Get set for Southampton’s trip to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, under the interim leadership of Kelvin Davis, with our in-depth match preview, in association with SportPesa…
Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton
Wednesday 5th December, 8pm GMT
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn
Fourth official: Paul Tierney
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
It is a significant fixture at both ends of the Premier League table.
Saints, under interim boss Kelvin Davis, find themselves in the bottom three, despite an encouraging display which saw them take a two-goal lead against Manchester United at St Mary’s at the weekend.
Tottenham surrendered their place in the top four to rivals Arsenal, falling to a 4-2 defeat in the North London Derby after leading at half time.
Both teams will be looking for a reaction at Wembley in a bid to spark a winning run over the Christmas period.
Saints will be in their two-toned red third strip, while Spurs will be sporting their traditional white and navy home colours.
Tottenham: Spurs are boosted by the return to fitness of England right-back Kieran Trippier, who is available to play again after an extended absence.
On the treatment table for the hosts are Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, Davinson Sanchez and Erik Lamela, while Jan Vertonghen serves a one-match ban.
Southampton: Saints will be without the suspended Mario Lemina, who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against United on Saturday.
Strikers Michael Obafemi and Danny Ings, and defenders Ryan Bertrand Matt Targett, are all doubts with injury.
Arsenal (a) 2-4 (Dier, Kane)
Inter Milan (h) 1-0 (Eriksen) (Champions League)
Chelsea (h) 3-1 (Alli, Kane, Son)
Crystal Palace (a) 1-0 (Foyth)
Wolves (a) 3-2 (Lamela, Moura, Kane)
Man Utd (h) 2-2 (Armstrong, Cédric)
Leicester (a) 0-0* (Carabao Cup)
Fulham (a) 2-3 (Armstrong 2)
Watford (h) 1-1 (Gabbiadini)
Man City (a) 1-6 (Ings)
*Lost 6-5 on penalties
Mauricio Pochettino: "It was a massive impact in my life as a manager and coach, so I am grateful to Southampton. All my wishes are the best for them, but tomorrow they're going to compete with us and we need the three points.
"In front is going to be Kelvin Davis, who was our player and my first captain. He was a great personality, a great character, a great man and it's so nice to face him tomorrow. I'm so happy to see him because I know his dream is to be a manager."
Kelvin Davis: "If I put my mind forward and imagine myself standing on the sideline being a coach or manager for Southampton Football Club, everything in my body would tell me that's a lovely feeling and one I would obviously always cherish.
"But my feelings right now are more about focus and preparing the team and the lads to put in a strong performance and do what everyone connected with the club wants to see."
Tottenham: After a relatively slow start to the season, Tottenham talisman Harry Kane has found his shooting boots with seven goals in his last nine games for club and country.
Spurs scored five times in two games against Chelsea and Arsenal – the only two occasions this season in which the familiar front four of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Kane have all started together.
Southampton: Stuart Armstrong continues to impress in the early stages of his Saints career, firing his third goal in a week with another crisp strike to open the scoring against United.
Nathan Redmond was BT Sport’s man of the match in that game, having been utilised in a more central attacking role up alongside 18-year-old striker Michael Obafemi.
Last five meetings:
January 2018: Saints 1-1 Tottenham (Sanchez o.g.)
December 2017: Tottenham 5-2 Saints (Boufal, Tadić)
March 2017: Tottenham 2-1 Saints (Ward-Prowse)
December 2016: Saints 1-4 Tottenham (van Dijk)
May 2016: Tottenham 1-2 Saints (Davis 2)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Tottenham have scored a league-high nine headed goals in the Premier League this season. However, no team have conceded more headers than Mauricio Pochettino’s side (six).
- Stuart Armstrong has scored three goals in his last two league games for Southampton and could become the first player to score in three consecutive Premier League appearances for Saints since Manolo Gabbiadini in March 2017.
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