There is major discontent on the south coast ahead of this contest. Southampton have now gone 14 Premier League games without a win, a run that stretches back to November – and Mauricio Pellegrino could be the next top-flight boss to lose his job unless Saints are able to turn things around. And they will need to turn things around quickly…
Unfortunately for Pellegrino, beating this Tottenham side is no easy feat. Spurs have scored 29 goals in their last 10 matches, including five in their win against Southampton on Boxing Day. In addition, the visitors have kept six clean sheets during this run and 888sport punters can back Mauricio Pochettino’s side at 33/20 to win to nil on Sunday afternoon.
Southampton: A Sinking Ship?
Like it or not, Southampton are in a relegation fight. Swansea City, currently bottom of the table, are just four points behind Pellegrino’s men and fans are starting to look nervously at the battle below. Southampton may look to keep things tight in the first half and the 6/5 for a draw at half-time is a decent price, the hosts won’t want to fall behind to an early goal.
Saints do tend to score on home soil – Pellegrino’s side have scored in seven of their previous eight fixtures at St Mary’s. I am expecting Spurs to buck that trend but a home goal wouldn’t be a total shock with that statistic in mind. However, Southampton have beaten Tottenham just once since 2005 and it would take a brave man to back against the visitors in this fixture.
Spurs Going From Strength To Strength
Harry Kane has been in blistering form since the start of December, notching three braces and two hat-tricks in nine games. The England star, tipped at 20/1 in our 2018 World Cup Golden Boot preview, is now sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League standings as he looks to win the award for the third season in a row.
Davinson Sanchez may be a little brash with some of his decision-making but the Tottenham defender has really come of age this year. Since joining the club from Ajax last summer, the 21-year-old has matured into a top talent and he is now a regular in the starting line-up. At 3/1 to pick up a card in this clash, he is well worth backing.
Look no further than a Tottenham victory here and Spurs fans will be confident of securing another clean sheet. Pochettino’s side should dominate possession and that should restrict Southampton’s chances to create opportunities in attack. With the likes of Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son in fine form, Spurs could score at will.
If Tottenham take the lead, they will be very difficult to stop. 33/20 for an away win without conceding a goal represents solid value in my book - that could be the bet of the weekend...
TIP: Tottenham to win to nil @ 33/20
CORRECT SCORE: Tottenham to win 2-0 @ 7/1
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*