Predicted Tottenham and Southampton line-ups - Schneiderlin to star

Match to be played on Sunday 5th October 2014 at 14:05. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.

Tottenham Hotspur are typically woeful after their midweek Europa League forays as the Lilywhites have returned just six victories from their last 15, against eight losses.

What makes matters perhaps worse is that they are up against high-flying Southampton who will be well rested having had the week off after their 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino reunites with his former club for the first time since occupying his new tenure, however, it may not be a happy one as Ronald Koeman has gotten the Saints performing admirably from the off.

Currently second only to Chelsea in the Premier League, Southampton brag what could be one of the finest signings of the transfer window in Graziano Pelle who has already netted four times.

The South Coast club also have Morgan Schneiderlin in midfield, a player Tottenham Hotspur were after in the summer but were denied by a stubborn Saints club determined to keep hold of at least some of their talent following a large exodus of players.

2014-15 Premier League TeamTouches / appsPass accKey passAssistTackle / appsDuel Won / appsAerial Won / appsGoalAppMin
Schneiderlin Saints 83.83 87.85 5 0 4.33 6.50 1.67 3 6 540

It is clear to see just what Spurs saw in Schneiderlin as, in just six Premier League outings this season, he has received an average of 83 touches per game, has been accurate with 88% of his passes, attempts over four tackles a game, wins over six duels per game, has created five goal-scoring opportunities and scored three goals.

Would it be a cruel twist of fate if it were to be Schneiderlin who effects the scoreline when these two sides collide on Sunday?

Tottenham - Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Bentaleb; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Adebayor.

Southampton - Forster; Alderweireld, Clyne, Fonte, Bertrand, Wanyama, Davis, Schneiderlin; Tadic, Mane; Pelle.

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