Once again this will be a huge game for us to edge closer to securing a Champions League place come the end of the season.
We were third and ten points ahead of Arsenal in fifth place two weeks ago, fast forward to today and we are now just four points clear with a lot of tough fixtures including Liverpool and Manchester City away from home, both teams that are fighting for the title.
Our league form has been questionable recently as we are without a win in three games, a loss on Saturday and a win for Manchester United on Sunday will see them go level with us on points. However, after such a professional Champions League win against Dortmund on Tuesday, we should be flying with confidence going into tomorrow’s match.
Southampton’s position in the table means that Saturday will be very difficult. The Saints will be desperate to increase the gap on Cardiff City in 18th place, a loss for Southampton and a win for The Bluebirds this weekend would mean that Southampton drop back into the danger zone, meaning we have a tough task ahead.
Adding another obstacle to our upcoming fixture, we will be without Pochettino’s magic on the touchline who received a two-match ban after confronting Mike Dean at full-time in our defeat to Burnley in February. It will be interesting to see how Jesus Peres will cope with his first game in command.
On a positive note, Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Dele Alli will be available for selection for the trip to the south coast, the midfielder has not featured since Fulham away in late January.
Alli’s absence has evidently had a negative impact on our performances since his injury, his return could be pivotal at this time of the season as we look to retain our place in the top four.
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