Tottenham will look to bounce back from their midweek Europa League exit, against Southampton this weekend. The Saints were Tim Sherwood’s first opponents as Spurs boss and he will look to complete a similar victory at the Lane.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their three matches against Southampton since the Saints returned to the top flight. The Saints have won just two of their 14 matches at White Hart Lane in the Premier League. This is the 115th meeting between the sides. Tottenham have won 50, Southampton 36 and there have been 28 draws.
They have lost three of their last four league matches, scoring only one goal in the process. Spurs have won just two games out of eight in all competitions. Despite their poor recent form, Spurs are only one point worse off than they were at this stage of last season. Twenty of the 38 league goals Tottenham have conceded have come in just four matches.
Southampton have lost only two of their last 10 league matches (W5, D3, L2).
They have 45 points after 30 matches, their best record at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1984-85 when they had 50 points and went on to finish fifth.
Daniel Sturridge (18) is the only Englishman to have scored more goals than Jay Rodriguez in the Premier League this season (12). They have conceded eight goals in their last four league matches.
Injury wise, Mousa Dembélé, Emmanuel Adebayor, Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Younes Kaboul all return for the game after missing Benfica. Paulinho and Kyle Walker remain doubts and are unlikely to feature, Vlad Chiriches (back), Erik Lamela (thigh/back), Etienne Capoue (ankle) & Michael Dawson (hamstring) remain out.
Predicted team: Lloris, Naughton, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Rose, Sandro, Dembélé, Lennon, Eriksen, Chadli, Adebayor
Predicted team: Tottenham 3-1 Southampton