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Prem         Pl    W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home         22   17   2   3   53 - 23  53
Away         22    7   5  10   28 - 27  26
Total(Prem)  44   24   7  13   81 - 50  83  1.88 Pts per game
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)  22   13   4   5   52 - 28  38
Away(Div 1)  22    6   8   8   25 - 35  24
Total(Div 1) 44   19  12  13   77 - 63  62
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)  14    9   3   2   41 - 12  21
Away(Div 2)  14    2   5   7   12 - 17   9
Total(Div 2) 28   11   8   9   53 - 29  30
Total(Prem)  44   24   7  13   81 - 50  83 
Total(Div 1) 44   19  12  13   77 - 63  62
Total(Div 2) 28   11   8   9   53 - 29  30
Grand Total 116   54  27  36  211 -142 168

Last Six Premier League results:-

S'hampton  -    LDDLDW

Liverpool  4-0    S'hampton
S'hampton  2-2    Leicester
S'hampton  1-1    Brighton
Arsenal    3-0    S'hampton
C. Palace  2-2    S'hampton
West Ham   2-3    S'hampton

Spurs      -    DWWWDW
Everton    0-0    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Leeds
Spurs      2-0    Brentford
Spurs      3-0    Norwich
Spurs      2-2    Liverpool
Spurs      3-0    C. Palace

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs     16  9  2  5  21-19   2   29
14. S'hampton 18  4  8  6  19-28  -9   20 

Conte faces a second away challenge - at last!

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It is very pleasing to report that for the first time this season the letter "L" (for lost) does not appear in the record above of our last six league games. Our last five such games have all been at home, of course as fixtures at Brighton and Leicester fell foul of Covid, while our game at Burnley in late November was snowed off at late notice. The game at Goodison Park on 7th November was only Conte's second game in charge when he was still finding out about his new charges. Now Antonio faces a second away league challenge - at last!

Southampton pleased all Spurs fans with their win at The London Stadium on Boxing Day. That win was their first in seven games, and only their fourth league win of the season. Because they missed a scheduled game against Brentford to Covid, St Mary's home fans have not seen their team since 4th December. They haven't seen a win for a month before that.

This is Southampton's tenth consecutive season in The Premier League after they had a seven year absence between 2005 and 2012. That spell included two seasons in League One. On this day 11 years ago (28th December) they beat Huddersfield 4-1. Rickie Lambert and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were among "The Saints"' scorers, and their team included Adam Lallana.

Spurs played Southampton away around this time 21 and 20 years ago. On 27th December 2000, George Graham's side were beaten 2-0 with goals scored by James Beattie and Kevin Davies. That was our last visit to The Dell. Three days later we endured a miserable 3-0 defeat at Ipswich when I remember (ironically) cheering our first shot on goal midway through the second half. In a midday Boxing Day game in 2001, Beattie scored again to give "The Saints" a 1-0 win. By that time, of course, former Southampton manager Glenn Hoddle had taken over at Tottenham. The following season in consecutive games at St Mary's, Hoddle's Spurs were beaten 1-0 in the league and 4-0 in the FA Cup. Oh, they were bad old days.

Far better memories are offered in a 4-1 Spurs win five years ago on this day when Dele Alli began a run of three consecutive games in which he scored twice. These were halcyon days for Dele, and the third game in which he performed that scoring feat was against Antonio Conte's Chelsea!

Last year's game was that sensational 5-2 in which Son and Kane were on fire. Harry Kane assisted all four of "Sonny"'s goals, and added a fifth for good measure. Memories are just that, of course, but now we must all focus on getting a result here. Both managers (and others) have the difficulty of playing a game only two days after their last. Antonio Conte had the luxury of taking Kane off against Palace after 64 minutes and a lesser example was Son going off after 74 minutes. Both will probably start this game. Lucas Moura might be rested with Steven Bergwijn coming in. Ben Davies was not used on Boxing Day. One or both left wing-backs will probably be switched. We'll have to wait and see. Ryan Sessegnon will not be available, but Giovani Lo Celso will have a late fitness test.

Southampton have been missing goalkeeper Alex McCarthy with a thigh injury, but they were able to field Fraser Forster at The London Stadium after he too had been missing. Emergency signing 40-year-old Willy Caballero had played in "The Saints" previous two games.

Southampton players to look out for are 18-year-old right-back Tino Livramento who was signed from Chelsea. The defender wears the No 21 shirt, and signed a five-year contract with "The Saints". Southampton also completed a season-long loan deal for Chelsea striker Armando Broja, who has appeared in 14 league games and scored 4 goals.

Southampton also signed striker Adam Armstrong from Blackburn Rovers on a four-year contract. The 24-year-old returned to the Premier League having previously made 15 top-flight appearances and provided one assist at former club Newcastle United. This means that Southampton now have two Armstrongs - Stuart (no. 17) and Adam (no. 9). Adam was in last season's Championship team of the year, and has been a regular for "The Saints" this season, whereas Stuart has started only one league game.

Amazon Prime have the TV rights to this round of games. I will predict a Spurs win (2-0), but this will be a challenge. Our game kicks off at 3pm. I have chosen not to travel what would be a 400+ mile return journey on this occasion.

Anthony Taylor referees Spurs for the 36th time tomorrow. He has previously been in charge of Spurs for just one game this season. That was our first game of the season when we beat Manchester City 1-0! Mr. Taylor's very first game in charge of Spurs was exactly 11 years ago when we beat Newcastle 2-0. Our goals that day were scored by Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale. I was not very complimentary about the referee that day, but I recognise that he was highly regarded at home, across Europe and on an international level.

Did you know?

1. Last season James Ward-Prowse became the first player to feature in every minute of every match in successive seasons. His continuing record ended when he was sent off against Chelsea in October.

2. When he took charge of Spurs against Southampton last season at the age of 29 years and 312 days, Ryan Mason became the youngest manager in Premier League history.

3. Tomas Pekhart played for Southampton on loan from Spurs in 2008-09 in The Championship. Pekhart was in The Czech Republic squad at Euro 20. He was top scorer for Polish Champions Legia Warsaw last season, where in one season he scored more than he had at any other club. Pekhart is now 32.

4. Antonio Conte could become the first Tottenham Hotspur boss to go unbeaten in his first seven league matches.

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