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Last season's game - Southampton 1 Spurs 0, 01.01.20
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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         21    6   5  10   23 - 25  23
Total(Prem)  42   22   7  13   74 - 47  77  1.83 Pts per game
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)  42   22   7  13   74 - 47  77
Total(Div 1) 44   19  12  13   77 - 63  62
Total(Div 2) 28   11   8   9   53 - 29  30
Grand Total 114   52  27  35  204 -139 162

Last Six Premier League results:-

S'hampton  -    DDDWWL

Everton    1-1    S'hampton
Man Utd    2-2    S'hampton
S'hampton  1-1    Brighton
B'mouth    0-2    S'hampton
S'hampton  3-1    Sheff Utd
C. Palace  1-0    S'hampton

Spurs      -    DWWWDL
B'mouth    0-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Arsenal
Newcastle  1-3    Spurs
Spurs      3-0    Leicester
C. Palace  1-1    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Everton

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
14. S'hampton  1  0  0  1   0-1   -1    0 
15. Spurs      1  0  0  1   0-1   -1    0   

Strange silence from THFC ended!

Gareth Bale was greeted by a small group of enthusiastic Spurs fans when he arrived at the Hotspur Way training ground early yesterday afternoon. Bale's Real Madrid team-mate (should that say squad-mate?) Sergio Reguilon travelled with him. The media has been full of the story of this presumed settled move and the clamour from Spurs fans waiting for Spurs to formally announce the new signings has been astonishing.

24 hours later there was still no announcement and in fact Spurs fell strangely silent with no news even of this morning's U-18 match away to Arsenal which we won!

At long last around 6pm the signing of left back Sergio Reguilon (number 3) was confirmed and the season-long loan of Gareth Bale (number 9) followed. Having worn number 16 when he was signed from Southampton, followed by number 3 then 11 in subsequent years, Gareth now has the number 9 shirt. I look forward to seeing both these players in the flesh as soon as possible!

There's still not been any team news regarding tomorrow's game, but we had no injuries apart from Tanganga before Thursday's game and I have no reason to believe there has been any change. With four games to be played in 8 days, Jose Mourinho must surely ring the changes for this game with one former Southampton player - Toby Alderweireld - surely bound to start. Matt Doherty may get a rest and make way for Serge Aurier, who played no part on Thursday. Dele Alli should be involved too.

Southampton suffered a nasty shock and a Carabao Cup exit on Wednesday night when they were beaten at home 2-0 by a Brentford side which was weakened by a positive Covid-19 test within the squad leading to only five substitutes being available. The "Saints" on the other hand were almost at full strength with 10 players who had started last week's Premier League game.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said:- "We have to be very, very clear that at the moment, with the team we have, it will be very difficult to win games...." Let's hope his team does not find its winning ways against Spurs!

Last season's away game at St. Mary's was lost, and we saw Harry Kane pull up with his hamstring injury which kept him out till post-lockdown. It's a sobering thought that the lockdown enabled Kane (and other Spurs players) to play a full part in our last 9 games, during which Harry scored a vital seven goals. Danny Ings scored 10 goals for Southampton in the remainder of their season and with a total of 22 finished runner-up to Jamie Vardy, level with Aubameyang.

Until last week's narrow defeat at Selhurst Park the "Saints" had been unbeaten in 7 games and eventually finished 12th, having been under threat of relegation earlier in the season. One of their best results of the season was surely in January when they beat Leicester away, having suffered that ignominious 9-0 home defeat last October. That away win must have boosted morale no end.

Kyle Walker-Peters, permanently signed from Spurs this summer having been on loan, had an eventful game last week. He had provided promising crosses before and after the incident when he was initially shown a red card by Jon Moss, before that was downgraded to yellow. Kyle will no doubt relish the chance (if selected) to prove his worth to his former manager. He certainly showed more energy than did most of the Spurs team against Everton.

Spurs' 4-1 win on 28th December 2016 was our biggest away league win against this side, although of course we did famously beat them 6-2 at The Dell in an FA Cup 5th Round replay, courtesy of one Ronnie Rosenthal! Going back to the 4-1, Virgil van Dijk (in his last full season with Southampton) had given his side an early lead before Spurs took over. Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son scored our goals.

For the record, I am predicting a 2-0 win for Spurs, although one cannot be confident about our team as yet. The game kicks off at 12 noon and is being screened by BT SPORT in the UK.

Our points per game record against Southampton is marginally better than the record we held before last week's game against Everton. It stands at 1.83 points per game over 42 Premier League meetings. Our record over our last 21 Premier League meetings with "The Saints" is far better than it was before March 2003.

This will be match referee David Coote's fifth game in the middle with Spurs. Over his four previous games he has a good average with the Spurs odyssey voters (6.1). Mr. Coote's first game with Spurs was our 5-0 League Cup win over Gillingham four years ago. The last game was our 3-1 win at Newcastle in July, featured in this week's last batch of Amazon's "All or Nothing" episodes. Mr. coote recently had an introduction to the International scene, taking charge of the Nations League game between Armenia and Estonia. Of particular relevance is the fact that he was in charge of our FA Cup 4th Round replay against Southampton when we won 3-2!

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