Southampton v Tottenham preview: Hugo Lloris doubtful for Super Sunday clash
Last Updated: 21/01/18 4:16pm
Tottenham could be without goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for their Super Sunday trip to struggling Southampton, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 3.30pm.
A late decision will be made on the Frenchman, who is suffering from flu, with Michel Vorm standing by for what would be a first Premier League appearance since April last year.
Spurs will be looking to maintain momentum at St Mary's, having won eight of their last 10 matches to move within three points of the top four.
But pressure lies firmly on the hosts, who have not won in 10 Premier League games and could find themselves in the bottom three by kick-off.
Insisting his Saints players have the "spirit" to transform their campaign, boss Mauricio Pellegrino said: "We are not happy with our position but in three or four weeks' time everything can change.
"I feel in our team the spirit is really good and everybody is conscious about what we need. I receive these messages from players every day, and we have to convert these feelings into stats."
Maya Yoshida is facing an uphill struggle to be fit in time. The Japan defender will undergo a late fitness test as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
Charlie Austin remains sidelined with a long-term hamstring problem, but otherwise boss Pellegrino has no other concerns.
While Lloris will be assessed closer to kick-off, Toby Alderweireld (hamstring), Danny Rose (knee) and Harry Winks (ankle) are all still out for Tottenham
Alderweireld, however, has returned to training early following a hamstring injury and could play in the FA Cup next weekend.
Southampton are winless in five home Premier League matches against Spurs since re-entering the top flight in 2012 (D1 L4) - this after winning five in a row between 2000 and 2005.
Indeed, since 2012-13, Spurs have won 28 of a possible 33 points in the Premier League against Southampton (P11 W9 D1 L1).
Saints are currently on the longest winless run in the Premier League, failing to secure all three points in any of their last 10 games (D5 L5).
Meanwhile, after a run of five winless away games in the Premier League, Spurs have won their last two, keeping a clean sheet each time.
Spurs have won their last three away Premier League games on a Sunday by an aggregate score of 13-2 - this is their first such match since their opening weekend win against Newcastle.
Mauricio Pochettino is yet to lose a Premier League game at St. Mary's since he left Southampton at the end of the 2013-14 season, drawing one and winning two.
James Ward-Prowse has scored each of Southampton's last three goals in all competitions (one vs Fulham, two vs Watford) - he'd previously gone 25 games without a goal for them.
Dele Alli has had a hand in eight goals in just four Premier League games against Southampton (five goals, three assists) - only two players have ever been involved in more goals in their first four Premier League appearances against an opponent (Alan Shearer v Nottingham Forest and Wayne Rooney v Hull City, both nine).
Harry Kane has scored five goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Southampton, including a hat-trick in the reverse fixture at Wembley; he has also scored twice and assisted once in three matches at St. Mary's.
Kane has had 130 shots in the Premier League this season, 42 more than any other player - indeed, those shots account for 32 per cent of Spurs' total, also a league-high.
Southampton looked a lot better than Watford in large parts last weekend, but still managed to draw the game 2-2 when they should have won by four or five.
Make no mistake, Saints are in big, big trouble. They've won just one in 14, and that was against David Unsworth's Everton.
I don't see anything put a Tottenham win, Harry Kane can't stop scoring, and their movement is brilliant. I can't see Shane Long causing the back line of Tottenham many problems.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-3 (11/1 with Sky Bet)