and fit enough to play. Whether we see him from the start or off the bench remains to be seen but what a great boost it would be to see Dele, who hasn't featured since the Fulham game on 20th January when he scored, but had to off after 79 minutes with his hamstring injury.

Harry Winks is subject to late assessment, but as Eric Dier returned for the last 40 minutes on Wednesday, I would expect to see him start. Kieran Trippier is undergoing treatment for gluteal muscle, so will be absent. There are likely to be one or two changes from Wednesday's side, with perhaps a back four, and Danny Rose slotting in at left back. We'll find out exactly who plays one hour before the 3pm kick-off as usual. I am going for a 3-1 win to Spurs and will explain my reasons below.

Mauricio Pochettino started his managerial career with Southampton in January 2013. They were 17th at the time, in relegation trouble. He guided them to safety in that first season ("Saints" lost 1-0 at White Hart Lane), before leading the South coast side to 8th place in 2013/14, after which he was snapped up by Daniel Levy.

Mauricio worked with two current Spurs players in his time at St Mary's - goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga and midfielder Victor Wanyama. Our other former "Saint" - Toby Alderweireld - was on loan with Southampton from Atletico Madrid in the season after Mauricio left fot Tottenham, joining us the following season. Spurs beat Southampton 3-2 at home and away in Pochettino's one full season at Southampton. We have been beaten by Southampton just once in the last 9 games with Pochettino in charge, and they have not beaten Spurs at home since March 2005, which was before their 7 year absence from the Premier League.

When we beat Southampton at home in December it was the one game assistant coach Kelvin Davis had charge of before new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl took over. Southampton were in the bottom three then, and whilst there is no doubt Southampton's football has improved, they have not won enough games, and remain in relegation trouble. Cardiff beat them at home and away which was a mighty blow.

Southampton have scored though in all but three of the games they have played since we last met, and they have given decent sides a good game, notably only last week at Old Trafford, when they lost 3-2 with Lukaku scoring a late winner. Goals have been coming from various sources, but recently James Ward-Prowse has scored 5, including one penalty. Danny Ings is the top scorer, but he has been out with a hamstring injury and will not be risked tomorrow.

Two games after we last played Southampton, and beat them 3-1, we achieved a magnificent 1-1 draw away to Barcelona to secure our path to the Round of 16 which we successfully negotiated this week in Germany. Now we meet them again, and I'll take us to repeat the 3-1 medicine with Harry Kane surely favourite to score for a fifth successive game against the "Saints" and in his fourth successive game at St Mary's.

Match referee Kevin Friend took over the post of fourth official from Mike Dean when we recently lost at Stamford Bridge. We've seen Mr. Friend in the middle three times this season, and the only one we won was the New Years' Day game at Cardiff. The first record I can find of this referee in charge of Spurs is November 2009 when we beat Sunderland 2-0.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - 20 years ago on March 10th 1999, we lost 2-0 at Elland Road.

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