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Full Record of Spurs -v- Southampton

Prem         Pl    W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home         21   16   2   3   51 - 22  50
Away         20    6   5   9   23 - 24  23
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Total(Prem)  41   22   7  12   74 - 46  77
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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)  41   22   7  12   74 - 46  77
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 113   52  27  34  204 -138 162
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Last Six Premier League results:-

S'hampton  -    WLLWWD

S'hampton  2-1    Norwich
Newcastle  2-1    S'hampton
S'hampton  0-1    West Ham
A. Villa   1-3    S'hampton
Chelsea    0-2    S'hampton
S'hampton  1-1    C. Palace

Spurs      -    LWWLWD
           
Man Utd    2-1    Spurs
Spurs      5-0    Burnley
Wolves     1-2    Spurs
Spurs      0-2    Chelsea
Spurs      2-1    Brighton
Norwich    2-2    Spurs

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs     20  8  6  6  36-29   7   30
15. S'hampton 20  6  4 10  24-38 -14   22

"Saints" or Spurs? Who will go marching into 2020?

Both sets of fans will be singing the song but will it be Spurs or "Saints" who go marching into 2020. 2020? To a person born in 1952 (that's me) just the sound of 2020 seems unreal, but here we are. I can't say I have a vision of Spurs glory coming too soon in the new decade.

There are those who argued that the new millennium did not start till 2001, and these are the same people who will tell you that 2021 will herald the start of the 21st century "Twenties". I accept that the second decade of the century is over and sadly, Spurs failed to win a major trophy in that time. That's the first decade since the forties when we have not lifted a domestic trophy.

Jose Mourinho has a great trophy-winning CV of course, and I am sure we can look forward to a proper tilt at this season's FA Cup, beginning with Sunday's game at the Riverside. In the meantime we have to knuckle down to business at St. Mary's Stadium.

It won't be easy on the South coast as Ralf Hasenhuttl's side have hit a bit of form in their last three games, beating Aston Villa and Chelsea away, before being held at home to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace. Those two wins were enough to draw the "Saints" away from the bottom three, but they are not clear of relegation danger yet, and will be only too happy to repeat the dose they gave Spurs in March 2019. We lost 2-1 and that was Southampton's first home win against us in 7 attempts since their previous home success back in 2005.

In March we went to Southampton on the back of a 1-0 away win against Borussia Dortmund and a 4-0 aggregate Round of 16 victory which put us on our path to the Champions League Final. Harry Kane gave us a 26th minute lead, but "Saints" sent us home with our tails between our legs thanks to second half goals by Valery and James Ward-Prowse.

We've had some rough Christmas visits to Southampton. A 2-0 defeat to Glenn Hoddle's Southampton side at the Dell on 27th December 2000 comes to mind. Our leader was George Graham (spotted watching Arsenal lose to Chelsea the other day), who would be replaced by Hoddle the following March. The following year on Boxing Day at their new stadium Southampton were delighted to put one over their former manager. They repeated the dose not once, but twice early in 2003, beating us 1-0 on New Year's Day in the league, before a horrible 4-0 FA Cup thrashing on 4th January. Those of us who travelled South for both games were in a mood of deep depression.

It's much better to focus on this most recent visit to St Mary's at this time of the year. On 28th December, 2016 we beat Southmpton 4-1 away with Dele Alli scoring two of our goals. That was the first of three consecutive games in which Dele scored two goals. In so doing, Dele became the first midfielder of the Premier League era to score twice in three consecutive games. Virgil van Dijk had given Southampton the lead in that 4-1 defeat, and we all know what has since happened to him!

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were our other scorers in that 4-1 win. "Sonny" has to serve the last game of his suspension impoosed following his sending-off against Chelsea, but we will have Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks available. Both are probably starters, having had an involuntary 6-day rest.

Southampton striker Danny Ings, once of Bournemouth, Burnley and then Liverpool, is in a rich vein of scoring form. Ings has 12 goals and stands third equal in the current Premier League scoring charts. Harry Kane is now only one behind him. Ings has scored in all but two of his last nine games. He also scored the "Saints"' goal in our home game played in September. That Ings goal came as a result of a horrible mistake by Hugo Lloris, who we hope to see back in action soon. Paulo Gazzaniga has been doing a very good job standing in, but there is no doubt about who remains our number one keeper, and that's Hugo.

That September win over Southampton also featured Tanguy Ndombele's second Spurs goal, and it was good to see him have playing well at Norwich.

Spurs have yet to keep a clean sheet away from home in the Premier League this season, in fact since New Year's Day last year at Cardiff, and it will be hard work tomorrow. Southampton have yet to keep a clean sheet at home this season in a Premier League game. Ever the optimistic one, I am predicting a 2-1 Spurs win! Whatever happens, I sincerely wish all readers a very happy and healthy New Year!

Our match referee will be Mike Dean, about whom we know plenty. It is nearly a full twenty years since he first took charge of a Spurs game when we beat Derby 3-1 in October 2000. All officials are kept busy these days with fourth official and VAR duties, but this is only Mr. Dean's second Spurs game in the middle this season. The last game was the home defeat by Newcastle.

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. We beat Peterborough 4-0 in a home FA Cup tie on January 2nd 2010.

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