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Summary

  1. Southampton starting XI: Gazzaniga, Cedric Soares, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Wanyama, Clasie, Mane, Steven Davis, Tadic, Pelle.
  2. Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.

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By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. FULL-TIME

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Game over. And it is a completely deserved Spurs win, courtesy of goals from Harry Kane and Dele Alli, against a seriously struggling Southampton.

    Tottenham into the top, Saints staring nervously over their shoulder.

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    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Southampton have suddenly come to life, way, way too late. Shane Long receives a chest down from Graziano Pelle but his shot is saved.

    Then, at the other end, Son Heung-Min almost capitalises on an error from Paulo Gazzaniga before the home keeper recovers.

  3. GREAT SAVE!

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Oh, what a good save from Hugo Lloris! James Ward-Prowse gets forward to hit a pull-back from the left first time but the Spurs keeper gets down superbly to palm the ball away. Class from the Frenchman.

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    Juanmi and Erik Lamela
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    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Four minutes of added time. Not that it will make a difference. Tottenham are leaving here with all three points.

  6. SUBSTITUTION

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    I don't usually like to get stuck in to a team, but Southampton have been rubbish. They could play until Boxing Day and wouldn't score in this form.

    Tottenham protect Harry Kane by whipping him off and sending on Son Heung-Min.

  7. Post update

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Southampton try to get in down the right but Kyle Walker mops up to clear any danger. Meanwhile, Harry Kane is down holding his knee on the halfway line. Spurs don't want to see this. Thankfully for them, he looks OK. Panic over.

  8. SUBSTITUTION

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    The Southampton fans are flocking for the exit as Tottenham send on Nacer Chadli for Christian Eriksen. Five minutes to go.

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    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    It should be 3-0. Erik Lamela gets down the right and pulls back for Tom Carroll, whose low shot lacks power and is easily saved by Paulo Gazzaniga.

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    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    I can't see any way back for Southampton here. They have barely threatened this half against a Spurs side who look confident and comfortable. Cedric Soares illustrates this with an aimless long ball forward straight into the hands of Hugo Lloris. The only noise you can hear around the ground is the joyous singing of the Spurs fans.

  11. SUBSTITUTIONS

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Harry Kane is close to sealing this game once and for all as he slides in to try and flick a Christian Eriksen-delivered free-kick towards goal. The ball skips just a yard ahead of him, though.

    That ushers another Saints change as James Ward-Prowse replaces Jordy Clasie and Spurs' first as the excellent Dele Alli is replaced by Tom Carroll.

  12. Post update

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Southampton's frustration is getting the better of them. In their desperation to get the ball they are giving away free-kicks and allowing Tottenham to boss possession. With just 15 minutes to go, it is going to take a Sixth Sense size twist to turn this game around.

  13. YELLOW CARD

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Dele Alli is in the thick of the action again, this time mis-timing a tackle on Juanmi to receive a booking. That is pretty much his only error so far this game.

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    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Southampton corner. Straight to Hugo Lloris, who punches clear. Poor stuff.

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    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham are managing the game really well, keeping the ball in the Southampton half and making the home side chase them. You can sense the last shreds of belief draining from the Saints.

    Harry Kane and Jose Fonte
  16. Post update

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Juanmi's first act is to foul Dele Alli on the right edge of the Saints box. Alli is having a cracker of a game. He is everywhere. 

    Erik Lamela shoots from the free-kick but it takes a deflection for a corner, which Christian Eriksen swings into space before it bounces out for a goal-kick. 

  17. SUBSTITUTION

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Here come the inevitable changes for Southampton. Shane Long and Juanmi on. Dusan Tadic and Steven Davis off.

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    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Tottenham are just looking to pick Southampton off when the home side lose the ball. Mauricio Pochettino's side pour forward and win a corner, but Christian Eriksen - who hasn't been at his best - delivers it straight into the hands of Paulo Gazzaniga.

    Kyle Walker
  19. Post update

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    We've been playing for an hour. Spurs totally in control, with no real sign of that changing. Southampton are battling, but they are getting nowhere. As its stands, Spurs are in the top four.

  20. Post update

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Graziano Pelle. There is a man who takes pride in his appearance. He walks towards the Spurs box like he is walking on to a yacht. His shot is high and wide, though.

    A minute later, the Saints striker heads wide from a right-wing cross.

  21. Post update

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Match of the Day commentator John Motson has just described Southampton as "off the boil". That just about sums it up. They are struggling to make any impact on this game as Tottenham, emboldened by their two goals before half time, are comfortable in their superiority.

    It is very, very quiet at St Mary's.

    Harry Kane and Victor Wanyama
  22. Post update

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Here is a chance for Southampton. Sadio Mane wins a free-kick on the left of the Tottenham box. Dusan Tadic strikes it low and hard but it is blocked by a Spurs leg. What a waste. And almost as a comment on the effort, the rain begins to pour.

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    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Hope for Southampton lies in the fact that Spurs have lost more points from winning positions than any other side in the Premier League this season. And we all know that 2-0 is the most dangerous scoreline in football.

