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Spurs Odyssey Premier League Preview - Spurs v Southampton, 21.04.21

· Last season's game - Spurs 2 Southampton 1, 28.09.19
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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         22    7   5  10   28 - 27  26
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Total(Prem)  43   23   7  13   79 - 49  80  1.86 Pts per game
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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)  43   23   7  13   79 - 49  80
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 115   53  27  35  209 -141 165
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WLWDLD
           
Spurs      4-1    C. Palace
Arsenal    2-1    Spurs
A. Villa   0-2    Spurs
Newcastle  2-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-3    Man Utd
Everton    2-2    Spurs

S'hampton   -    LWLLWL

Everton    1-0    S'hampton
Sheff Utd  0-2    S'hampton
Man City   5-2    S'hampton
S'hampton  1-2    Brighton
S'hampton  3-2    Burnley
West Brom  3-0    S'hampton

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 7. Spurs     32 14  8 10  54-37  17   50
14. S'hampton 31 10  6 15  39-56 -17   36 

Spurs and Football in turmoil

Spurs announced this message yesterday (20/04/21):- "Following the departure of Jose Mourinho, we can now confirm that Ryan Mason will take charge as Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season.

Ryan will be joined by Chris Powell and Nigel Gibbs as Interim Assistant Head Coaches and Michel Vorm as Interim Goalkeeping Coach. Ledley King will continue in his role as First Team Assistant."

Chairman Daniel Levy said: “We have great belief in this squad of talented players. We have a cup final and six Premier League games ahead of us and we shall now focus all our energies on achieving a strong finish to the season.”

The "departure" (no doubt final pay-off terms have yet to be negotiated) of Jose Mourinho was reduced to a footnote on a day when the whole world of football here in England and across Europe was in turmoil over the announcement by a consortium of clubs (including Spurs) of the proposed European Super League. Jose's sacking on Monday (for that is what occurred) was well hidden on such a bad news day. I published my humble views on the Super League on the Spurs Odyssey Pick of the Week page. Stop-Press - Thankfully all six English clubs announced their withdrawal from the short-lived project last night.

I said when Mourinho was appointed in November 2019 - "We can look forward to consistently being in the sports headlines. Let’s hope they are all for positive reasons." Ironically, Jose almost didn't make the headlines yesterday or on Monday. The publicity surrounding him has not been positive either for quite a while. Hence many Spurs fans have clamoured for his departure and will be glad that has happened.

When I wrote this article about Jose's first year, we had not quite reached the top of the Premier League, but were in the middle of a decent run and even beat Manchester City in the game which followed. I wrote "We all know the history of Jose’s past "Third season syndrome". For the moment we should look forward to the rest of the second season. The next few weeks, in which we face Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester will answer most of our questions about our chances in the league."

Sadly, our path was downward, which leads us to this moment when we have 29-year-old Ryan Mason in temporary charge, albeit with plenty of good experience around him. Somehow, in the midst of uncertainty, we have a football match to focus upon with Southampton our visitors tonight in a 6pm (SKY SPORTS) kick-off - not forgetting the Carabao Cup Final on Sunday.

This Southampton match was originally scheduled for FA Cup quarter-final weekend, but had to be re-arranged due to Southampton's involvement in the FA Cup. "The Saints" were beaten 1-0 by Leicester on Sunday, and it will be interesting to see how they respond to that defeat and what has turned into a disappointing season. 9 points above Fulham you'd say they are safe on 36 points, but they might also like to seek revenge at New White Hart Lane.

After losing 5-2 at home to Spurs in September, "The Saints" embarked upon a 15-match run of league games during which they lost just two games. They lost 3-2 at home to Manchester United and 1-0 at home to Manchester City. In mid-December Ralf Hasenhuttl's side were in the top four. They were third to our second after we lost at Anfield. Both teams dropped out of the top four after defeats on Matchday 14.

Southampton have won only two of their last 14 league games (against Sheffield United and Burnley). After a January 4th 1-0 win over Liverpool they endured 6 consecutive defeats and 10 games without a win. Now they find themselves still seeking points to be absolutely certain of another Premier league season.

In early February "The Saints" suffered the ignominy of a second 9-0 Premier League defeat in little more than 15 months. The latest defeat was to Man Utd. The first had been on a rain-sodden night at home to Leicester.

Our last three managers (Sherwood, Pochettino and Mourinho) had their first competitive Spurs matches against West Ham, but Sherwood's first league game when he was temporary coach in December 2013 was against Southampton. My headline for that game was "The second coming of Emmanuel", as Adebayor scored two of our goals in an open game. One wonders if any of the players seemingly marginalised by Mourinho will get a chance to shine tomorrow. Certainly, with the Carabao Cup Final on the horizon there is a need to protect some players. Harry Kane did not train on Monday and his fitness is still being assessed, but I imagine he will be absent tonight come what may. The other injury doubts remain Matt Doherty and Ben Davies. Cup-tied Joe Rodon must be guaranteed a start tonight.

Theo Walcott recently returned to action following injury, and whether he plays or not he will no doubt wind up his team-mates, who will be keen to beat one of the "big six". Southampton are a useful side with plenty of attacking talent such as Danny Ings, Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong available, as well as the former "World Cup Tourist". At right back, Kyle Walker-Peters will be as keen as ever to perform.

I have predicted a 3-1 win for Spurs, but this forecact was made last Friday, and may prove to be foolhardy. Most of my predictions tend to be wrong these days! Here's hoping.

This will be referee David Coote's fifth Spurs game of the season. Mr. Coote was in charge of our away game against Southampton. His other Spurs games this season have been the home win against Leeds, our away win at Fulham and our FA Cup Fifth Round defeat at Goodison Park. We have at least won all our league games with Mr. Coote in charge this season!

Did you know? - When Southampton knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup in the fourth round in January, it was the first time the "Saints" eliminated the holders from the competition since beating Spurs in a replay in 1902. The Saints had lost their previous seven FA Cup fixtures against the holders.

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