Southampton: Artur Boruc, Kelvin Davis & Do Prado - Out; Nathaniel Clyne, Daniel Fox & Victor Wanyama - Doubtful
Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Kane, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen, Sandro & Andros Townsend - Out
Tottenham Hotspur: Paulinho
Tottenham Hotspur: LDWWL
Both sides come into this game in appalling form, though while Southampton have somewhat arrested their slide with credible draws against Manchester City and Newcastle United. Tottenham however are a lot harder to gauge; following their 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, caretaker manager Tim Sherwood changed formations and resorted to playing players in different positions than Andre Villas-Boas normally assigned them to play.
However, despite their changes against West Ham, the symptoms that plagued Villas-Boas - profligacy in front of goal - haunted Sherwood's men as they were defeated by West Ham.
Indeed, a wasteful Tottenham will play right into the hands of Southampton. They are a team built primarily on defensive solidarity, and gain momentum through wielding large amounts of possession, patiently waiting for a moment to strike. In the games they have lost this season, the opposition were able to continually stretch the defence of Southampton, disrupting their attack in the process.
This was most evident in their losses against Chelsea and Aston Villa.
Unfortunately for Tottenham, they do not possess the players to properly implement such a tactic. Aaron Lennon is often a let down and Adebayor is now the biggest enigma in world football now that Luis Suarez is solely settled on playing football.
Additionally, the more I watch Tottenham these days, the more I am convinced their earlier defensive record was down to playing offensively inept teams. This might be a harsh outlook considering they have several first team defenders injured, but in either case what cannot be denied is that currently they are woeful at the back. With Sherwood set to make further changes, Southampton will fancy themselves to get a first win in five games.
Southampton 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur