After last weeks’ disappointing-yet-fortunate draw away at the Eternal Survivors, the Lilywhites host the Saints indoors as they attempt to get their Champions League aspirations back on track. But Southampton will be no pushover for Spurs; they have plenty of players capable of causing problems for the boys from White Hart Lane, namely their striking duo.
Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez v Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson
The Southampton duo have netted an important 23 goals in all competitions between them so far this season and it is vital that Spurs’ centre-half pairing don’t let them add to that total on Saturday. Lambert in particular has performed so well that he has been put forward for a potential England call-up; his English opposite number Dawson needs to prove why he himself could break back into the side.
Clint Dempsey v Morgan Schneiderlin
The American, although numerously considered to be absolutely hopelessly terribly poor at times by the Tottenham faithful, does actually score crucial goals. Dempsey has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season – and some of them have been vital, such as the equaliser at home to City that sparked a comeback, or the last minute leveller at home to the Champions. The tenacious French defensive midfielder will need to be at his best to ensure that the Texan doesn’t pop up for another crucial late goal.
Aaron Lennon v Luke Shaw
The nippy winger Lennon has provided an effective outlet for Spurs this season and his creative potency always has the potential to frighten any defence. Although he has recently been injured and is just returning to match fitness, with players such as poacher Dempsey and the clinical Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe in the box, the young English left back for Southampton will have to watch out. Will the Southampton player be plying his trade in a Tottenham shirt next season? Who knows. He’ll be expensive but would be a great signing.
4 wins and top 4 is ours. Simple as. It is vital that we pick up maximum points at home because trips to the Britannia and to Stamford Bridge are looming large and are a tough prospect for any side.
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