Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton: Antonio Conte will start his first full season as Spurs manager and expectations suddenly skyrocket in north London when the Saints visit Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday (watch live at 10:00 p.m.). 00 ET on Peacock Premium).
Southampton were one of four teams (other than Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United) that Tottenham were unable to beat at least once last season. The Saints drew 1-1 at St Mary’s in December and stole all three points with a couple of late goals in the same game.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Tottenham vs Southampton.
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How to watch Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton live, streaming link and start time
Start: 10:00 AM ET, Saturday.
Online: flow through Peacock Premium
Key storylines and star players
After finishing in 4th place and returning to the UEFA Champions League last season, Tottenham started the summer transfer window with a carefully crafted shopping list, little time lost and fresh cash injections totaling more than $180m. Conte had nearly seven months to test the team and assess which areas needed the most to be addressed. With most of the details now in place well in advance of the new season, it’s no longer a hope but an expectation that the Spurs will get off to a fast start and establish themselves as the ‘best of the rest’ with the best chance of winning. Manchester City and Liverpool for the title.
As for Southampton, the goal of the game is simply to stay in the Premier League and Ralph Hasenathle is trying to do that with a team of young players largely inexperienced in England’s top flight. Five key players were signed this summer – midfielder Romeo Lavia (18), striker Sekou Mara (20), goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu (20), midfielder Joe Aribo (26) and defender Armel Bella-Kotchap (20). playing time is definitely at the beginning of the season.
Tottenham team news, injuries, squad options
QUESTION: Yves Bissuma (hamstring), Japhet Tanganga (illness) | Out: Richarlison (suspended), Oliver Skipp (leg)
Southampton team news, injuries, squad options
QUESTION: Nathan Tellah (knee) | Out: Valentino Livramento (knee), Theo Walcott (unknown).