Tottenham Hotspur return to Premier League action with the visit of Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
With Mauricio Pochettino’s side still yet to win a competitive match away from home since January, it comes as some relief that the fixture will be played in North London (talkSPORT).
Former Arsenal midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has had his say on who he thinks will come out on top between the meeting of Mauricio Pochettino’s current and former employers.
Nicholas has backed Spurs to return to winning ways whilst also keeping a clean sheet which would be an additional bonus ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
He also cited the fact that Spurs need to pressure Southampton and look to provide Harry Kane with some decent service.
Spurs have won seven of their last eight home Premier League matches against Southampton (W7 D0 L1), losing the other 2-1 in May 2016.
Nicholas told Sky Sports: “Southampton got a great win at Portsmouth. You may say it’s only Portsmouth, but it was a derby and a derby that they needed to win. I have said this and repeated it, but there are issues at Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino, for the first time in his tenure, is thinking this is an unhappy camp. Tottenham need to win – to get at Southampton and get some service to Harry Kane.
“There are lots of negatives around Tottenham but they will win here. I never thought they would be around Manchester City or Liverpool but I expect them to fight for the top four. Che Adams is struggling and Ralph Hasenhuttl will want to play him, but I would leave him out and play Nathan Redmond higher up, flooding the midfield in the process. There will be moaning and groaning but Tottenham will get the result. They could do with a goal in the first 20 minutes to calm things down.
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