Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

The 3 key battles as Tottenham host Southampton this afternoon

Claude Puel may not have done as well as his predecessor Ronald Koeman or Pochettino before him, but the club has still reached a cup final and safety in the Premier League despite selling its best players for a third consecutive summer.

Spurs got the ball rolling when Moussa Dembele turned his marker, before slipping in Eriksen to take aim on goal.

Gabbiadini's replacement, Shane Long, has been clocked as the fastest forward in the division and, as he looked to play off the shoulder of Tottenham's last defender, the home team could not relax.

Tottenham are without Danny Rose, the full back, until...

Tottenham had other flickers in the first half, among them Alli's spin and shot, which went straight at Fraser Forster, and Toby Alderweireld's header from an Eriksen corner that drew an excellent save out of the goalkeeper. Tadic is taken out by Davis looking to get to the rebound but the referee doesn't award a penalty.

And, after 14 minutes, Eriksen showed his class again to fire Spurs in front.

Ward-Prowse celebrated his England call-up by scoring seven minutes into the second half after Alderweireld failed to clear a Ryan Bertrand cross.

"The wake-up call is more private inside here than in public".

In last 5 games, there have only 1 defats for Tottenham, and one drawn.

Son was the man to make way with Alli moving up top and the north Londoners putting five in the midfield.

It was an examination that Spurs passed, demonstrating a clinical edge in the first-half and then riding ripples of Southampton pressure in the second-half.

The Dutch forward almost found the net on the stroke of full time as he got away from his marker, but Foster denied him with a strong hand. Rest 3 match has been won by them.

It didn't matter though as Spurs held on for yet another crucial win as they try and obtain a top four spot this season which at the minute they are doing a good job of achieving.

When we look at the Head-to-Head stats, we see that the Spurs have been dominant by far, winning 7 of their last 9 meetings with the Saints.

Southampton (from): Forster, Taylor, Bertrand, Yoshida, Caceres, Gardos, Cedric, Hesketh, Romeu, Clasie, Ward-Prowse, Isgrove, Tadic, Redmond, Boufal, Lewis, Stephens, Hojbjerg, McQueen, Sims, Rodriguez, Gabbiadini, Long.

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