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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Southampton, 28.09.19

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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         20    6   5   9   23 - 24  23
Total(Prem)  40   21   7  12   72 - 45  70
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)  22   13   4   5   52 - 28  38
Away(Div 1)  22    6   8   8   25 - 35  24
Total(Div 1) 44   19  12  13   77 - 63  62
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)  14    9   3   2   41 - 12  21
Away(Div 2)  14    2   5   7   12 - 17   9
Total(Div 2) 28   11   8   9   53 - 29  30
Total(Prem)  40   21   7  12   72 - 45  70
Total(Div 1) 44   19  12  13   77 - 63  62
Total(Div 2) 28   11   8   9   53 - 29  30
Grand Total 112   51  27  34  202 -137 162

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WDLDWL
Spurs      3-1    A. Villa
Man City   2-2    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Newcastle
Arsenal    2-2    Spurs
Spurs      4-0    C. Palace
Leicester  2-1    Spurs

S'hampton  -    LLWDWL

Burnley    3-0    S'hampton
S'hampton  1-2    Liverpool
Brighton   0-2    S'hampton
S'hampton  1-1    Man Utd
Sheff Utd  0-1    S'hampton
S'hampton  1-4    B'mouth

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 7. Spurs      6  2  2  2  12-8    4    8
13. S'hampton  6  2  1  3   6-9   -3    7

Spurs must go marching in!

Southampton have had a better week than Spurs, despite losing their last league game 3-1 at home to South coast rivals Bournemouth. You see, they are not the South coast rivals who matter to "Saints"' fans. That, of course, is Portsmouth, who were roundly beaten 4-0 in the Carabao Cup, while we were suffering an embarrassing penalty shoot-out defeat at Colchester. Never mind the fact that Portsmouth have League One status these days. Southampton manager Ralf Hasenhuttl had been educated regarding the importance of this game to his team's fans, and fielded a strong team. Danny Ings scored two of their goals, whilst Cedric and substitute Redmond added the third and fourth.

Spurs have had a bad week, losing at Leicester, before the mid-week match for which Mauricio Pochettino made changes in all 10 outfield positions. I expect those changes to be reversed for tomorrow's games. Already this season, despite our plush (still new) stadium, a degree of apathy and negativity has set in with many Spurs fans if social media is to be believed. I understand that although tickets are available for this game via the club's ticket share/exchange system, many will be unsold. No doubt plenty of over-priced Premium tickets will also be unsold, and that 62,200 capacity will remain elusive.

Some fans may be keeping their powder dry and saving hard-earned funds for Tuesday's Champions League game against Bayern Munich. Spurs cannot afford to be less than 100% committed to victory tomorrow in their moderate position in a so far compacted Premier League table (excluding the very top and bottom clubs). Southampton, who have so far beaten Brighton (another South coast rival) and Sheffield United away from home, are just one point behind Spurs. The tune is familiar to both sets of fans, but it is "The Spurs" who must go "marching in" here.

Spurs will be targeting maximum points from their next three league games against "Saints", "Seagulls" and "Hornets", then maybe the fans will be buzzing all the way to Liverpool for consecutive away games in late October/early November.

Last season's home game followed Mark Hughes' dismissal as Southampton manager. The new manager did not take over until after our game, which featured goals by Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min. Only 33,000 bothered to turn up on a cold December night at Wembley, but despite my previous comments, tomorrow's crowd will be approaching the 60,000 mark. That game last year preceded a trip to Leicester. This one follows the same Premier League fixture this season.

After a defeat at Cardiff, Hasenhuttl did lead his new team to wins over Arsenal and lowly Huddersfield. Southampton had a run of 7 games unbeaten in the New year and ultimately finished five points and two places clear of the dreaded relegation. For the first time this season the Spurs Odyssey "last six matches" form guide illustrates what has happened in games played this season only.

50 years ago today (27th September, 1969) Steve Perryman made his league debut at White Hart Lane in a 1-0 home defeat by Sunderland. I was at that game, and obviously disappointed by the result, but not by the energy that Stevie P brought to the game. How Spurs need such energy and inspiration now! Stevie will be interviewed at half-time tomorrow.

There is no new team news for Spurs with two of our three major signings still sidelined (Lo Celso and Sessegnon). Juan Foyth was on the bench at Colchester and may get some game time tomorrow. Southampton will still be without Moussa Djenepo, who has a thigh injury. Djenepo was a summer signing from Standard Liege, and has two Premier League goals to his name already, so will be missed. The Southampton players to look out for in my opinion are James Ward-Prowse, who is always dangerous from dead ball situations and Nathan Redmond, whose pace will offer a real test.

I hope I am not being over-optimistic by predicting a 3-0 win for Spurs!

The match referee will be Graham Scott. This will be his sixth game in charge of Spurs. That last game was our 1-0 win at home to Burnley last December. With the use of VAR and the greater workload for officials, Mr Scott has been deployed as fourth official or VAR for previous games this season. VAR tomorrow will be Darren England, normally seen at Championship or lower league games. Mr England refereed Tuesday night's 5-0 win for Arsenal over Nottingham Forest.

"Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. 10 years ago on 26th September, we beat Burnley 5-0. Robbie Keane scored 4 goals!

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