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  • May 4, 2013
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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

TOTTENHAM

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

Boruc
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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

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Available Squads
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
5Jan VertonghenDefender
20Michael DawsonDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
8Tom HuddlestoneMidfielder
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
30Mousa DembeleStriker
2Clint DempseyStriker
18Jermain DefoeStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
4Steven CaulkerDefender
22Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
10Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
46Thomas CarrollMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
26Jos HooiveldDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
23Luke ShawDefender
8Steven DavisMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
9Jay RodriguezStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
3Maya YoshidaDefender
5Vegard ForrenDefender
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
33Steve de RidderStriker
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
Players to Watch
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Fresh from becoming the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo to win both PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in the same season, Bale will be itching to show exactly why he was victorious.

The Wales winger has amassed an impressive haul of 19 goals in the Premier League so far this season and no doubt he will be eager to add to that tally against his former side.

Adam Lallana
Adam Lallana
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

With Gaston Ramirez to miss out after picking up a red card against West Brom, much of the Saints' creative impetus will be down to Adam Lallana.

The 24-year-old began the season impressively, earning a call-up to the England national team, but some have argued that his form has tailed off a little since Christmas. This match represents a great opportunity to impress.

Prediction
With just a handful of matches left to secure Champions League football, Spurs will be all-out for three points against a Southampton side with little for which to play, meaning that a home win looks the most likely outcome.
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