01 January 2020 live
Southampton vs Tottenham
After a draw in their last match, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side will be away for their first premiere league game of the New Year. Tottenham will be coming off a 2-2 draw from against Norwich. Spurs found themselves down once again but got an equalizer through Christain Eriksen (55’). Later on, Serge Aurier’s 61’ own goal took Spurs behind once again before Harry Kane got the second equalizer from the penalty spot. A victory would have placed them at a 5th place – knocking Manchester United off. Tottenham now have 8W, 6D and 6L with a recent form of DWLWWL. Spurs have scored 36 goals and conceded 29 goals and have a +7 GD. They have 12 shots per game with an average ball possession of 52.9%. Spurs have an average of 1.8 gpg.
Meanwhile Southampton, will be returning to premiere league action after a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday. They were able to find an equalizer through Danny Ings in the 74’ after going down from a 50’ goal by James Tomkins. They sit 15th position with 22 points from 20 games. They have an average of 1.2 gpg and boast of an average ball possession of 47.4%. Southampton have a 12.3 shots per game with a recent form is DWWLLW – relatively equal to that of Tottenham.
Southampton will start with a 4-4-2 formation, with Obafemi and Danny Ings leading the attack. Mourinho will go with his usual 4-3-2-1. Harry Kane who has 11 goals this season will be looking to stretch his tally while leading Spurs as captain and top striker.
The last time both sides met ended 2-1 in favor of Tottenham, thanks to goals from Tanguy Ndombele (24’) and Harry Kane (43’). It was Danny Ings (39’) scored for Southampton who had the larger share of ball possession (59%). In that game, Southampton had 518 passes while Tottenham had 318. It. One red card was recorded in that game and it was Serge Aurier who was sent off for Tottenham 31’ into the game.
Heung Min Son will miss this game – which will be the last of his 3-match suspension having picked up a red card when Tottenham faced Chelsea. Erick Lamela may return to the bench later today. Southampton have no notable injuries.
A win for Tottenham is predicted but if Southampton play doggedly, they might be able to find a point or more. The game will be officiated by Mike Dean (England) and kicks off at 3PM UK Time.
Referee: Mike Dean
Time: 3PM UK Time
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Match Day: 21
Out of nowhere, Southampton enter a new decade above the drop zone after three games without defeat (W2, D1), with the ‘Saints’ averaging 1.5 unanswered first-half goals across the two victories.
Curiously, each of Southampton’s home league wins in 2019 saw them score exactly twice in one half. The last league H2H at St Mary’s Stadium (W 2-1) falls into this group, marking the third home H2H in the PL from the last four to see them keep a second-half clean sheet.
Despite drawing at Norwich City on Saturday, Tottenham Hotspur have taken an encouraging seven points from the last possible nine as away-day favourites.The Londoners must be cautious later on though, as five of their last six goals conceded as PL away favourites have arrived beyond the hour mark.
Home and away, it is five league wins from eight for ‘Spurs’, with each of those wins producing over 2.5 goals. Both of the away victories in that sequence saw Tottenham win the first half with a clean sheet, and register 1.5 first-half goals on average.
Players to watch: Danny Ings has been Southampton’s first scorer in five of their last seven PL home games, with three of the last four in that group coming after the break.
Set-piece wizard Christian Eriksen netted Tottenham’s first equaliser at Norwich on Saturday, and in turn, his last five goals from direct free kicks have been equalisers.
Stat attack: Southampton have lost four of the last seven league H2Hs played at home, with all the defeats seeing exactly two first-half goals (either way).
Saturday’s draw at Norwich was Tottenham’s first stalemate in any PL away match entered as favourites since April 2018.
Only one of the last eight individual halves of H2H league action have ended separating the sides by a margin of over 1.5 goals.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 16:00.