Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur tips: Pochettino to enjoy winning return to St Mary’s
Spurs can keep the pressure on the Premier League top-four by sealing the three points at St Mary's
December 21st, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur launched their 2015/17 season in tremendous fashion by immediately embarking upon a 12-match unbeaten run, however defeats to both Chelsea and Manchester United saw them slip out of the top four.
Nevertheless Pochettino’s men bounced back from those disappointing results by recording back-to-back wins at home to Hull City and Burnley and the Spurs boss insists that his side are still very much in the title race despite league leaders Chelsea currently enjoying a ten point lead over the North Londoners.
“It is our dream to win the Premier League,” he 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.”
Clearly Spurs will still harbour ambitions of claiming the Premier League title but to do so they would need to improve considerably a pretty dismal away record. Pochettino’s side have lost just twice away from White Hart Lane this season but they have won just twice. Can they add a third away victory when they visit St Mary’s on December 28th?
Southampton managed a top-six finish last season and they will be confident of repeating this feat in 2016/17, however whilst manager Claude Puel has enjoyed a decent start to the season, the side still sit six points short of the top six as things stand and they could certainly benefit from three points in their first outing after Christmas.
Indeed the Saints have been on good form at St Mary’s but they haven’t exactly been spectacular and whilst they have only suffered a single league defeat on home soil, they have been grinding out either draws or single-goal-margin victories.
Given that Spurs appear to be finding their feet once again and are looking pretty strong in defence away from White Hart Lane, we believe that they can edge this encounter although they have been less impressive up front away from home and the value would appear to be in a narrow 1-0 Spurs win at odds of 15/2.
Harry Kane must be the man to back when it comes to a goalscorer. The Spurs forward hasn’t managed to find the net in his last three appearances but he had previously scored nine times in ten matches and we’ll be backing him to score the opener on the south coast next week at odds of 9/2.