Tottenham Hotspur (4-1-4-1): Lloris, Naughton, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Rose, Sandro, Lennon, Eriksen, Bentaleb, Chadli, Adebayor
Despite their Europa League exit, Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood was impressed by his side’s 2-2 draw against Benfica in Portugal and will be hoping for a similar performance from the Lilywhites on Sunday. Nacer Chandli scored two goals in that game and will be in with a strong chance of starting on the left in place of an out-of-form Andres Townsend. Spurs currently sit at fifth in the table, however Everton and Manchester United – who are chasing them – have games in hand and will need a positive result against a strong Southampton side that has surprised many this year. Naughton will deputize for the injured Walker, while Adebayor is a doubt and could be replaced by Roberto Soldado.
Southampton (4-4-1-1): Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Schneiderlin, Rodriguez, Lallana, Lambert
The Saints still have a slim chance of making it into Europe after their 4-2 win over Norwich last weekend, being only three points behind champions Manchester United. They will however be without Victor Wanyama, who picked up a knock in their 1-0 away win against Crystal Palace. Manuel Pochettino switched his side around a bit, bringing Nathaniel Clyne back into the right back role as well as switching Steven Davis’ and Adam Lallana’s positions – Davis to right midfield and Lallana to attacking midfield respectively. James Ward-Prowse deputized for the injured Wanyama and should feature again.
Tottenham are considering replacing Tim Sherwood with Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino
— Okoro Chika (@PrinceDoho) March 20, 2014
Tottenham just can’t best a team in red. Lost to Benfica(h) Arsenal, Benfica(a), oh and they got Southampton at the weekend. #bbcfootball
— Mashidur Gooner Miah (@MashidurMiah) March 20, 2014
Really fancy Southampton to beat Tottenham this weekend, spurs have so many injuries and saints play some good football
— LfcToTheBone (@Lfc2TheBone1892) March 20, 2014
Not many will know Ronny Rosenthal. But Spurs fans will never forget his hat-trick against Southampton in the FA Cup fifth round replay in 1995.
Adam Lallana didn’t have the best of games in the Saint’s win over Norwich last time out, but the England international has been in sensational form this season and we expect him to produce the goods at White Hart Lane this weekend.
Tottenham have won four of the last five Barclays Premier League meetings with the Saints, including the last three in a row.
Southampton have won three of their last four Barclays Premier League away games, keeping clean sheets in all those victories.
The last four Premier League meetings between Spurs and Saints have been decided by a one-goal margin, the last three in Spurs’ favour.
Spurs have conceded fewer headed goals than any other team in the Premier League (1).
Tottenham are the only Premier League side yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League match this season - the last time that managed this was on April 27th 2013.
Tottenham have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League games and netted just one in the other match.
This is Tottenham’s fourth highest points haul after 30 games of a Premier League season (53), just two points short of their best (55) and one point fewer than at this stage last term (54).
45 points is Southampton’s best total after 30 games of a Premier League season, while they have also scored more goals than ever before at this stage (43).
Spurs have kept four clean sheets in their last six Premier League home matches with only Man City and Arsenal breaching their defences in that run.
Tim Sherwood has already lost four of his 10 competitive home games as Spurs manager – Andre Villas Boas has lost three of his 13 at White Hart Lane this season before he was sacked.