Spurs v Southampton: (match preview)
Spurs return to league action on Sunday when they host Southampton at the Lane, the Lillywhites will have to overcome the Saints without star man Harry Kane who is out injured. The visit of Mauricio Pochettino’s old club comes just before a two week international break, and Pochettino’s side will be wanting to go into that break on the back of an important victory that consolidates their place in the top 4. The big dilemma surrounds our centre forward Harry Kane. Who replaces Spurs’ talisman upfront? Where will the goals come from? The answer isn’t as complex as it sounds, Kane has been in sensational goalscoring form prior to picking up his injury last Sunday against Millwall. Son Heung-Min’s hat trick against Millwall will give him great confidence going into Sunday’s match, he may be inconsistent at times but the South Korean forward is on his day a brilliant player and along with Dele Alli behind him, both can chip in with the goals to defeat the saints. We can really exploit the defensive vulnerabilities of the visitors when we face them at the Lane, their without the excellent Virgil Van Dijk, and the centre back pairing of Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens have shipped in 11 goals in their last five matches. Manolo Gabbiadini will be the saints biggest goal threat, but the creativity and pace of Nathan Redmond and Jay Rodriguez will also be a danger. Following Chelsea’s victory over Stoke on Saturday, the title race seems to be all but over, but the fight for the top 4 is very much alive, and a win today would be another step closer to securing champions league football for a second consecutive season. I’m predicting another big performance from Son, when we face Southampton and I feel as if he’ll be the difference between a point and three points, I’m anticipating a close game against Claude Puel’s side, but I am very confident nonetheless. COYS
My predicted lineup: Lloris, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Winks, Walker, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son.
My predicted score: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Son x2 and Dele Alli.
One to watch: Italian forward Manolo Gabbiadini, since joining the Saints in January, Gabbiadini has gone on to score six goals in four matches for the south coast club.