Football pundit Paul Merson has shared his prediction ahead of tomorrow night’s game between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton.
Both sides meet at Wembley in the Premier League with each side looking to answer their critics.
Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to his players to bounce back from the disappointing 4-2 defeat to Arsenal in the North London derby while the Southampton players will be keen to play for their places following the sacking of Mark Hughes earlier this week.
The Welshman was given his marching orders by the Saints having won just three of their 22 league games under Hughes and now find themselves in 18th place in the league.
First-team assistant coach Kelvin Davis will take charge of the team for the game tomorrow night.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored six goals in his last five Premier League games against Southampton, including a hat-trick in this exact fixture last season and fans will be looking for a similar return.
Merson believes that Spurs will bounce back after the result against his former side at the weekend with a win against Southampton.
He told Sky Sports: “Tottenham find themselves out of the top four now and they’ve got to bounce back from a bad afternoon at the Emirates. It’s funny how this league changes because one week we are talking about title contenders but now they are out of the Champions League places. The Premier League is ruthless!
“For the first 20 minutes at the Emirates, Tottenham turned up like Chelsea did at Wembley the week before. They thought they just had to turn up to win the game. They got caught cold before managing to fight back but once they got to 2-1 they thought they’d won the game again. Fair play to Arsenal in the end, who hungrier than Spurs all over the pitch.
“Southampton is a good game for Spurs to bounce back though. The visitors won’t have a manager following Mark Hughes’ sacking on Monday and it really surprises how in this era of the Premier League a team can go into a game without a boss.
“I don’t know why Southampton kept Mark on if they knew they were going to sack him following a 2-2 draw with Manchester United. They could have just done it two weeks ago during the international break. I think they’ve messed this up because now you are going into a tough game without a manager and any new manager that comes in has still got to play Arsenal and Manchester City this month. You’ve got to worry about Southampton.
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