Saints host Spurs.
Tottenham will be looking to bounce back from another disappointing draw in the Europa League by heaping further misery of Nigel Adkins’ leaky Saints side. The South Coast are racking up the records for goals against, so its hard to see the returning Gareth Bale not having a field day against his former club. Saints do have a striker who knows where the net is in Rickie Lambert and if the powerful Scouser can bully William Gallas, they have may some joy.
Venue St Mary’s Stadium, Sunday 3pm
Last season n/a
Referee Lee Mason
This season’s matches 5 Y17, R0, 3.40 cards per game
Odds Southampton 17-5 Tottenham 11-13 Draw 13-5
CaughtOffside Predicted Line-Ups
Subs from K Davis, Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Lee, Shaw, Richardson, Mayuka, Chaplow, Reeves, De Ridder, Seaborne, Butterfield
Doubtful Fox (calf), Richardson (hip)
Injured Cork (knee, 5 Nov), Ramírez (thigh, 17 Nov)
Form guide LDLWLL
Disciplinary record Y10 R0
Leading scorer Lambert 4
Subs from Cudicini, Gomes, Lloris, Smith, Naughton, Dawson, Townsend, Livermore, Sigurdsson, Falqué, Adebayor, Carroll
Doubtful Dawson (illness), Dembélé (hip)
Injured Assou-Ekotto (knee, 11 Nov), Kaboul (knee, Dec), Parker (achilles, Dec)
Form guide LWWWWD
Disciplinary record Y9 R1
Leading scorer Defoe 5
This is their first meeting since March 2005 when Southampton, then managed by Harry Redknapp, won 1-0 at St Mary’s courtesy of a goal from Nigel Quashie.
Tottenham have lost all five visits to the St Mary’s Stadium, failing to score a goal. All four league games ended 1-0 to the hosts, who also enjoyed a 4-0 win in the FA Cup in 2003.
The last time Tottenham scored away at Southampton was in 1999, when Oyvind Leonhardsen’s goal secured a 1-0 win.
The 24 goals conceded by Southampton after eight games is a Premier League record. The last top-flight team to concede as many at this stage was Wolves in 1963.
Southampton have had 50 shots on target against them this season, more than any other team in the top flight.
The Saints are the only top-flight side to have been behind at some point in all eight of their league games this season.
They have four points from their first eight games – one less than at the same stage of the 2004-05 season in which they were relegated.
Southampton have already used three goalkeepers this season and no side have ever conceded as many goals (24) after eight games of a Premier League season.
Southampton have dropped 11 points from winning positions in 2012-13.
Defeat by Chelsea last weekend was their first loss in nine matches in all competitions since losing on the first day of the season against Newcastle.
Only five goals have been scored in the first half of Tottenham’s eight league matches this season, but 22 goals have been scored after half time.
Gylfi Sigurdsson has had 16 shots without scoring, the worst record in the top flight.
Spurs have scored an unrivalled five league goals in the 15 minutes straight after half-time this season.
Tottenham and their north London rivals Arsenal have allowed their opponents the least number of shots (81) in the top flight this season.
Tottenham have had the most shots on target from outside the penalty area (21).
Gareth Bale made his professional debut for Southampton at the age of 16 years and 275 days in a Championship game against Millwall in April 2006. He played 45 times for the Saints, scoring five goals, before moving to Spurs in May 2007.
CaughtOffside Prediction: 0-3. Spurs to hammer sorry Saints.