Tottenham - Southampton Preview: No clean sheet for Spurs in nine matches

Though the award-winning Gareth Bale has scored a league-high number of goals from outside the area, Andre Villas-Boas's men are struggling to keep it tight at the back


Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto 
Dembele, Parker
Lennon, Holtby, Bale

Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw
Davis, Schneiderlin, Cork
Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has a few first-team members missing for the visit of Southampton on Saturday but has no new injury concerns.

Brazilian midfielder Sandro (knee) is not expected to play again this season, while Younes Kaboul (also knee) and William Gallas (calf) are still doubtful.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino does not have many fitness issues with which to contend but two red cards last time out against West Brom have ensued selection problems.

Left-back Danny Fox and Gaston Ramirez were both sent off in the defeat to Steve Clarke's team, meaning that neither will be available at White Hart Lane.

The Saints' only injury worry is Richard Chaplow (back) but he could make an appearance on the bench.

  • Out of the last 11 previous clashes between these two sides at White Hart Lane, Tottenham have won nine and lost just twice.
  • No other Premier League player has scored more goals from outside of the penalty area than Gareth Bale (pictured right). He has seven.
  • Meanwhile, no other team has more goals scored from outside of the area than Spurs (12).
  • Southampton have not conceded a goal away from home in league for 281 minutes.
  • However, they have only won two of their last 11 matches on the road.
  • West Brom are the only side to beat Mauricio Pochettino's team in their last seven fixtures.