Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino faces off against his old club Southampton at White Hart Lane this weekend in what should be an enthralling encounter.
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
Tottenham go into this game having failed to secure a win in their previous four Premier League games. They also haven’t scored a home goal since beating QPR 4-0 at the end of August.
Things haven’t exactly gone as well as expected under Mauricio Pochettino, although it’s worth remembering that he only had one win in his first seven attempts when in charge of Southampton. Daniel Levy isn’t known for being the most patient of chairmen, so Pochettino will be hoping that his methods start to reap some rewards pretty soon.
His side go into this game off the back of a 1-1 draw with Besiktas in the Europa League, albeit a game where they rested their entire first XI apart from Hugo Lloris.
Following a huge upheaval at the club during the summer, Southampton have emerged looking just as good as, if not better than, they were last season. A defeat to Liverpool and a disappointing scoreless draw at home to WBA in the first two games now seem like distant memories.
Four straight wins, with an aggregate score of 10-2, sees the Saints sit second in the table. In Graziano Pelle they seem to have found a new goalscoring hero to take the place of the departed Rickie Lambert.
Ronald Koeman also deserves a mention for coming into a new league, and managing to make it look like he and his players have been together for a few years, rather than a few months.
Saints fans couldn’t be happier with the way things are going and would love to get one over on their old boss at the weekend.
Tottenham – Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Bentaleb; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Adebayor.
Southampton – Forster; Alderweireld, Clyne, Fonte, Bertrand, Wanyama, Davis, Schneiderlin; Tadic, Mane; Pelle.
Southampton’s rich vein of form is set to continue with a Graziano Pelle finish being the difference. A 2-1 win for Pochettino’s old side.
Tottenham 1-2 Southampton
Gavin Bergin, Pundit Arena.