Premier League: Southampton vs Tottenham preview


Third-placed Tottenham are looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they visit relegation candidates Southampton at St. Mary's on Saturday. The reverse fixture was won by the Spurs, it ended 3-1 in December with goals from Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min, while Charlie Austin scored a consolation goal for the Saints in stoppage time. That was the third consecutive home win for Tottenham against the Saints, and the fourth in the last six matches. Southampton have not won a home match against Tottenham since 2005.

Southampton will surely be fighting for survival until the final weeks of the season, but lately they have shown some signs of life that have given their fans fresh hopes. Last week the Saints lost 3-2 at in-form Manchester United after having taken a one-goal lead in the first half, and before that match they recorded a 2-0 victory over fellow relegation candidates Fulham. The Saints are currently in 17th place, just two points above the relegation zone, so a defeat could see Cardiff drag them back down in the danger area. Danny Ings was unable to recover from an injury before last week's match but he should be fine now, while Mario Lemina and Michael Obafemi are sidelined.

Tottenham have been struggling in the Premier League since the return to action of striker Harry Kane, but they did secure their place in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League with a 1-0 victory at Borussia Dortmund earlier this week. Last weekend the spurs barely managed to grab a 1-1 draw in the North London against Arsenal, but at least they stopped a two-game losing streak in the Premier League. Those results allowed fourth-placed Manchester United to move just three points behind third-placed Spurs, so Mauricio Pochettino's men can't afford any more slip-ups at the moment. Dele Alli has returned to training and he should be able to play in this match, while Harry Winks and Kieran Trippier are injury doubts.

Probable line-ups:

Southampton: Gunn - Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard - Valery, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Bertrand - Ward-Prowse, Redmond - Austin

Tottenham: Lloris - Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose - Sissoko, Dier, Alli - Eriksen - Son, Kane

My prediction: Tottenham to win 1-0, the Spurs are confident after their Champions League success and determined to get back on track in the Premier League.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Southampton win - 3.75
Draw - 3.60
Tottenham win - 1.90

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