  24. KICK-OFF

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    We are back under way, with the away side firmly in control.

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    Harry Kane of Tottenham
  26. Alli goal

    Dele Alli's goal was a lot more simple, aided by some shocking, static defending. Kyle Walker's low cross is finished by the England midfielder...

    Dele Alli goal
  27. Kane goal

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Harry Kane's opener was set up by Erik Lamela and then Dele Alli, but the striker did the hard work by flicking the ball past Virgil van Dijk and then finishing superbly past Paulo Gazzaniga...

    Harry Kane goal
  28. Post update

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Chris Sutton

    Former Chelsea & Norwich striker on Final Score

    "I just wonder if there was a bit of confusion in the Southampton defence, because Harry Kane was in an offside position in the middle. But Dele Alli runs off the the right-back and slots it in.

    "For me the assistant referee was correct to wave play on."

  29. 'Spurs are heading into the top four'

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Danny Mills

    Former Man City defender, Final Score

    "As it stands Spurs are heading into the top four, ahead of Manchester United on goal difference. Tottenham really should be targeting a top four finish."  

  30. HALF-TIME

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Two goals in four minutes have given Spurs complete control of this match. Two pieces of poor defending (along with at least one top-class finish) have been the difference in what has been an otherwise even game.

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    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Southampton with a corner late in the half. It is swung into a crowded mixer but Hugo Lloris' punch is strong and clears the danger.

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  33. Post update

    Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Southampton are imploding! Tottenham are flying! Kyle Walker advances down the right and is allowed to get all the way to the Southampton box before crossing low to the back post, where Dele Alli is completely unmarked and able to finish with ease. What was the home defence doing? They all stopped and simply let Alli score. Did they think he was offside? He wasn't and they have a mountain to climb now. Spurs completely in control.

    Dele Alli of Tottenham
  34. GOAL - Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

    Dele Alli

  35. 'Southampton's defending was comical'

    Southampton 0-1 Tottenham

    Danny Mills

    Former Man City defender, Final Score

    "Brilliant finish from Harry Kane, once he got through. 

    "But Southampton's defending was comical - Kane ran through three challenges with no-one getting any contact on the ball or the man."

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    Southampton 0-1 Tottenham

    What a good goal from Harry Kane. He caps his 100th Spurs appearance with a goal of real quality as Tottenham charge forward first through Erik Lamela and then Dele Alli, who gets crunched just after flicking the ball on for Kane to beat Virgil van Dijk, run in on goal and finish superbly. That is the sign of a top-class striker - when the chance comes, it gets buried. That is 10 goals in Kane's last 10 games.

  37. GOAL - Southampton 0-1 Tottenham

    Harry Kane

    Harry Kane of Tottenham
  38. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    An offside flag denies Dusan Tadic the chance to potentially put Southampton into the lead as Graziano Pelle's pass beats the Spurs defence. Unfortunately for the home side, Tadic moved too soon. 

    Soon after, Harry Kane has his first sight of goal and drives low on target from an angle but Paulo Gazzaniga saves.

  39. Pretty even

    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    After Southampton's good start, things have evened up now, as the possession stats show...

    Southampton v Tottenham
  40. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham have a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Christian Eriksen hits it straight into the wall before the ball is swung back in for Toby Alderweireld to head on to the roof of the net. This is proving to be a bit of a let-down after a promising start.

  41. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Erik Lamela thinks he is Marco van Basten for a second as Kyle Walker's cross finds him at the far post for an attempted volley back across goal. He clears up the debate once and for all as his effort stays in play and bounces near the edge of the Saints box. So, to clarify, Erik Lamela is not Marco van Basten.

  42. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Dusan Tadic finds Sadio Mane again but he can't get a shot away in the box as Jan Vertonghen slides in. The ball flicks back off the Saints forward for a goal-kick, prompting the referee to give Hugo Lloris a bit of a telling off about the amount of time he is wasting.

  43. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Sadio Mane has looked great so far today, right up until he gets anywhere near the Tottenham box. The Saints man over-hits a cross that beats everyone.

    Soon after, down the other end, Erik Lamela wins Spurs a corner, which they take short and then deliver straight into the hands of Paulo Gazzaniga.

    Lots of effort so far, but precious little quality when it matters. A bit like an episode of X Factor.

    Sadio Mane of Southampton
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    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs are having their best spell. Christian Eriksen turns past a man on the edge of the box and shoots, but some way past the far post.

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    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham do come forward now, though, and win a corner when Christian Eriksen's cross is headed behind. The Dane delivers the corner but way over everyone and out for a throw on the opposite side. 

    That was poor. And against form as Spyurs have more goals from set-pieces than any other Premier League club this season.

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    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Spurs haven't started yet. They've barely been out of their own half. And every time they do flirt with an attacking move, it is snuffed out by a hard-working Southampton. Ronald Koeman's biggest concern? That it is still 0-0.

