Premier League

The Preview The Prediction : Southampton vs Spurs

Andre Villas-Boas’ side look to consolidate their League form as they travel to newly promoted Southampton.

The hosts have come under scrutiny for their poor defensive work which has seen them concede over 22 goals in the Premier League this season.

As well as missing Gaston Ramiez, the hosts must also play without Jack Cork, Danny Butterfield and Frazer Richardson. However, Tottenham will be missing Younes Kaboul and Scott Parker who will both be out until December. Furthermore, the away side will feature a team without Emmanuel Adebayor or Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

It is believed that Gareth Bale and Mousa Dembele will both come back into the squad, and the return of Naughton could see Gallas be dropped to the bench for a centre-back partnering of Vertonghen and Caulker.

Friedel will come back into the squad for Hugo Lloris, who could be active against the proven Rickie Lambert. Despite this, Villas-Boas should run the game on the attack from the start with Southampton struggling immensely with their defence.

The statistics although are in Southampton’s favour, with the home side winning the last 6 home games against Tottenham in all competitions, and keeping a clean sheet in all of them too.

But, as their last meeting was over 7 years ago, Tottenham have gone on to establish themselves as a top-four club whilst Southampton have seen their status decline as they were relegated to the Championship.

With Gareth Bale returning to the side, his speed on the counter-attack could be a major disadvantage for the Saints, who originally started his career at the club before moving to Tottenham in 2006.

Although with Tottenham’s defence looking shaky under Villas-Boas’ new ethos for their gameplay, Lambert could easily capitalise on this by giving the home side a chance to take all three points as they host Tottenham on Sunday.

Prediction: 1-4

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