Tottenham travel to Southampton just one point outside of the Premier League’s Champions League qualification spots, as Mauricio Pochettino faces his former side. The continuation of Spurs’ recent form at St Mary’s would be welcome in their quest for a top-four spot, as Tottenham have won three of their last four visits to Southampton since the Saints’ return to the Premier League.
Tottenham have won 17 of the 34 Premier League contest between the sides but only five of those victories have been at Southampton. Last season’s 2-0 victory was the first time that Spurs had beaten Southampton by more than a single goal in their five wins on the south coast. The following is a condensed version of STATS’ pre-match Game Notes ahead of Southampton vs Tottenham.
- Southampton’s 2-1 win at White Hart Lane last May ended a seven-match winless run for the Saints against Tottenham in the league dating back to a 1-0 victory in March 2005.
- Christian Eriksen, Jay Rodriguez and Steven Davis are the only current players for either side to have scored more than one goal for their clubs in this fixture. Davis scored his two goals in Southampton’s win at Tottenham last season while neither Eriksen nor Rodriguez have scored since 2014.
- The Saints are aiming for back-to-back league wins over Tottenham for the first time since winning three straight games from January 2003 to March 2004.
- The Saints have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight league meetings with Spurs, dating back to a 1-0 win in March 2005.
- Nine of Southampton’s 11 league wins over Spurs have come by a single goal. The exceptions were a 3-1 victory in September 2003 and a 2-0 win in December 2000.
- Spurs have won three of their last four league trips to St. Mary’s, drawing once in that span. The lone draw was 2-2 in April 2015.
- Tottenham had won two of their first 13 Premier League visits to Southampton before winning in three of their last four trips.
- Southampton had won five straight home league matches against Spurs from December 2000 to March 2005 but have failed to win any of the four matches on the south coast since returning to the Premier League in 2012.
- Spurs have scored at least twice in all four of those visits to St. Mary’s, scoring three goals once. They failed to score in their previous five visits to Southampton.
- Tottenham’s 2-0 win at St. Mary’s last season was their first clean sheet at Southampton since November 1999, when they won 1-0 at The Dell thanks to an Oyvind Leonhardsen goal.
- Spurs have scored nine times in their last four league visits to St. Mary’s. They had scored just eight goals in total in their first 13 Premier League visits to Southampton.
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