Strong 4-2-3-1: The wounded Spurs XI which could face Saints

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Here is how we predict Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton could line up.

To be played on Sunday 8th May 2016 at 13:30. Venue: White Hart Lane, London

Odds: Tottenham 10/11, Draw 13/5, Southampton 3/1

Well, the Premier League title might be gone for Tottenham Hotspur, but they will effectively seal second place ahead of bitter North London rivals Arsenal if they beat Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs are three points ahead of the Gunners with a superior goal difference of 14, meaning that beating Ronald Koeman's side this weekend would almost guarantee that the Lilywhites finish above their neighbours - who face Manchester City away in the later game - for the first time in 21 years.

Still, it may feel like a hollow victory in comparison to what they could have achieved this season, with Monday's ill-tempered 2-2 draw at Chelsea ensuring that Mauricio Pochettino's side could not possibly catch newly-crowned champions Leicester City.

Losing to Southampton - who have won 10 points from their last four games - would give Arsenal a boost ahead of their visit to Eastlands, meaning Pochettino certainly cannot afford to rest on his laurels by voluntarily naming an under-strength XI.

One man who will definitely miss out is Dele Alli, who serves the second of a three-match ban for punching Claudio Yacob in the 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Meanwhile, Mousa Dembele might well be unavailable at the time of kickoff, too, with a violent conduct charge from the Football Association hanging over his head following an alleged eye gouge on Diego Costa on Monday.

Ryan Mason might deputise for the Belgian, if in the likely event he is ineligible through suspension.

In early team news for the Saints, Koeman may have the luxury of naming unchanged side from the one which thumped Man City 4-2 last time out, with Sadio Mane - who has scored seven goals in his last six Premier League games - netting a hat-trick that day.

Both managers will confirm team news in their pre-match press conferences on Friday.

Tottenham predicted lineup

  • Hugo Lloris
  • Toby Alderweireld
  • Danny Rose
  • Jan Vertonghen
  • Kyle Walker
  • Eric Dier
  • Christian Eriksen
  • Erik Lamela
  • Ryan Mason
  • Son Heung-Min
  • Harry Kane

Southampton predicted lineup

  • Fraser Forster
  • Ryan Bertrand
  • Cuco Martina
  • Jose Fonte
  • Virgil van Dijk
  • Jordy Clasie
  • Steven Davis
  • Sadio ManĂ©
  • Dusan Tadic
  • Victor Wanyama
  • Shane Long

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