Tottenham Hotspur host Southampton at Wembley Stadium on Boxing Day after thrashing Burnley 3-0 away from home; courtesy of a Harry Kane hat-trick.
Spurs put their 4-1 defeat at Man City behind them and ran riot on Saturday. The result saw our club move back above rivals Arsenal (albeit only on goal difference) and into 5th, one point outside the top four.
Southampton, on the other hand, are struggling for form following their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town. The Saints’ winless streak now stretches to 6 matches but Spurs have to be at their attacking best if they are to compete for a top-four finish.
Pochettino was happy to have Davinson Sanchez back for selection. The player completed his three-game suspension and started the game against Burnley. It’s been reported that Dele Alli will face no retrospective action for his actions against Burnley.
Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Victor Wanyama (knee) both remain sidelined. Meanwhile, Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen have to be cautious against Southampton as they are just a booking away from suspension.
The French international is the first choice for Pochettino in goal and should retain his place.
Trippier endured a nightmare against Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and was dropped for the game against Burnley. Serge Aurier started at Turf Moor and after helping his side keep a clean-sheet, he is expected to start again.
Pochettino was relieved to see Sanchez back in the squad, who came back into the team after serving a three-game suspension. The Colombian defender brings a lot of stability to the defence which Eric Dier failed to do so in his absence.
The Belgian is the leader of our defence and he would have to be on his toes as we look to keep the Saints quiet.
Danny Rose’s shoddy game against City prompted Pochettino to go with Davies against Burnley, and the Welshman didn’t disappoint.
Dier’s proper position is at the heart of the midfield, shielding the back four and occasionally contributing to the attacks.
Having played only the last 10 minutes at Turf Moor, Dembele will be fresh and raring to go against Southampton.
Eriksen will have to carve out openings if Spurs are to make early inroads. He is the creative hub of the team and Poch will hope the Dane delivers the goods.
Alli must feel very lucky to have been on the pitch against Burnley. The England international’s form has dipped this season, and rather than being notorious, he needs to concentrate on his game to get back his lost form.
Son has been one of our brightest sparks this season and his endless running and work-rate should be one of the keys as we look to enter in the top four.
Just when the goals seemed to have dried up for Kane, he answered his critics in style with a breathtaking hat-trick against Sean Dyche’s Clarets. It was the striker’s 7th hat-trick in 2017.
Kane has scored 36 goals in 35 Premier League matches to equal the record Shearer set in 1995. The Spurs frontman could even finish the year as the top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues.