The Saints need to get back on track following defeats without scoring against both Palace in the league and Brentford in cup action.
It’s not as though Ralph Hasenhuttl fielded a weak team against the latter either with the likes of Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse and Danny Ings starting, and things won’t get any easier here – especially after Redmond picked up a slight knock midweek.
They’ll be excitement in the Spurs camp over the imminent arrivals of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon, though neither of those will be available to feature here.
The visitors are hardly in the ideal place right now however after going down to a new-look Everton on matchday day one, with Jose Mourinho highly critical of the “lazy pressure” up front that afforded Everton an easier time of things playing out from the back.
Spurs have since followed up that result with a 2-1 away win over a nine-man Lokomotiv Plovdiv. Two-legged European playoffs have been condensed into 90 minutes this season, so Jose Mourinho felt it necessary to play his strongest team too without a second chance back in London, but he’ll no doubt have been concerned that his side conceded first and only struck twice after their opponents had been reduced in number.
Mourinho has strengthened his team in the wide areas with the aforementioned duo arriving from Spain, as well as the earlier signing of Matt Doherty on the right flank, but so far his only central purchase has been Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg, who looks set for an early reunion against the Saints here.
However, Spurs do need to strengthen in central areas and especially in defence after long-time servant Jan Vertonghen departed for Benfica this summer.
Both Teams To Score
In the league alone, Spurs saw both teams find the net in 15 of 19 away matches last term, including six of the last seven since February.
The only clean sheets Mourinho’s men kept themselves came against relegated outfits Bournemouth and Watford, so we’d expect Southampton to get off the mark with their first goal of the campaign.
Indeed, the Saints were a little unfortunate to draw a blank on the opening day, with Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita exceptional on the day between the sticks.
Spurs haven’t registered a clean sheet against Southampton themselves since 2015, as 10 of 11 meetings in all competitions since then have seen both teams find the net.
On home turf alone, the Saints have won two of four unbeaten matches versus Tottenham over the past three seasons, while the Saints have also managed to score at least once in 29 of 33 home league matches against anyone now since November 2018.