Former Arsenal fans favourite Paul Merson sympathises with Tottenham Hotspur as the affable 46-year-old believes they "did alright" against his old club last weekend and were "deserving of a draw" rather than the 1-0 loss they succumbed to having failed to restore parity after an early Tomas Rosicky howitzer.
It has, thus far, not gotten any better for the Lilywhites as they exited the Europa League last night due to a 5-3 aggregate loss to Benfica and Merson believes the misery may well continue on Sunday as Spurs could struggle to handle Southampton.
"Tottenham's top-four chances may have gone [and] this is a dangerous football match for Tim Sherwood because I thought they did alright last week against Arsenal at home; I felt they deserved a draw and Tim could come out and say 'we were better than them but we never got the rub of the green'," asserted Merson to Sky Sports.
"This is Southampton and fans will be turning up at White Hart Lane expecting Tottenham to win. If Spurs lose this, it ain't looking good for them."
Statistics indicate that their shared history lean toward a Spurs win, with Tottenham being successful in four of their prior five league meetings with Southampton and could make it four in a row with a Sunday triumph at White Hart Lane.
Southampton, however, are on a good run on the road as they have collected maximum points from three of their last four away games in the division, with a stringent defence on display in those wins.
Considering Tottenham's inability to score in three of their past four and their own feat of returning clean sheets, this fixture could be settled by the slimmest of margins.
Merson, though, predicts a tough, 2-2 draw: "This is a difficult game because Southampton have got nothing to play for in the league but four or five of their players are playing for a World Cup place, which makes them dangerous. Southampton can go out and play but if they do lose, they aren't going anywhere. I'm expecting this one to be very open."