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Tottenham vs. Southampton: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27:  Tim Sherwood manager of Tottenham Hotspur (R) has words with Referee Antony Gautier during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and  FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at White Hart Lane on February 27, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2014

Tottenham Hotspur look to get back to winning ways in the hunt for European football as one of this season's surprise packages visits White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Southampton play Spurs in Sunday's early afternoon kick-off, attempting to continue their fine performance levels this term. 

The Saints' form has been stunning since the turn of the year, when they lost 3-0 at home to Chelsea on New Year's Day.

Since then, they have only been defeated twice in 10 Premier League matches, per Squawka.

Tottenham, in stark contrast, have lost three or their last four games. They have only managed to score once over that 360-minute period, as recorded by Squawka.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Emmanuel Adebayor of Spurs is tackled by Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Southampton, En
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Here is how you can catch the action this weekend:

 

When: Sunday, March 23, at 1:30 p.m. GMT/9:30 a.m. ET

Where: White Hart Lane, London, U.K.

TV: Sky Sports 1/Sky Sports 1 HD 

Live Stream: Sky Go (U.K. only)/NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S. only)

 

Key Storylines

The Deconstruction of Tim Sherwood

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MARCH 19: The Tottenham Hotspur Manager Tim Sherwood looks on during a training session ahead of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 match second leg against Benfica at Estadio da Luz on March 19, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by S
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The pressure is starting to pile up on Spurs' new boss Tim Sherwood, who has worn his heart on his sleeve since taking charge.

Sherwood has shown signs that the stress of being in the hot seat is something he finds uncomfortable, prompting regular outpourings of emotion following poor displays at home to Benfica and away to Chelsea.

This could be viewed as a strength in terms of passion, but in the professional world of football, where presentation and control is viewed favourably, Sherwood seems left-field compared to the other top managers in the division.

However, John Percy of The Telegraph writes that Sherwood believes his team are still very much under his command after the recent Europa League defeat to Benfica.

Percy quotes Sherwood, saying: "I think it’s evident they’re on my side and on the side of the club. My little rant has done them no harm."

France Football writer Philippe Auclair was expressive in his description of Sherwood recently:

Compared to Sherwood, Southampton coach Mauricio Pochettino seems a cool customer, and his team reflects his nature: tactical, astute and technical. 

If Sherwood cannot control himself on the touchline, it is arguable whether he can control his team on the pitch. Someone of Pochettino's understanding could exploit this on Sunday.

 

The Rise of Southampton

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on March 08, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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It is amazing to think that the furore surrounding the appointment of Pochettino was only just over a year ago.

The former Argentina international has been a revelation at St Mary's, playing an attractive style of football since arriving in January 2013. 

But this beauty on the eye has not been at the expense of winning games, as it was with Wigan Athletic last season. Whereas Roberto Martinez's team were relegated, Pochettino's men have thrived. 

They currently sit an impressive eighth in the Premier League table, per BBC Sport, just three points behind current champions Manchester United.

Pochettino has proved you do not have to sacrifice skill to get results.

Darren Lewis of The Mirror writes that Southampton veteran Rickie Lambert has professed he cannot wait for his manager to sign a new deal with the club.

Lewis quotes Lambert saying:

Obviously, having the gaffer here, I think that’s the main thing – getting him tied down to a contract. The sooner we hear them things the better, really.

It's early in his managerial career. I know he’s managed for a few years, but I think his potential is the sky, really. I think we can see that, and I think everyone else can see that, so it’s important that we get him tied down.

Southampton still have the outside chance of a Europa League spot, and a win at White Hart Lane will further the reputation of Pochettino and the South Coast club. 

These could be a difficult few weeks for Sherwood as he attempts to hold on to his job for the 2014-15 season. 

He must win home matches like this one, or he could find that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy's patience with him will evaporate fast. 

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