Premier League: Can Southampton Right the Ship vs. Tottenham?
Mauricio Pochettino‘s Southampton side were absolutely unstoppable at the beginning of the season while accumulating points as if they were going out of fashion and climbing up the league to heights not even Saints fans could have hoped for in preseason.
Two points in the last six games though may have seen this bubble burst, and how bad this free fall is for Southampton fans really depends on when, and how soon, they can break this win-less streak. Could they possibly do it Sunday against a manager-less Tottenham Hotspur?
It is no surprise to me that this run of poor results for the home side have come at the same time as the hand injury to their first choice goalkeeper, Artur Boric. That combined with scoring barely a goal a game and you can appreciate the trouble the side finds themselves in. In fact only their opponents, Tottenham, have scored less out of the current top half table teams.
The positives for Southampton, though, are that their last two games — both against sides higher than them — resulted in two tied games. At home to Manchester City they came from behind and away to Newcastle they secured a 1-1 scoreline, so they can take comfort in those results.
Tottenham are a whole other kettle of fish, and their form has been dreadful for a while. They have barely gotten wins away to two teams currently in the relegation zone and have absolutely been smashed by Manchester City and Liverpool, conceding eleven goals and scoring zero combined in those two fixtures.
Since the latter one Andre Villas Boas has been fired and Tim Sherwood has come in as replacement. Immediately he employed Jermaine Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor up front in the midweek Capital One Cup game and went a goal up before losing 2-1.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sports and The Sports Column. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on Facebook.
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