Tottenham Hotspur begin the new Premier League season by welcoming Southampton to north London on Saturday afternoon.
Following his first vomit-inducing preseason with the Tottenham squad, Antonio Conte is poised to continue the remarkable improvement his arrival last November sparked.
Ralph Hasenhuttl, by comparison, is part of the furniture at Southampton having spent three and a half years on the south coast, posting a declining points haul in each of his full seasons at the helm (52, 43, 40).
Here's everything you need to know about the imminent meeting between this pair.
Where are Tottenham vs Southampton playing?
- Location: London, England
- Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Kick-off Time: 15:00 BST / 10:00 EST / 07:00 PST
- VAR: Paul Tierney
- Referee: Andre Marriner
Where can you watch Tottenham vs Southampton in the UK?
Channel: BT Sport Score (Studio Updates Only)
Channel: BBC Final Score (Studio Updates Only)
Broadcast Time: 15:00 (BST)
Where can you watch Tottenham vs Southampton in The United States?
Streaming Service: Peacock Premium
Broadcast Time EST: 10:00
Broadcast Time PST: 07:00
Where can you watch Tottenham vs Southampton in Canada?
Streaming Service: fuboTV Canada
Broadcast Time (EST): 10:00
Where can you watch Tottenham vs Southampton Highlights?
Channel: Sky Sports Football
Channel: BBC Match of the Day
Stream: Sky Football YouTube channel
H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Tottenham: 3 Wins
Southampton: 1 Win
Draws: 1 Draw
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Tottenham team news
A pelvic problem prevented Oliver Skipp from making an appearance after January last season but the midfielder managed to recover from that issue over the summer. A training ground accident led to a hairline fracture in his heel which is only expected to sideline the 21-year-old for two or three weeks.
Richarlison's one-match ban for throwing a flare during Everton's run-in last season will delay any debut he may have been afforded this weekend.
Illness has left Japhet Tanganga's involvement uncertain while the £26m signing Yves Bissouma is a doubt with a tight hamstring.
Tottenham predicted lineup vs Southampton
Tottenham Starting 11: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Sanchez; Doherty, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
Bench: Forster, Spence, Davies, Lenglet, Emerson, Lucas, Bryan
Southampton team news vs Tottenham
At the start of August, Hasenhuttl confirmed that the long-term absentee Tino Livramento would not return from his ACL injury before the World Cup held this winter. Nathan Tella is also suffering from knee problems but is expected to feature within a matter of weeks.
Theo Walcott's involvement against his former north London rivals seems unlikely as an undisclosed injury has prevented the one-time Arsenal forward from training with Southampton.
Southampton predicted lineup vs Tottenham
Southampton Starting 11: Bazunu; Bella-Kotchap, Bednarek, Salisu; Walker-Peters, Ward-Prowse, Lavia, Romeu, Perraud; Aribo, Adams
Bench: Caballero, Stephens, Diallo, Redmond, Elyounoussi, S Armstrong, A Armstrong
Tottenham vs Southampton score prediction
These two clubs enjoyed and endured dramatically contrasting conclusions to the 2021/22 campaign. While Spurs romped into the top four, losing just one of their last 11 games, Southampton spiralled towards the bottom half of mid-table, winning one of their final half-dozen top-flight outings.
Hasenhuttl has sought to plug the leaks that appeared during that dreary conclusion by reverting to a 3-5-2 system. However, the early indications suggest the tweak has dulled their blunt attack even more.
Tottenham suffer no such lack of incision with the reigning Premier League Golden Boot winner - and Harry Kane - among their ranks and may well highlight the chasm in quality between the two squads this Saturday.