Southampton v Spurs at St Mary’s Stadium 12pm
Tomorrow we face Southampton, a game we need to win. After our disastrous display and defeat against Everton, we need to bounce back. I am sure if Bale is watching he doesn’t want to think he’s come into a joke.
Southampton forward Nathan Redmond has been ruled out with the ankle ligament injury. Stuart Armstrong could be available having missed their opening two matches with a thigh problem.
This is our second of four matches in eight days so Jose Mourinho might make changes.
Japhet Tanganga remains on the sidelines due to a thigh injury.
Southampton have won their past two home league games against us, having failed to win any of the previous six.
We could lose back-to-back league fixtures against the Saints for the first time since March 2004.
We have gone nine Premier League matches without a clean sheet against Southampton, a joint longest current run against any side, level with Liverpool.
Southampton’s only victory in their previous 21 opening home games of a Premier League season was against Blackburn in 2004.
Only Norwich won fewer Premier League home points than Southampton’s tally of 21 last season.
Saints’ total of 10 home league defeats equalled the club record for a single campaign, set in 1993-94.
They have won their last four Premier League games played on a Sunday, as many as they managed across their previous 23 fixtures on that day.
We haven’t started a Premier League campaign with back-to-back defeats since 2011-12.
Our only opening away league defeat across the past seven seasons was 1-0 at Manchester United in 2015-16.
We have only once failed to score in either of our opening two fixtures of a Premier League season, back in 1992 – which included a 0-0 draw at Southampton.
Five of our last six Premier League goals were scored by Harry Kane, and the other was an own goal by Leicester’s James Justin.
Kane has scored nine goals in his past nine league appearances against Southampton – he has only scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal (10) and Leicester (15).
We have lost 88 Premier League games on a Sunday, more than any other side.
My prediction; 2-1
So, that is it, folks. COYS!