Match Preview – Southampton (H)

The fixture of Tottenham vs. Southampton at White Hart Lane perhaps delivers more juicy discussion than that of the North London Derby beforehand. With Mauricio Pochettino facing off against his former club, Tottenham’s failed attempt for Morgan Schneiderlin still fixated in the minds of fans, and a clash that has produced many goals over with years, this could be the fixture to keep an eye on this weekend.

Statistics (via BBC Sport)

Southampton have won just two of their 15 matches at White Hart Lane in the Premier League. Tottenham have won all four games against Southampton since the Saints returned to the top flight.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino coached Southampton for 54 Premier League games and had a record of 19 wins, 18 draws and 17 losses. Spurs are without a win in their last four league matches and have lost their last two top-flight games at home. The last time they lost three in a row at White Hart Lane was in September 2008 under Juande Ramos.

Only one of Spurs’ eight league goals this season has been scored by a forward – Emmanuel Adebayor against QPR. Nacer Chadli has scored four goals in five Premier League appearances this season after scoring only one in 24 last season. Erik Lamela has provided three assists in his six league games this season after managing just one in nine Premier League games last season. Tottenham’s possession figure of 31.2% against Arsenal was their second lowest in a Premier League fixture since 2006.

Opposition focus

Southampton have won four successive top-flight matches for the first time since January-March 2001. Their total of 13 points from six games is their best since claiming 14 in 1983-84, a season in which they finished second. They have conceded just four goals so far this season, the lowest tally in the top flight.
Graziano Pelle has scored four Premier League goals for Southampton and has five goals in all competitions. Since August 2012, he has scored 54 goals in 63 league appearances. The 19 players to have made a Premier League appearance for Southampton this season are made up of 14 different nationalities – the highest amount in the Premier League.

Team News

Kyle Walker remains out with his long-term groin problem. Pochettino confirmed Danny Rose and Etienne Capoue are concerns but did not specify the issue.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose, Capoue, Dembélé, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Adebayor

Score – Tottenham 3-1 Southampton

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