Southampton visit West Ham just two days before this clash, but Tottenham are also in action on Boxing Day as they host Crystal Palace.
Southampton are currently without a win in six ahead of their trip to the Hammers, drawing three and losing three, including heavy losses to Liverpool (4-0) and Arsenal (3-0) on the road.
Those two sides are in excellent form, but Tottenham are improving and will expect to maintain their own momentum here. Indeed, the Saints conceded at least twice in five of those last six games, and will surely pass up more opportunities to their opponents in this one.
Southampton have fared better on home turf however. They’ve lost just once at St. Mary’s this season, though having drawn five of eight games there, they’re hardly an insurmountable force.
They did pick up a pair of points hosting Man Utd and West Ham back in September, as well as another when Leicester came to town at the start of December, but by and large, they haven’t had too many daunting fixtures on their own patch this term so far.
Spurs To Win
Away from home, Tottenham have lost three of their past five road trips, with the only victory coming over Burnley.
However, defeats to Vitesse in Europe and West Ham in league action came before Conte arrived, while it was mostly a second-string side that lost away to Mura.
Domestic results under new management are a better gauge as to how Tottenham should fare here, and prior to their clash with Palace, they’ve won four of six unbeaten games with the Italian at the helm.
Tottenham have won each of the past three meetings between these two sides, doing the double over them last term.
They netted 10 goals across these three games, and although the Saints managed five in reply, four of those were bagged by former striker Danny Ings.
Only four teams have scored fewer league goals than Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men this season, while they’re still giving up chances at the other end, so the visitors should claim a vital victory here.
SPURS TO WIN