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Barclays Premier League Previews

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM
AP Liverpool's Javi Manquillo (right) fights for the ball against Swansea's Neil Taylor during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Swansea at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England on Monday. Liverpool won 4-1.
AP Chelsea's Eden Hazard, left, competes for the ball with Southampton's Jose Fonte during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
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SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)

FORSTER,

YOSHIDA, FONTE, ALDERWEIRELD, BERTRAND,

WANYAMA, TADIC,

S. DAVIS, MANE, WARD-PROWSE,

PELLE

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

SANCHEZ,

WELBECK, CAZORLA OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN,

FLAMINI, ROSICKY,

GIBBS, KOSCIELNY, MERTESACKER, DEBUCHY,

SZCZESNY

Two teams in form clash at St Mary's Stadium where Southampton have scored 22 goals, the equal top on the Barclays Premier League (along with Chelsea and Manchester United).

Indeed, Southampton are in the top four at the end of the year for the first time since the 1989-90 season; they went on to finish in seventh place. Their 33 points at this stage of the campaign is six more than they had at this stage last season.

Arsenal arrive unbeaten in their last five league and cup games, winning four, including their last two, against Queens Park Rangers and West Ham, on Sunday, where Tomas Rosicky scored the winner for the Gunners.

The last three league meetings between these teams at Southampton have ended in draws, but Arsenal are unbeaten there since November 2002 and, overall, have won six and drawn five of 15 visits.

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)

LLORIS,

WALKER, FAZIO, VERTONGHEN, DAVIES,

STAMBOULI, MASON,

TOWNSEND, ERIKSEN, CHADLI,

KANE

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)

COSTA,

HAZARD, OSCAR, WILLIAN,

MATIC, FABREGAS,

AZPILICUETA, TERRY, CAHILL, IVANOVIC,

COURTOIS

Tottenham Hotspur held third-placed Manchester United to a 0-0 draw on Sunday at White Hart Lane; now they face leaders Chelsea knowing their record against their London rivals is poor.

Spurs last beat Chelsea in April 2010 in the Barclays Premier League; since then in nine clashes, at White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have won five and drawn four.

Overall, Chelsea have won 10 and drawn nine of 22 visits, though three of the last four clashes at White Hart Lane have ended in 1-1 draws.

Earlier this season, Chelsea won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge with first-half goals from Eden Hazard and Didier Drogba and a third, late on, from Loic Remy. And in this game last season, John Terry equalised for Chelsea before Fernando Torres was controversially sent off.

The Blues' march on the title suffered a slip on Sunday when JosÈ Mourinho's men were held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton, ending a run of five straight league and cup wins.