White Hart Lane
October 5th, 2014 13:05 GMT
Mauricio Pochettino welcomes home an opponent he is all too familiar with. His former employers, who benefited under his reign, now come to North London.
Tottenham Hotspur come into this fixture with a moral victory over Arsenal and a draw against Besiktas. With 8 points from 6 games they stand 8th in the table with a moderate run. Southampton on the other hand are 2 points shy of league leaders Chelsea and will hope to continue their good run in the season.
Team News and Line-ups
Tottenham will use a traditional 4-2-3-1 formation that they have utilized in the previous games. Hugo Lloris has been brilliant in the last two games Tottenham have played. A definite man of the match performance will be expected of him starting at goal. Danny Rose is expected to be back in action after picking up a knock in the game against Arsenal. He will be the preferred left back, however if he is to be benched Ben Davies is an apt replacement for the position. Kaboul Vertonghen will be the preferred center back pairing for this fixture as Pochettino is yet to find his best two. The right back position will be occupied by Kyle Naughton, his name sake Walker is yet to recover from injury and the youngster Eric Dier will be rested as he played mid week.
The two deep midfield positions is one of the most competitive positions in the Tottenham squad. Ryan Mason, Bentaleb, Paulinho, Stambouli, Capoue and Dembele are the players competing. Pochettino would most likely stick to the Capoue and Mason combination again after they put up a good performance against Arsenal. Capoue would offer the right amount of cover against the likes of Pelle and Schneiderlin, while Mason will play box to box almost like a deep play maker.
The three attacking players will be the same as last game, Chadli the teams top scorer on the left Eriksen center and Lamela right. Adebayor will be the preferred striker. Adebayor will be expected to play a little more in a striker role this week. Unlike the Arsenal game, he will be required to make more forward runs and knock the ball back for the trio to take shots.
Southampton will also play a 4-2-3-1 formation under Ronald Koeman. They have hit the ground running even after losing their manager and 5 players in the Transfer Market. Their new signing Pelle has been in brilliant form scoring 4 goals till date. As the lone striker, they will look to him for goals. Jay Rodriguez is yet injured and will miss games till December. Hence, to Pelle’s left will be Sadio Mane, the 22 year old Senegalese winger who set up Ryan Bertrand for a goal against QPR in the previous game. To the right Serbian Winger Dusan Tadic who has been phenomenal for Southampton after being brought in to replace their Star midfielder Adam Lallana. Tadic came close to scoring in the previous game and will look to test his skills against a strong Tottenham defense. Behind the striker will be Steven Davis which completes the three attacking midfield players.
The central midfield roles will be occupied by French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin who has been an asset to the club, despite his attempts to reunite with his former manager at Tottenham, Schneiderlin will play a key role in ensuring Southampton rob Spurs of all three points and catch up to Chelsea at the top of the table. To Accompany him Victor Wanyama will provide much of the muscle and protect his back four.
Chelsea loaned Ryan Bertrand will be slotted in at left back and will be expected to put up a good show after his goal and amazing play against QPR. Toby Alderweireld and Jose Fonte will be the center back pairing. The two have looked strong together and made the loss of Dejan Lovren seem negligible. It will be crucial to see how well they handle the attacking threats of Adebayor, Chadli and Lamela. Nathaniel Clyne will be the chosen right back and 6’ 7” Frasier Forster will be on goal to complete the lineup.
- The last time Southampton beat Tottenham was in 2005
- Tottenham have won the last 4 games against Southampton
- Southampton have won 4 of the 6 played whilst Tottenham have won only 2
Player to Watch
After a wonder strike and scoring 4 goals, Pelle will be the man to watch in this game. His performance will be crucial to the fate of Southampton as head to head records all go against the Saints. If he can score a goal or two and give the visitors an early lead, they will very easily take home a victory.
Tottenham 1 – 2 Southampton
Tottenham have had a poor run in their home games last season. They are good at counter attack and can withstand a barrage of attacks which we saw in the game against Arsenal. However with the inform Striker Pelle on their side, Southampton just might have the edge. If they play well enough they could steal all 3 points.