If you are reading this whilst stuffing your face with turkey, Merry Christmas. If you are reading this without the turkey, Merry Christmas to you too. If you aren’t reading this, bah humbug.

Tottenham host Southampton in Boxing Day’s early kick-off and plenty of punters will be hoping for an entertaining affair – and they might just get their wish.

Over 2.5 goals has landed in four of the last five fixtures involving both clubs and the 7/10 on offer in 888sport’s Premier League betting markets should NOT be sniffed at.

Spurs are renowned for their defensive capabilities but with star defender Toby Alderweireld out until February, Tottenham are there for the taking, as shown in Saturday’s trip to Burnley.

Spurs Licking Their Wounds After City Thrashing

Tottenham were disappointing against Manchester City, conceding four goals in what was a very un-Tottenham-like performance.

Mauricio Pochettino is a top manager and he can take Spurs to the next level; although the club will need to invest heavily to compete at the top of the Premier League table. That 3-0 win away at high flying Burnley should silence the doubters…

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Spurs are currently available at 4/11 to win here – a short price to say the least. For all of Southampton’s struggles, the Boxing Day calendar is unpredictable and you never know who is going to turn up.

Saturday’s hat-trick hero Harry Kane to open the scoring carries more appeal at 21/10 but there is a general lack of value about for any Spurs players here.

Struggling Southampton In Need Of A Confidence Boost

Mauricio Pellegrino is in a spot of bother down on the south coast. Southampton have failed to inspire confidence so far this season and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Spurs tear their opponents to shreds.

Saints have won just once in their last nine league games but the 21/10 available for the visitors to win OR draw at Wembley is worth considering.

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All Charlie Austin does is score goals, right? 888sport are going 16/5 for the Saints striker to add another goal to his Premier League tally for the campaign.

With five goals in his last seven outings, Austin could be primed to make a positive impact on Boxing Day.

Prediction

Looking past Spurs in the betting would be foolish here – virtually all of the signs point to a home win.

The omens look good for Tottenham to push on and close the gap to the top four over Christmas and Pochettino will have his troops fired up for this contest.

Saints will give a decent account of themselves but class should tell in this one. Both teams to score is currently priced at EVS and that does carry some appeal; although a little risky on Southampton’s part.

Back over 2.5 goals at 7/10 rather than a home win for that additional value…

TOTTENHAM 2-1 SOUTHAMPTON (Priced at 7/1 with 888sport)

*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*

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Alex McMahon

Alex is a freelance sports writer, specializing in football, rugby union and the NFL.

He has a keen interest in most sports though and trips to Wimbledon, Lucas Oil Stadium and Augusta National are on his bucket list. Currently residing in Cardiff, he has worked closely with 888sport since 2015 as well as producing content for the likes of Goal.com and The SPORTBible.