Tottenham face Southampton needing a win to end their run of 4 games without a win since the defeat of Cardiff City at the beginning of the month. The draw in Lisbon restored some pride for Spurs and it’s hoped that there will be similar endeavour this afternoon.
Date: Sunday, 23rd March, 2014
Kick-off Time: 1.30pm (UK time)
TV Channel: Sky Sports 1
Team: Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Lennon, Bentaleb, Chadli, Dembele, Eriksen; Soldado
Subs: Friedel, Dawson, Fryers, Paulinho, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Kane
Southampton have won their last two games, at Crystal Palace (1 – 0) and at home to Norwich City (4 – 2) which has lifted them up to 9th position in the Premier League with 45 points.
Tottenham’s win at Southampton in late December was Tim Sherwood’s first Premier League game in charge of Tottenham. Still in his capacity as interim manager following the departure of Andre villas-Boas, the team made a positive start under their new manager. Southampton took an early lead but Emmanuel Adebayor equalised midway through the first half. An own goal put Spurs ahead after the interval but Southampton again levelled before Adebayor added a second.
Last May, in the penultimate home match of the season, it took a Gareth Bale goal in the final minutes to break the deadlock as another of his memorable strikes defeated his former club at White Hart Lane. The win enabled Spurs to complete the ‘double’ over Southampton.
Tottenham’s Home League Record against Southampton (inc. PL):
P 50 W 32 D 9 L 9 For 127 Ag 53
Home Record in Premier League:
P 14 W 10 D 2 L 2 For 34 Ag 13
The Southampton team has a number of exciting young players and they started the season well, winning at Anfield at the beginning of September. They are the only team to prevent Liverpool scoring at home this season and one of only two teams to deny them a goal hone or away.
Southampton have recorded 6 away wins in the league this season, also taking three points at West Bromwich Albion on the opening day of the season, at Cardiff (3 – 0), at Fulham (3 – 0) and at Hull and Crystal Palace. Their win at Anfield and the other away victories were by a 1 – 0 scoreline. They have drawn at Manchester United, Newcastle, Sunderland and Stoke and in their last 4 away games, they have dropped only 3 points, losing 1 – 3 at West Ham last month.
Leading Goalscorer: Rodriguez is their leading goalscorer with 14 goals in all competitions. Ricky Lambert has 10 and Lallana has scored 8 goals.
Tottenham should have Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul back in central defence while Mousa Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor could also be available.
For Southampton Morgan Schneiderlin is doubtful in midfield. They will be missing Jack Cork and Victor Wanyama in their midfield while there are doubts over the fitness of Guly Do Prado and Kelvin Davis.
Tim Sherwood will want to maintain the levels of commitment shown against Benfica while bringing back his first choice players. Spurs will need to show the urgency they displayed in the final minutes in Lisbon from the start against Southampton as they look to score a goal in a league game in opening 15 minutes for the first time this season. There are only 8 games left but they could determine the future of the manager and a number of players at White Hart Lane.
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