Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur tips: Back Spurs win at St Mary’s
Tottenham Hotspur can remain hot on the heels of the top-four with a win on the south coast tonight
December 28th, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur made their intentions clear at the start of the season by embarking on a 12-game unbeaten run, however they have since fallen back in the title race with defeats at Manchester United and Chelsea. They may have bounced back with successive victories over Hull City and Burnley but much clearly needs to be done should Pochettino’s men wish to remain in the hunt for the ultimate Premier League prize.
“It is our dream to win the Premier League,” the Spurs boss said to Sky Sports. “It is our premier competition. For us, it is our first step. We need to work hard because teams like Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City have all improved.
“It is true that the Premier League is tougher than last season because all the big teams are improving their squads, but we are confident in ours. We finished third last season. It was a tough summer because the way that we finished the season was bad. We showed some weakness at the end of the season that we need to try and work out which is always important.”
Spurs really do need to start improving away from White Hart Lane should they wish to be considered as genuine title challengers. Pochettino’s side may have lost just twice in the league away from home but they have enjoyed just two wins on the road and really do need to pick up a few away wins should they wish to push table-topping Chelsea all the way.
Southampton have been pretty decent at St Mary’s this season but they have nevertheless been far from spectacular although new manager Claude Puel has enjoyed a solid enough start with his Saints sitting 8th in the Premier League table following a three-game unbeaten run in the top-flight which has seen them manage seven points from their last three outings. It certainly would be no surprise to see them holding the visitors tonight but we’ll be siding with Spurs to secure the three points at St Mary’s.
The north Londoners are finding their feet following a downturn in form and are solid in defence on the road with just seven goals leaked. They have been less impressive up front however and we’re not expecting anything akin to a goal-fest on the south coast this evening.
Harry Kane should manage to end a goal-drought which has lasted three games tonight and whilst he enjoyed a decent scoring run prior to this, he will be desperate to make a return to scoring ways with Betfair going 7/4 for Kane on the anytime goalscorer market.