Wembley - Premier League
Tottenham are looking to recover from their defeat in the north London derby as they welcome Southampton to Wembley on Wednesday. The Saints have pulled the trigger on Mark Hughes, and the travelling support will be hoping for a reaction from their players.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last four games against Southampton, winning three of those. However, the Saints did beat Spurs 2-1 at White Hart Lane in 2016, their only success against Tottenham in their last 12 attempts.
Mauricio Pochettino’s injury list is lengthening, which continues to test a squad which received no new additions in the summer. Mousa Dembele, Davinson Sanchez and Victor Wanyama are all out, while Erik Lamela and Kieran Trippier are doubts and Jan Vertonghen is banned after his red card against Arsenal.
Southampton’s first team assistant coach, Kelvin Davis, will be in the away dugout for this game. He won’t be able to call on Mario Lemina after the midfielder picked up his fifth booking of the season at the weekend. Ryan Bertrand, Michael Obafemi, Matt Targett and Danny Ings are all injury doubts, while Shane Long is definitely out.
Tottenham v Southampton Preview and Predictions
Mark Hughes’ tenure at St Mary’s was terminated after only three wins in 22 Premier League games. The Saints have only managed a single victory so far this season, and that’s unlikely to change on Wednesday.
Tottenham may have lost a lead to slip to a 4-2 derby defeat on Sunday, but Pochettino’s side is full of quality. The Spurs boss will be looking for his players to respond in the best possible way to their loss at the Emirates, which sees his team slip down to fifth on goal difference.
The north Londoners are eight points behind Manchester City, and any more dropped points over the next few weeks will surely see them out of the title race. In truth, a top four spot is probably the pinnacle of their potential this season, and they are 2/5 to keep that particular quest very much alive with another three points here.
Southampton are 35/4 to get what would be an incredible win against a powerful Tottenham team. The Saints have invariably been insipid this season, and it’s almost impossible to see them getting the win. A draw would still be a great result for them, and they are 17/4 to get it.
Tottenham to win to nil at 11/8
Southampton come into this game in the relegation zone and having only scored 12 goals in 14 games - this should be a comfortable night for Spurs.
Harry Kane to score first at 9/4
The England skipper will be one of those desperate to get off to a good start after Sunday, making him even more fired up to break the deadlock.