Date/time: 26/12/2017, 12:30 (UK), 07:30 ET, 04:30 PT (USA)
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, UK
TV: Sky Sports (UK), NBCSN (USA) and check out LiveSoccerTV for alternatives.
Streaming: Sky Go (UK), NBCSN (USA)
Radio: BBC Radio Solent (UK)
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino needs his Saints side to pick up some unexpected points today to stave off any pressure being heaped on him from expectant Southampton fans.
Unfortunately for the Argentine, this task is made more difficult today as he visits compatriot—and former Saints manager—Mauricio Pochettino and his strong Tottenham team in Wembley Stadium this afternoon.
Saints will be missing in-form striker Charlie Austin, who suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town, though he would have missed today’s game through suspension anyway having been charged with violent conduct following an incident with Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.
Southampton are also missing full-backs Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares with injury.
Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier is a doubt for today’s game after limping off with an apparent calf injury against Burnley on Saturday, but striker Harry Kane is set to start as he chases the goal which would set the Premier League scoring record for a single year—toppling former Saints striker Alan Shearer’s long-standing record.
Stats Zone (via BBC Sport):
- Tottenham have won 25 of a possible 30 points in this fixture since Southampton returned to the top flight in 2012.
- Saints have won just three of their 18 Premier League visits to Tottenham, most recently in May 2016 when Steven Davis scored both of Southampton's goals.
- Southampton have kept only one clean sheet in their last 26 away league games against Spurs.
- Tottenham have won three of their last four league matches and scored 11 goals during this period.
- Their tally of 84 points in 2017 is already a top-flight club record within a single calendar year.
- Spurs are unbeaten in their last 11 league games played on Boxing Day, winning eight of them, since a 2-0 loss at Portsmouth in 2003.
- Spurs have won five of the last six league fixtures at Wembley.
- Harry Kane needs one more goal to break the Premier League record for the most in a calendar year. He is currently tied with Alan Shearer's 1995 record of 36 goals.
- Dele Alli has scored four goals in three Premier League matches against Southampton.
- Southampton have won just one and lost five of their last 10 Premier League games.
- They are without a win in six league matches, losing three of them.
- Saints haven't kept a clean sheet in 10 Premier League games - the joint-longest current run with Newcastle.
- Southampton's last four visits to Wembley Stadium have produced 20 goals. They have won just one of those games, a 4-1 victory against Carlisle in the 2010 Football League Trophy final.
- This will be their second match at Wembley Stadium in 2017, having lost 3-2 to Manchester United in February's League Cup final.
- Southampton are unbeaten in their last six matches played on Boxing Day, winning five of them.
Bet 365: Tottenham: 4/11 - Draw: 17/4 - Southampton: 17/2
Bet Victor: Tottenham: 2/5 - Draw: 4/1 - Southampton: 17/2
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