Southampton v Tottenham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 05, 2019
St Mary's - Premier League
Tottenham search for their first Premier League win in their last four games as they travel to face Southampton this Saturday. The Saints were unlikely not to earn any points against Manchester United in their last game and remain on the precipice of the relegation zone.
Spurs made short work of Southampton when the sides met in December, with Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min all on target before Charlie Austin pulled a goal back in injury time.
Danny Ings may be fit to return on Saturday, although a lack of match-fitness should see Charlie Austin start again. Ralph Hassenhutll will be wary of making many changes, and will make the most of a full week's rest for his side.
Maurizio Pochettino should be able to welcome back Harry Winks and Eric Dier, with rotations needed following a tiring mid-week trip to Germany. The manager may even be tempted to hand Harry Kane a rest, with the forward heavily involved since returning from injury three weeks ago.
Southampton's survival hopes took yet another blow as they surrendered a lead against Manchester United twice last week. Hassenhutll will be hoping that at St Mary's, against a fatigued Spurs side, they will be able to hold on slightly longer.
Southampton v Tottenham Predictions and Previews
Tottenham have looked far from their best in recent weeks, with a defeat by Burnley followed up by a loss to Chelsea and a home draw against Arsenal. Whilst the latter two were hardly embarrassments, they showed a Spurs side that have lost much of their early season fluidity, with mistakes beginning to creep into the game.
This will be a concern to fans from North London, who have seen their team struggle before in the latter stages of the season, potentially worsened by their progression in the Champions League. The predominant reason for Spurs' difficulties is a lack of squad depth, and despite being stronger this season than ever, injuries to Dele Alli and Harry Kane undeniably disrupted the team's rhythm.
Even with the England captain back, Pochettino's side have found it difficult to break defences down, with the manager often resorting to route one tactics through Fernando Llorente, who is 13/8 to score this weekend. Southampton will be hoping that they can encourage precisely this behaviour on Saturday, limiting their opponents ability to do what they do best.
Two excellently taken goals against United may have been somewhat of a fluke for the Saints, but will encourage a side that otherwise may have returned demoralized. Instead, Southampton are more likely to be pumped up from their trip to Manchester, if Hassenhutll is able to direct that energy, they should be able to give Spurs a good game.
Christian Eriksen to score anytime at 7/2
A deep lying Southampton side may be vulnerable to the Dane's long-range shots.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 83/100
Expect the home side to have a go at Spurs, either scoring or leaving their defence exposed.