SOU vs TOT Dream11: Southampton begin their new year with a home game against Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Premier League at St Mary's Stadium.
Saints will be high on confidence after their Boxing Day heroics at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, while the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace was a good result considering the form the Palace are in and Saints' own position on the points table.
But things are improving for both Ralph Hassenhutl and Southampton. Victories can be the best morale booster, and Southampton have had a few signature results this season. Victories can be infectious and addiction. Ralph and his troops look hungry these days, with the newly-found belief forcing the players to take the extra yard in the pitch.
Tottenham Hotspur have dropped points in three of their last six games, two of which ended in defeats against Manchester United and Chelsea. The 2-2 draw last weekend against bottom-rooted Norwich City shows that Jose has a fight on his hand to get his system work with the current sets of players as Tottenham eye the top-four finish. As things stand, Spurs are five points behind Chelsea in fourth place.
Visitors: Tottenham Hotspur
Competition: Premier League
Match Venue: St Mary's Stadium
Match Timing: Saturday, January 01, @08:30 PM
Dream11 Football Prediction – Odds checker:
Southampton to win: 3.38 (119/50), Probability to happen: 29.59%
Tottenham Hotspur to win: 2.19 (119/100), Probability to happen: 45.56%
Draw: 3.70 (27/10), Probability to happen: 27.03%
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Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur team news:
Southampton team news: Shane Long has been ruled out from the clash against Tottenham with a knee injury, while Yan Valery is also out of this game due to an injury.
In addition, Saints will monitor striker Michael Obafemi before the game as he is down with an illness
Danny Ings: 12 Goals.
James Ward-Prowse: 04 Goals.
Nathan Redmond: 02 Goals.
Likely changes: Moussa Djenepo is back to full fitness after returning to action in the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace at the weekend. He will most likely feature from the bench once again.
Shane Long's absence should see Che Adams partnering Saints' leading goal scorer Danny Ings. Though, Obafemi will be an option provided he is fit for the game.
Stuart Armstrong should return to the side after missing the game against Palace due to rest purposes.
Tottenham Hotspur team news: Forward Song Heung-Min is suspended and won't be playing here, while Hugo Lloris, Ben Davies and Danny Rose remain on the sideline as well.
Tottenham Hotspur key players:
Harry Kane: 11 Goals.
Dele Alli: 06 Goals.
Christian Eriksen: Scored a wonderful free-kick in the last game.
Likely changes: Spurs are boosted by the return of both Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks as the duo returns from suspension. Giovanni Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele may drop down to the bench as a result, while Ryan Sessegnon may make way for Lucas Moura in Tottenham‘s playing 11.
Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur predicted playing 11:
Southampton: James McCarthy (GK), Cedric Soares, Jan Bednarek, Jack Stephens, Ryan Bertrand, Stuart Armstrong, James Ward-Prowse, Pierre-Emile Holjberg, Nathan Redmond, Che Adams, Danny Ings
Tottenham Hotspur: Paulo Gazzaniga (GK), Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Serge Aurier, Moussa Sissoko, Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Harry Kane
SOU vs TOT Dream11 teams:
Goalkeeper: Alex McCarthy
Defenders: Cedric Soares, Ryan Bertrand, Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld
Midfielders: Pierre-Emile Hojberg, James Ward-Prowse, Dele Alli, Moussa Sissoko
Strikers: Danny Ings (C), Harry Kane (VC)