12:30 GMT 26 December 2017
The Premier League’s annual Boxing Day fixtures return with 16 English top flight sides all in action up and down the country. The early kick-off sees Southampton travel to Wembley to face Tottenham, who have struggled since their move from White Hart Lane to the home of English football. Tottenham are 5th in the Premier League while Southampton are 13th with just three points separating them from the drop zone.
Tottenham have dominated Southampton in the fixtures between the two sides in recent years. In the last 10 meetings (which all happen to have come in the Premier League), Spurs have won eight times with one draw and one Southampton win making up the 10. They are yet to face off this term and the last meeting came in March where Tottenham ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. In each of the last three, both teams have scored.
If Liverpool fail to beat Swansea in the televised late kick-off on Boxing Day, Tottenham will finish the day in fourth place. They have a great chance of victory as only Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld are missing the clash, both through injury. Latest matches: Tottenham Hotspur
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A win for Southampton could see them move into the top half, if Brighton, Huddersfield and Watford all lose their matches. The Saints will be up against it especially if Charlie Austin, who is currently a major doubt, is ruled out. Cedric Soares and Ryan Bertrand will both be on the sidelines with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively.
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|23.12.2017||Prem||Southampton FC||Huddersfield Town||1:1||D|
|16.12.2017||Prem||Chelsea FC||Southampton FC||1:0||L|
|13.12.2017||Prem||Southampton FC||Leicester City||1:4||L|
|10.12.2017||Prem||Southampton FC||Arsenal FC||1:1||D|
|03.12.2017||Prem||Bournemouth AFC||Southampton FC||1:1||D|
Everyone loves a bit of Boxing Day football and this game should provide everything that Premier League fans crave. Tottenham are strong favourites at ‘home’ but Southampton will be a threat on the break and Spurs will have to be careful, a problem which is even worse without Alderweireld in the backline. The Saints will make life hard for the hosts but Tottenham should prevail and take all three points.
26 December 2017 - 12:30 GMT
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