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SOUTHAMPTON V TOTTENHAM – MATCH PREVIEW AND PREDICTIONS

A game which could have a huge impact at both ends of the table. Southampton are fighting for survival and sit just two points outside the Premier League drop zone, whilst Spurs are desperate for the points as they try to keep ahead of the chasing pack in the race for Champions League qualification.

Here’s all you need to know for this vital clash at St Mary’s.

Form

Southampton: DLLWL

Ralph Hasenhuttl has improved Southampton since taking over from Mark Hughes in December, though The Saints remain firmly in the relegation dog-fight. Sitting just two points outside the drop zone, they’ve won just once in their past five fixtures, though Hasenhuttl’s side should take heart from their agonising late loss to Manchester United last week.

James Ward-Prowse has been the side’s outstanding player in recent weeks, scoring five goals in his past nine appearances to spark talk of an England recall for the once-capped midfielder. Southampton will need the 24-year-old to maintain his recent form if they are to survive. The Saints may be further boosted by the return of Danny Ings to the squad after a hamstring injury.

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Tottenham: WWLLD

Spurs have a had a wobble of late, having been tipped to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for the title they now find themselves looking over their shoulders after three league games without a win. Hugo Lloris’ last-minute penalty save salvaged a point in last weekend’s North London derby, whilst qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals was secured in midweek with a 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund.

Harry Kane’s return from injury has proved timely, with three goals in his past four appearances in all competitions, and the England captain has a fine record against this weekend’s opponents with five goals in his past three encounters with Southampton. Dele All returned to training this week and may be included amongst the substitutes.

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Predicted Lineups

Southampton: Gunn, Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Valery, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Austin

Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Kane

Who is the referee?

Kevin Friend.

What TV channel is Southampton v Tottenham on?

UK readers can listen to the game on talkSport Radio World

US readers can watch the game on NBC Sports Live

What time is kick off?

15:00 GMT

Odds

Southampton: 3/1

Draw: 11/4

Tottenham: 17/20

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