Southampton v Tottenham

Both Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to bounce back from disappointing defeats when they meet at St Mary's Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

Spurs saw a 14-game unbeaten run shattered by a 2-1 loss to Newcastle at White Hart Lane last time out in a game they should have put to bed by half-time.

After taking an early lead, the Lilywhites squandered several opportunities to extend their lead before capitulating in the second period and letting Newcastle sneak a win.

Despite the length of their unbeaten run, many of the results were draws and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for his charges to start finishing games off in future or risk them slipping away from a covetted place in the top four.

Luckily for the North London outfit, most sides in the top eight seem to be struggling for consistency, which has allowed them to stay in contention.

The Saints are looking to end a five-game run without a win and will be confident they know what to expect from Spurs and their former manager Pochettino.

The south coast side will be disappointed with their current 12th position after their heroics further up the table in recent seasons and will be eager to get one over their opponents to prove they still can go toe-to-toe with the bigger teams.

Graziano Pelle could make a return to the starting line-up after having an injection to help treat a persistent knee issue, while Maarten Stekelenburg will definitely miss out with a toe injury.

Tottenham will make a late decision on Mousa Dembele, who fell ill earlier this week and Clinton Njie (knee), Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard (both ankle) are all out.

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