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Paul Merson is backing Tottenham to continue their push towards a top-four finish in the Premier League by beating Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Saints manager Claude Puel expects the pair to be flying at White Hart Lane on the back of their maiden worldwide calls.

The visitors began to force Tottenham back without being able to create clear openings, Long caught offside when a good move had opened up what appeared to be a great chance to cross. Both were "no brainer" signings: cheap, proven in the Premier League and in positions where Spurs needed to strengthen.

DELE ALLI has scored more league goals than other player aged 21 or younger in Europe's top five divisions. The good news for Spurs is that we expect Southampton to lose to Spurs.

Southampton boss Claude Puel remains wary of Tottenham's firepower despite the absence of Kane. Into the box he looks like a striker because he is more than clever, he is very smart. We made a mistake for the goal but that can always happen in football.

It was a marvellous goal, too, as Eriksen marauded through central midfield before letting fly and dispatching a strike into the far left corner of the Southampton goal.

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Southampton went into this match in good form, having won their last two league games scoring eight goals, so it wasn't an easy for start for the Kane-free Spurs but they got by.

Tottenham are Sky Bet's 7/10 favourites for the victory with Southampton given a 19/5 chance, while a draw is priced at 11/4.

They trail league leaders Chelsea by 10 points.

- Tottenham's 10-game winning streak at White Hart Lane is their longest run since October 1987 (14 in a row). According to our predictions, Spurs will win this match by 2-0 against Southampton.

They could even have added a third goal before the end of the game when Vincent Janssen, on as a second-half substitute, bulldosed his way through the Saints defence but saw his powerful shot saved by Forster. "Maybe one day he will play like a goalkeeper or a centre back or fullback". It's hard to sum him up because he likes to run into the box.

Janssen won Spurs two free-kicks deep into stoppage time as the seconds ticked away and there was a universal sigh of relief when the final whistle was blown.

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