The Saint Mary’s Stadium will be hosting the clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton on 20th September as both the teams are in the search for their first win in the 2020/21 league campaign.
An uninspired Spurs side lost to Everton on an opening day and would be looking to put that loss behind them. The Londoners have got Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon; the signings could take Mourinho’s men to the next level.
Before their game against Crystal Palace, the Saints lost only once in their last 9 Premier League games. Southampton wasn’t clinical enough and missed numerous chances in their previous match; they must improve in this area if they hope to down Spurs.
Pre Match Analysis – Tottenham Hotspur
After the additions of Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty, not many would have expected Spurs to slip up in the very first match of the season.
Let us look at the crucial statistics from their game against the Toffees :
1. Possession : 51% vs 49%
2. Shots on Target : 5 vs 4
3. Possession Lost : 138 vs 116
4. Dribbles : 5/8 (63%) vs 18/20 (90%)
5. Tackles : 9 vs 19
6. Aerial Duels Won : 18 vs 15
Pre Match Analysis – Southampton
The Saints are tipped to finish higher in the table this season after their form towards the end of 2019/20 Premier League season. Though they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat, Hasenhuttl’s men looked inspired.
How did they fare against Crystal Palace?
1. Possession : 71% vs 29%
2. Total Shots : 9 vs 5
3. Crosses : 3/18 (17%) vs 8/16 (50%)
4. Interceptions : 9 vs 12
5. Tackles : 28 vs 15
Team News – Tottenham Hotspur
Hugo Lloris has insisted this Spurs side is ready to win “ugly” under Mourinho as he would remain the club’s first choice for another season.
New signing Doherty has 15 goals and 15 assists since joining the Premier League in 2018 and is only behind Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Tottenham Hotspur Player of the Season 2015/16, the Belgian centre back Toby has been a rock for the club since his arrival. While Sanchez has all the ingredients in him to become a world-class player.
The dynamic duo started for Spurs in their 2-0 win over Manchester City in February.
Ben Davies would find himself at the left-back position and can even play as a centre back.
The new signing Emile-Hojbjerg would partner Harry Winks in the central defensive midfield pivot.
Spurs don’t lack attacking quality which is evident from their front 4 which comprises of Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane.
The quartet is capable of tearing apart any defence on their day.
Giovani Lo Celso (leg), Japhet Tanganga (thigh)
Team News – Southampton
It is no doubt that Alex McCarthy would retain his place between the sticks after impressing in the last season.
Kyle Walker-Peters and Ryan Bertrand will start as the full-backs.
The dynamic duo has been threatening in both offence and defence.
In the heart of the defence, the young pairing of Jack Stephens and Jan Bednarek will be the likely starters after helping the Saints stay unbeaten in the last 9 Premier League matches of 2019/20.
Skipper James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu will form the central midfield pivot while Nathan Redmond will start on the left flank.
Will Smallbone will be deputizing for the injured Stuart Armstrong on the right flank.
The dangerous Danny Ings coupled with club #10 Che Adams encompass a deadly attacking duo.
Stuart Armstrong (quad), Mohammed Salisu (match fitness)
Our Predictions For The Fixture – Tottenham Hotspur VS Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Southampton
Harry Kane would be raring to get his scoring boots on as we expect him to find the back of the net at Saint Mary’s.
Right back Matt Doherty has all the capabilities to provide goal contributions for Spurs.
For the Saints, either of Che Adams or Danny Ings would get on the scoresheet with James Ward-Prowse or Nathan Redmond expected to provide an assist.
Tottenham Hotspur VS Southampton – Where and When To Watch
England – Sky Sports, BBC at 12:00 pm (GMT)
India – Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar at 4:30 pm (IST)