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Three key stats ahead of Southampton vs Tottenham

The final game of the Christmas round of fixtures takes place two days after the bulk of the action on Boxing Day and sees Mauricio Pochettino return to St. Mary’s Stadium, taking his Tottenham side to face Southampton.

Spurs have overcome some recent poor form to recover some ground on the top four, but have struggled on the road in recent weeks.

As for Southampton, they are chugging along quite nicely in the upper reaches of the mid-table placings and will look for another win to cap an excellent 2016.

Here are three key stats ahead of the game:

33 – A low scoring encounter?

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Southampton have the third best defensive record in the Premier League so far, but this has had a negative effect on the other side of their game as well.

The Saints have conceded just 16 goals in 17 games so far, but have scored only 17 in return. Only Middlesbrough, Hull and Sunderland have scored less and the total of 33 goals seen in Southampton matches is the lowest seen in the division so far this season.

Tottenham, meanwhile, have only conceded 12 times in the league. Both defences have been excellent so far this season.

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