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Can Mauricio Pochettino do what Harry Redknapp and Alan Pardew couldn't and get one over in-form Southampton?

Julian Finney

It's safe to say Southampton had a fruitful September and Ronald Koeman will looking to continue this run of form of six straight wins by bettering Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Former Saints bosses Alan Pardew and Harry Redknapp have both succumbed to Southampton defeats this season and Spurs' Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to break that trend.

The Argentinian tactician left the south coast for North London in a summer which looked to have been disastrous for the Hampshire club, which lost a number of key personnel. <!-- ######## START FLOATED VIDEO SNIPPET ######## -->

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There were rumours of Pochettino deliberately unsettling players before making his Spurs switch, but they are exactly that: rumours. Either way, an in-form Saints side will be looking to finally get the better of Spurs, following a 2013/14 season which saw Saints suffer two frustrating defeats to the Lilywhites when they were seemingly there for the taking. Southampton haven't won at White Hart Lane for over 11 years.

With yet another international break looming, which will see a number of Southampton players representing their countries, a win for the southerners would be a good way to round off a fantastic run.

With ten changes to their team, Pochettino's men were unlucky in their Europa League draw to Besiktas on Thursday. Such team rotation would suggest that Spurs will have many of their key players fit and raring to go for Sunday's showdown.

Southampton are without James Ward-Prowse, Maya Yoshida and Jay Rodriguez, while Florin Gardos has missed training this week and will be a doubt.

Prediction: 1-1