By Amir Mir

Chris Sutton has backed Tottenham to “edge” their Premier League encounter against Southampton on Sunday afternoon at White Hart Lane.

Former Celtic striker Sutton believes the north London club, who currently sit in second, need to keep winning games in order to secure a top four spot at the end of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino guided Spurs to third last season and the Argentine is looking to maintain that success once again this term.

His team are six points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand against their rivals ahead of this weekend’s matches.

Nonetheless, BT Sports pundit Sutton delivered a brief assesment on Spurs ahead of their match against the Saints as he backed them to win 2-1.

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“It will be interesting to see how Tottenham get on without Harry Kane,” Sutton told the Daily Mail. “I expect them to edge this – and they have to keep winning to secure their place in the top four.”

Pochettino’s side are yet to taste defeat in front of their own supporters this season, with Southampton being the last team to win at White Hart Lane at the end of the previous campaign.

The home team will be without their key striker Harry Kane who is in the treatment room after injuring his ankle during the 6-0 FA Cup win against Millwall last Sunday.

Versatile attacker Son Heung-Min and summer signing Vincent Janssen are the two players likely to fill Kane’s shoes.

Son scored a hat-trick in the clash against Millwall, while Janssen also found the back of the net against the League One outfit.

In other Tottenham news, Danny Murphy believes Spurs can exploit this weakness against Southampton on Sunday. 

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