    Southampton v Tottenham
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    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    It is all Southampton. A couple of crosses are hacked clear by Spurs, the last of which sparks calls for handball against Toby Alderweireld. The referee thinks it was ball to hand. Mainly because it was. No penalty.

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    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Sadio Mane completes a hat-trick of misses chances as he hits Dusan Tadic's low cross first time from the edge of the box but too close to Hugo Lloris, who dives low to save. It was the best opportunity of the lot and he should have scored. Tottenham were all over the shop at the back.

    Sadio Mane of Southampton
  49. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Oh, Sadio Mane again runs into space to collect a ball into the box but his shot from an angle is deflected over by the boot of Toby Alderweireld. Ronald Koeman says his side have been creating plenty of chances of late but not converting them. Same story so far in this game.

  50. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Southampton get plenty of men forward but the cross from the left by Dusan Tadic floats over all of them. Soon after, Sadio Mane runs into plenty of space in the Spurs box to try and receive a long ball forward but Hugo Lloris is out in a flash to beat him to it. Just. Promising start for the home side.

  51. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Tottenham

    Southampton snap into a tackle early and set Sadio Mane charging toward the Spurs box but Eric Dier stays with and then dispossesses him. Judging by the preferred style of both managers we should get a high-tempo game here. None of that pointless midfield possession stuff.

  52. KICK-OFF

    Southampton v Tottenham

    Mauricio Pochettino takes his seat in the away dug-out and calmly crosses his legs. He's not fazed. The Saints players break from a huddle and we are under way.

  53. Post update

    Southampton v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

    OK, here we go, the teams are on their way out. We're just a minute or two away from a whole game of football. I'll be focusing on the 90 minutes from the St Mary's but if you want an overview of the Premier League action you can follow it here.

  54. Remember when Andy Reid played for Spurs?

    Southampton v Spurs stat
  55. The Pochettino influence

    Southampton v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

    John Motson

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Mauricio Pochettino

    "The focus on this game will inevitably be on Mauricio Pochettino, who led Southampton to eighth in his one full season in charge and guided Tottenham to fifth last term. 

    "The Argentine has had a profound influence at both clubs - constructing young sides who play attractive, attacking football. 

    "And he has also played a key role in developing English talent - of England's last 17 debutants, 10 were being coached by Pochettino at the time. 

    "Both sides come into this match on the back on defeats, with Saints winless in five league and cup games, and Tottenham smarting from an unexpected defeat at home to Newcastle."

  56. Predict the unpredictable

    Southampton v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

    Predictor

    BBC Sport's prediction overlord Mark Lawrenson reckons this game is going to be 2-1 to Southampton.

    But what do you think? There is no need to scream your prediction at your computer any more - you can have your say using our Predictor.

    There is a league table for how fans of each club are doing prediction-wise this season. Saints and Spurs fans, it's not looking good for you. But you can turn it around by predicting right now.

  57. Stick it in the mixer

    Southampton v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

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  58. Losing the lead

    Southampton v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

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  59. 100 up for Harry

    Southampton v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

  60. Team news

    Southampton v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

    Striker Graziano Pelle returns to the Southampton starting XI following injury and starts in place of Shane Long. Dusan Tadic is recalled after being on the bench for the loss at Crystal Palace and Jordy Clasie starts, with Maya Yoshida and Oriol Romeu dropping to the bench.

    Southampton starting XI: Gazzaniga, Soares, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Wanyama, Clasie, Mane, Steven Davis, Tadic, Pelle. 

    Subs: Kelvin Davis, Yoshida, Long, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Juanmi, Targett.

    Southampton

    Tottenham make two changes from the side that lost at home to Newcastle last weekend. Ben Davies is in for Danny Rose at left-back, while Mousa Dembele returns from injury and replaces Tom Carroll in midfield.

    Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembele, Dier, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.  

    Subs: Bentaleb, Son, Vorm, Chadli, Wimmer, Carroll, Winks.

    Tottenham
  61. Try predicting this...

    Southampton v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

    Mauricio Pochettino

    You would forgive Tottenham fans for scratching their head in disbelief after their 14-game unbeaten league run - which included a thumping win against Man City and getting a draw at Arsenal - was brought to an end by relegation-threatened Newcastle last weekend. But such is the inconsistency of this season's Premier League.

    Southampton have only picked up one point since 7 November and also recently got hit for six at home by Liverpool in the League Cup. But you still wouldn't bet against them winning today. Football, eh?

  62. Pochettino back at St Mary's

    Southampton v Tottenham (15:00 GMT)

    I suspect this is the fixture Mauricio Pochettino was looking forward to least of all this season. The man who helped turn Southampton into a Premier League force is back for a hostile St Mary's reception with the club for whom he left the Saints; Tottenham, who the Argentine is shaping along similar successful lines.

    For the Saints fans, it is a bit like bumping into your ex with their new boyfriend/girlfriend, and discovering they look a little bit too much like you.

    So, welcome to our live page for Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur. We’ll have local radio and text commentary here and you can keep up to date with all the build-up to today’s games on this live text page.