Tottenham Hotspur - Southampton Preview: Spurs look to go out with a bang in final home game

Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his Tottenham side bounce back from Monday’s disappointing 2-2 at Chelsea against the Argentines former side at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur - Southampton Preview: Spurs look to go out with a bang in final home game
Tottenham Hotspur - Southampton Preview: Spurs look to go out with a bang in final home game

Tottenham Hotspur host Southampton in their final home game of the season on Sunday.

Following a cagey affair, which has since seen Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Mousa Dembélé all charged by the FA, Tottenham will be left to reflect on what might have been as a late Eden Hazard goal saw Leicester City crowned Premier League champions.

Having gone into the game at Stamford Bridge knowing they could not return to North London with anything other than all three points, Mauricio Pochettino saw his side throw away a two goal lead at half time as a number of feisty challenges were put in by his young, inexperienced side. 

With a title tilt now firmly over, for this season at least, Tottenham will be looking to secure a top two finish, with all three points against a buoyant Southampton side under the guidance of Dutch legend Ronald Koeman.

Boasting the third best league form in 2016 so far, behind Tottenham and Leicester respectively, the Saints make the trip to White Hart Lane fresh off a 4-2 demolition of beaten Champions League semi-finalists Manchester City

Depending on the results of Manchester United and West Ham United, Southampton could end the weekend as high as fifth in the league as they look to secure back to back Europa League finishes. 

Last time out

The two sides first met in the league this season towards the back end of December as the festive fixtures began to pile on. Tottenham ran out 2-0 victors at St. Mary’s on that occasion as they saw out a comfortable three points.

Late first half goals from Harry Kane and Dele Alli were enough for Pochettino to leave the south coast having gotten one over his former side. 

The visitors were able to see out any potential threat from Southampton on the day, although James Ward-Prowse saw a late effort well saved by Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris.

Alli celebrates his goal against Southampton earlier this season, but he can't play on Sunday (photo; Getty Images)
Alli celebrates his goal against Southampton earlier this season, but he can't play on Sunday (photo; Getty Images)

Team news

The suspension of Dembélé comes just one week after fellow midfielder Alli saw a three game ban come his way for violent conduct against West Bromwich Albion at the end of April.

The suspensions of two of Tottenham’s most influential playmakers sees the hosts go into the game with a decision to make on who partners Eric Dier in the centre of midfield. Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld both picked up injuries at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening and could miss out.

Probable line-up: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Mason; Lamela, Son, Eriksen, Kane

Southampton have no such issue surrounding injuries and suspensions, with Koeman having a fully fit and ready squad to pick from. Charlie Austin has recently retuned to training and could make the bench if deemed match fit.

Probable line-up: Forster; Martina, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Clasie, Wanyama; Mané, Davis, Tadić, Long