Southampton v Tottenham team news and stats

Date published: Friday 18th December 2015 1:28

Mousa Dembele: Yet to get going this season

Tottenham will hope to extend an unbeaten six-match Premier League run against Southampton when they travel to manager Mauricio Pochettino’s former club on Saturday.

Team news

Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga is to retain his place in Southampton’s starting XI in the absence of the injured Maarten Stekelenburg (toe) and Fraser Forster (knee).

Manager Ronald Koeman has, however, been boosted by the return to fitness of Graziano Pelle, who is expected to start on Saturday against Tottenham. Pelle was a substitute during last week’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, when Koeman played a more defensive team.

On Saturday, the manager is likely to revert to his more familiar 4-3-3, which could mean recalls for James Ward-Prowse and Dusan Tadic. Like Forster, fellow long-term absentees Jay Rodriguez (ankle) and Florin Gardos (knee) remain sidelined.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino will make a late decision on Mousa Dembele’s fitness ahead of the game.

Dembele missed last weekend’s loss against Newcastle with a stomach bug but has returned to training and is in contention for the match at St Mary’s.

Clinton Njie (knee) is out with a knee problem, while Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard both remain unavailable due to ankle injuries.

Opta stats

  • Tottenham Hotspur are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games against Southampton, winning five of those.
  • Saints have taken the lead in three of their last four Premier League matches against Spurs, losing two and drawing one of those three matches.
  • Christian Eriksen has scored three goals in his last three Premier League games against Southampton.
  • Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was in charge for 54 Premier League games at Southampton; winning 35% of his games (Ronald Koeman has won 43%).
  • Spurs are unbeaten in their last six Premier League away games, winning two and drawing four.
  • Tottenham have lost a league-high 11 points from winning positions this season in the Premier League.
  • Southampton have fired in the most open play crosses (309) and have had the most headed shots (51) in the Premier League this season.
  • Of players to have scored 4+ goals for Spurs in the history of Premier League, Harry Kane (32 goals) has the best minutes per goal ratio (140 mins per goal).
  • In fact, of all English players to have scored 15+ goals in the Premier League, only Daniel Sturridge (goal every 140 mins) has a better mins per goal ratio than Harry Kane (goal every 144 mins for Spurs/Norwich combined).
  • Steven Davis has created the most goalscoring chances without having assisted a goal in the Premier League this season (28 chances created, 0 assists).

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