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Tottenham won four of their final five Premier League games of the 2021-22 campaign to claim fourth position in the table ahead of Arsenal, ultimately finishing two points clear of the Gunners in fifth, with Antonio Conte‘s side managing to secure a spot in the group stage of this season’s Champions League.
Spurs were only actually three points behind third-place Chelsea, and the North London club will be looking to again challenge high up the table this season, potentially seeing themselves as the best of the rest behind Manchester City and Liverpool, who could go head-to-head for the title again.
Tottenham have not been overly busy this summer in terms of matches, playing just four friendlies in total, including a 1-0 defeat to Roma in their final pre-season fixture last weekend.
Conte’s side have been active in the transfer market, though, bringing in Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster, while Clement Lenglet has arrived on loan from Barcelona.
Tottenham had the fourth-best home record in the Premier League last season, picking up 40 points from 19 matches, and they will be looking to make the perfect start to their 2022-23 campaign, especially as their next fixture is the small matter of a London derby with Chelsea on August 14
Tottenham will be without the services of new signing Richarlison on Saturday due to a suspension, while Oliver Skipp is definitely out of the contest due to a foot fracture.
New signing Bissouma is also a doubt, with Conte insisting during his press conference that he would not take any risks when it comes to the midfielder, who still has a chance of being in the squad.
Conte has decisions to make in a number of areas, but the team is likely to be similar to the one that ended last season, with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski playing as a front three.
Ryan Sessegnon could get the nod on the left, with Perisic not yet fully fit, while Ben Davies is fit to start at the back despite concerns over his availability.
As for Southampton, head coach Hasenhuttl confirmed during his pre-match press conference that Nathan Tella and Theo Walcott would be absent for the clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tino Livramento is also a long-term absentee, meaning that the Saints will be missing three players on Saturday.
Che Adams could lead the attack despite the recent speculation surrounding his future, with new signing Mara potentially starting on the bench.
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Bazunu could be given the nod between the sticks, though, while there might be another debutant in the shape of Aribo, who has arrived from Rangers this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Doherty, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
Southampton possible starting lineup:
Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Salisu, Bednarek, Perraud; S Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Elyounoussi; Aribo; Adams