Mauricio Pochettino squares up against Claude Puel as his young Tottenham side welcome Southampton to White Hart Lane for what will possibly their last meeting with the St. Mary’s outfit in the old stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur have played high intensity football throughout the season with the help of fantastic individual performances by their players. Dele Alli seems to be having yet another breakout season if it can be called that, with 13 goals to his name in the league alone.
Harry Kane of course is the top scorer for Spurs with 19 and although he is currently struggling with an ankle injury, there are viable and capable backups to be had in the form of Son Heung-Min, Victor Janssen and of course the Dane Christian Eriksen.
After a couple of seasons of Ronald Koeman, Southampton have been refreshing in their ability this season with the overall performance levels remaining much at the same high standard aided by a couple of astute additions to the team.
The names of Josh Sims, Sam McQueen and James Ward-Prowse will soon become entrenched in the memories of the St Mary’s faithful with their performances in recent weeks a matter of pride for their academy.
The two sides have faced each other 35 times in the league with a very open 18:11 win ratio in the favour of Tottenham. Both teams have stumbled in recent times with Tottenham having three wins, one loss and a draw from their previous five games while Southampton have three wins and two losses.
Being placed on the precipice of the table at 10th, Southampton will look to break into that top eight bracket soon enough and they will have to score some scalps in the process of doing so, and Spurs could well be the first of those.
The match is an intriguing one for the neutral, not to mention all the fans of the other top six sides who will be watching on hoping for a capitulation from the London side.