Tottenham Hotspur forward Emmanuel Adebayor frustrated in the North London derby against Arsenal last weekend but he has a chance to put in a better display if he’s selected against Southampton this weekend.
The match provides an interesting clash between two strikers who carry a big physical presence with Adebayor likely to go head-to-head with in form Southampton front man Graziano Pelle.
So what do the stats say about what we can expect?
Pelle is in the better goalscoring form having bagged four strikes already this season.
He’s had more attempts on goal so Saints fans would obviously be worry if his goalscoring ratio wasn’t higher.
He’s also winning more aerial challenges than Adebayor, which is interesting because it seemingly gives the Saints more options in attack.
They are a heavily passing team but can play the ball long, with Pelle holding up possession while others counter attack and that gives Southampton more threats all over the pitch.
There doesn’t seem to be anything between them in terms of accurate passes but Pelle is better in terms of how frequently he’s been dispossessed this season, suggesting that Southampton can snap at Adebayor as they try and win the ball back higher up the pitch.
Conclusion: Most fans would prefer to have Pelle leading their attack at the moment and there’s every reason to believe he will make the difference in what is likely to be a very close game.