After a disastrous start to the season, Southampton face a tough test as they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to St Mary’s Stadium on Super Sunday.
Both teams are going in search of their first domestic win of this season after falling to narrow defeats last weekend, although both teams experienced contrasting fortunes in alternative midweek competitions.
Nathan Redmond is ruled out for Southampton with an ankle injury which saw him substituted during the Saints’ midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Brentford.
Stuart Armstrong (quad) and Mohamed Salisu (fitness) meanwhile will both face late fitness tests after missing the Saints’ last two matches.
Tottenham could have Serge Aurier available if the Ivory Coast international recovers from a knock and passes a late fitness test.
Japhet Tanganga is still absent with a thigh injury.
- Southampton are unbeaten in three of last five league meetings against Tottenham (W2, D1, L2).
- Tottenham have won just one of their last five trips to St Mary’s Stadium in all competitions (W1, D2, L2).
- Southampton have scored in each of their last 11 matches against Spurs in all competitions (W3, D2, L6).
- Spurs have lost just one of their last five opening away trips in a new season (W2, D2, L1).
- Saints are winless in their last seven opening home games to a new league campaign (D5, L2).
After such a strong finish, Southampton seem to have reverted to their old sloppy ways which is a huge shame because if they had used their project restart form to motivate themselves for this campaign, it would be hard to not see them as favourites based on Tottenham’s current performances.
Tottenham however were just clinically poor against Everton last weekend and for much of Thursday’s Europa League trip to Plovdiv until two red cards for the home team allowed Spurs to squeeze through with late goals, which won’t be enough if Southampton can tighten up defensively and score first.
I am therefore expecting a tough battle here because Southampton put out a strong team in an embarrassing Carabao Cup home defeat against Brentford, yet Tottenham needed red cards and late goals in order to progress in Europe which doesn’t fill me with hope of a decent match here.
Spurs however are playing the second of potentially seven matches in 14 days which is a physiological concern because Southampton will know that Spurs need victories quickly if want a strong season, meaning that they could afford to sit back and try and nick this by a goal like they did in July against Manchester City.
Prediction: Southampton 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Result: Southampton 2-5 Tottenham Hotspur