Preview - Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur 09 March 19

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Match Day 30
Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday, March 9th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium

Last five matches form: D L L W L
Average goals per match: 1.10
Average goals against per match: 1.69
Top Scorer: Danny Ings (7)

Tottenham Hotspur:
Last five matches form: W W L L D
Average goals per match: 1.93
Average goals against per match: 1.03
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (16)

Southampton have undoubtedly improved overall since the managerial change earlier in the season but remain highly vulnerable in the battle to avoid the drop. Fourth bottom as things stand, and only two points clear of the relegation zone, they need a few more points on the board yet. It likely won't be easy this weekend though as it is third placed Tottenham Hotspur who come calling to St. Mary's.

Spurs came out on top in the reverse of this fixture with a 3-1 win at Wembley Stadium. The game here last season finished up in a 1-1 draw.

Mario Lemina and Michael Obafemi both miss out for the home side. Vincent Janssen is the only confirmed absentee for Spurs at this stage.

Southampton did what they needed to do in beating Fulham in their most recent game here, and backed that up with a solid performance in defeat at Old Trafford last time out. They will be looking to improve their record at home which has seen them win only three of 14 to date, conceding two or more in eight of those games.

Tottenham arrive in high spirits having advanced to the quarter finals of the Champion's League in midweek, but how much will that win in Dortmund have taken out of their legs? They have been excellent away from home this season in winning 11 of 15. A 2-0 defeat at Chelsea last time out was the only time they haven't scored on their travels.

Tottenham have scored two or more in 10 of their 15 games on the road, can be expected to do so again here which ought to be enough to ensure they pick up the points.

Prediction: Southampton 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  12 - 16
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 1 - 10
Possession: 37% - 63%

Oriol Romeu, Yann Valery, Pierre Hojbjerg and Nathan Redmond were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Kevin Friend also taking the names of Kyle Walker-Peters and Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham dominated on the stats as would be expected given the points differential between the sides. They couldn't put Southampton away whilst they were on top though and in the end payed the price as the home side produced an admirable fightback.

Spurs really were on top early too. Harry Kane not making the most of two decent chances and the visitors also hitting the woodwork on two occasions. The opening goal seemed a matter of time and it duly arrived in the 26th minute. Harry Kane breaking forward and finding Dele Alli to the left-hand side. Nice return pass from Alli and Kane remaining composed to fire into the bottom left from inside the six-yard box to the right. 0-1 at the break.

The Saints noticeably upped their game in the second half and finally clawed themselves level in the 76th minute. Stuart Armstrong found bursting into the left of the area and his ball from the by-line making its way through to Yann Valery arriving at the far post. Valery finishing high into the net from five yards.

Just five minutes later the home side completed the turnaround. James Ward-Prowse lining up a free kick twenty-five yards from goal and almost dead centre and curling a beauty into the top left corner. 2-1 final score.

Huge win for Southampton, particularly with Cardiff City also winning. They move up to 16th but are still only two points clear of the relegation zone. Having looked like certainties for Champion's League qualification, Spurs are now really beginning to look over their shoulders. They stay third but are now only three points clear of Manchester United in fifth. Any dreams of the title are now long gone.

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