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Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on, and what is our prediction?
The London club have also been boosted by the seemingly imminent transfers of Real Madrid pair Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon, which are both expected to be completed on Friday.
Tottenham will come up against a Saints side who have started their campaign poorly with losses to Crystal Palace in the Premier League and Brentford in the Carabao Cup.
Date, time, and venue
Southampton vs Tottenham is scheduled for a 12pm BST kick-off on Sunday, September 20.
This match will be played behind closed doors at Saint Mary’s Stadium with no fans due to being present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
We’ll learn more when the managers give their press conferences on Friday. However, what we know is that Japhet Tanganga will certainly miss out, while Serge Aurier may be sidelined with a knock.
After returning mid-week, Giovani Lo Celso is likely to retain his place in midfield, while the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli could be reinstated to the team after being left out of their European trip.
New signings Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty both played the 90 minutes against Plovdiv but will most likely be involved once more on Sunday.
The match could come too soon for Bale and Reguilon, regardless of whether they sign-in time.
La Liga has not yet got underway, with both players undergoing pre-season training at Madrid, with Bale training on his own in the gym.
As for Southampton, new signing Kyle Walker-Peters will likely enjoy a reunion with his former club in just his second Premier League game as a permanent Saints player.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
It’s Tottenham who have been the more successful of the two in this fixture historically, winning 83 of their 197 meetings, as opposed to Southampton’s 64, alongside 50 draws.
The pair shared the spoils last season, with Tottenham winning 2-1 at home but losing 1-0 at St Mary’s.
Spurs also knocked Southampton out of the FA Cup with a 3-2 fourth-round replay win.
Prediction: Southampton 0-1 Tottenham
With neither side scoring in their opening day fixtures, I’m not expecting a goal-fest in Southampton, despite the array of attacking talent on display.
Tottenham looked unconvincing once more against Plovdiv, but boosted by the transfers of Bale and Reguilon – should they be completed, as expected – I’m predicting a narrow away win.
Harry Kane and Danny Ings will look to compete for the Premier League golden boot and they’ll both be desperate to get off the mark on Sunday.