Get set for Southampton's Boxing Day trip to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham Hotspur with our in-depth match preview...
Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton
Tuesday 26th December, 12.30pm GMT
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
𠊋oth teams are in need of the points for different reasons. Tottenham again have a top-four challenge under way this season, but Saints will be hoping for a result that will ease the pressure on them at the opposite end of the table.
Tottenham: Spurs still have injury concerns over former Southampton players Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama.
Southampton: Mauricio Pellegrino has some notable injury headaches for this game. Charlie Austin, who picked up a hamstring injury against Huddersfield, is set to join Cédric (ankle) on the sidelines. Ryan Bertrand (hamstring) is also a doubt after missing the 1-1 draw with the Terriers.
Tottenham’s previous five:
Burnley (a) W 3-0
Manchester City (a) L 1-4
Brighton (h) W 2-0
Stoke City (h) W 5-1
Apoel Nicosia (h) W 3-0 (Champions League)
Southampton’s previous five:
Huddersfield Town (h) D 1-1
Chelsea (a) L 0-1
Leicester City (h) L 1-4
Arsenal (h) D 1-1
AFC Bournemouth (a) D 1-1
Harry Kane’s hat-trick at Burnley took him to 36 Premier League goals in the calendar year – equalling Alan Shearer’s record, meaning he will have plenty of motivation in what will be Spurs’ last game of 2017. Beyond him, Tottenham also offer a host of other threats.
Top scorers: Harry Kane (24), Son Hebung-Min (9), Christian Eriksen (8)
Most assists: Kieran Trippier (9), Dele Alli (8), Christian Eriksen (5)
With Charlie Austin set to miss the game through injury, Saints will have to look elsewhere for their main goal threat. Steven Davis and Manolo Gabbiadini, who have each scored three times, have so far been the most productive players behind Austin.
Top scorers: Charlie Austin (5), Steven Davis (3), Manolo Gabbiadini (3), Dušan Tadić (2)
Most assists: Nathan Redmond (3), Ryan Bertrand (2)
Previous four meetings:
March 2017: Tottenham 2-1 Southampton (Ward-Prowse)
December 2016: Southampton 1-4 Tottenham (van Dijk)
May 2016: Tottenham 1-2 Southampton (Davis 2)
December 2015: Southampton 0-2 Tottenham
DID YOU KNOW?
– If Oriol Romeu features in the game he will be making his 100th appearance for Saints.
– Saints have won five of their last six Boxing Day games, while they drew the other one.
NOT AT THE GAME?
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