Southampton host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this weekend as they look to get back to winning ways in after failing to win in their last 11 matches.
Saints haven’t won since the end of November in the league and are right in the mix of it at the bottom of the Premier League, meaning a result this weekend is crucial.
The hosts come into the game off the back of a 2-2 draw at Watford last weekend, after a controversial handball from Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré stopped the Saints from claiming a much-needed victory.
As for Spurs, it was a much more straightforward game as they claimed a comfortable 4-0 win over Everton at Wembley with Harry Kane becoming their all-time top scorer in the Premier League in the process.
The Saints have really struggled to see games out this season and have lost 11 points from winning positions since October which has resulted in their slide down the league.
On the other hand, Spurs come into the game in some great form winning four of their last five matches in the Premier League and will provide a stern test for the Saints.
Southampton have really struggled to pick up many points in front of their own supporters winning just three of the 12 home games which they have played so far this season.
As for Spurs, they have performed well on the road this season picking up 19 points from their 11 away games so far this season.
The hosts really need to start finding victories with four of the top five still to visit St Mary’s this season.
The two sides last met on Boxing Day where Spurs claimed a comprehensive victory in a 5-2 win thanks to a Harry Kane hat-trick.
In terms of team news, Saints will remain without Charlie Austin who remains sidelined with a thigh injury which he picked up in the draw with Huddersfield just before Christmas.
Defender Maya Yoshida will have a late fitness test for the game after struggling with a hamstring injury which he sustained prior to the draw at Watford.
As for the visitors, former Saints Toby Alderwiereld will remain out with a thigh injury which has kept him sidelined for a number of months now.
Danny Rose will also miss the match after suffering a knee injury, while Harry Winks will also miss the trip to the south coast with an ankle injury.
I anticipate that Spurs will have much of the ball despite being on the road and will likely dominate the match but the Saints have looked better of late and can take heart from their first-half performance against Watford last weekend into this game.
I think that this one will finish as a 1-1 draw.