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  • 28 October 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Referee: L. Mason
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Southampton - Tottenham Preview: Spurs have lost their last six games at the Saints, conceding 10 with no reply

Andre Villas-Boas' side expect to welcome Gareth Bale back into the fold, for what will be his first competitive game against the team that gave him his start in football

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SOUTHAMPTON

Boruc
Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Yoshida
Puncheon, Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana
Rodriguez, Lambert


TOTTENHAM


Friedel
Walker, Caulker, Gallas, Vertonghen
Sandro, Dembele
Lennon, Sigurdsson, Bale
Defoe


Southampton will be without summer signing Gaston Ramirez until the middle of November after sustaining a badly bruised thigh before the most recent international break.

Frazer Richardson is out for an indefinite period of time after receiving a bad blow to his right leg in the 2-2 draw with Fulham, while Danny Fox is in a race against time to recover from a slight knock. Jack Cork (knee) remains sidelined until the first week of November.

Andre Villas-Boas is expected to welcome Gareth Bale back into the fold after the Welshman was given time off following the birth of his daughter.

Mousa Dembele (hip) is a doubt, but may be risked in the middle, while Emmanuel Adebayor (back) also missed the 1-1 draw with Maribor on Thursday night and is unlikely to feature.

Villas-Boas confirmed Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) is a week or two from a first-team return, but there is no such luck for Younes Kaboul (knee) or Scott Parker (Achilles) who are both set to remain on the treatment table until December.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Tottenham have lost their last four trips to Southampton by a score of 1-0.
  • The north Londoners haven't scored in their previous six visits to the Saints, conceding 10 in the process.
  • Southampton have conceded more goals in the opening eight games than anyone in the history of the Premier League (24).
  • Nigel Adkins' side have also allowed more shots (50) on goal than any other team in the division.
  • Spurs have won just 10 of 49 games away at Southampton.
  • Gareth Bale (pictured right) will play his first competitive game against the club he began his career with.
  • Spurs have scored 80 per cent of their goals in the second half of games (a Premier League high) but have also conceded 83% of their goals in the second period (also a divisional high).
  • Southampton have dropped 11 points from winning positions this season - the most of any club in the league.

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Available Squads
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
3Maya YoshidaDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
13Daniel FoxDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
8Steven DavisMidfielder
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
9Jay RodriguezStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
26Jos HooiveldDefender
38Ben ReevesDefender
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
27Richard ChaplowMidfielder
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
5Jan VertonghenDefender
13William GallasDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
45Steven CaulkerDefender
8Tom HuddlestoneMidfielder
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
30SandroMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
18Jermain DefoeStriker
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
20Michael DawsonDefender
-Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
17Andros TownsendMidfielder
-Iago FalquéStriker
Players to Watch
Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 24-year-old midfielder, a product of the famed Southampton academy, scored his first goal in the 4-1 loss to West Ham last weekend and will be looking to build on that. Operating from a wide left position, the man recently called into Roy Hodgson's England squad will be tricky opposition for an out-of-sorts Kyle Walker. Adept at arriving in the box and working off Ricki Lambert's knockdowns, Spurs must keep a close eye on Lallana.
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The flying Welshman has been at his best on the road this year, scoring against Reading and Manchester United, and will need no further motivation than facing his former club. The 23-year-old missed Tottenham's last two games after his partner gave birth to a baby daughter on Sunday and will be raring to go this Sunday. With Spurs aiming to keep pace with the top four, expect Bale to be looking to pile further misery on a leaky Saints defence.
Prediction
Southampton are potent in attack and may well breach a Spurs defence that has shipped seven goals in six away fixtures. However, Nigel Adkins men remain too open even at home and it is difficult to see a way in which they can restrict a Tottenham team rich in attacking options. I expect a high-scoring game with Andre Villas-Boas' team taking all the points.
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