Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton Betting Preview – 05/12/2018

Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton Betting Preview – 05/12/2018

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham will be looking to bounce straight back from their North London derby disappointment as they welcome managerless Southampton to Wembley on Wednesday evening.

Getting an unlikely point against Manchester United wasn’t enough to save Mark Hughes job, or take Southampton out of the relegation zone. The relegation battlers will be desperate to get three points as they look to put the Hughes malaise behind them and push up the table. They’ve lost three of their last four games against Spurs and last beat them three seasons ago, with an unlikely 2-1 win at White Hart Lane towards the end of the 15-16 campaign.

Tottenham are blessed with a largely fit squad, who up until Sunday’s damaging defeat, were in very good form. The 3-1 win against Chelsea was the best performance of the season, while the win over Inter Milan gives them every chance of qualifying for the Champions League, something unthinkable after they failed to win their first three group stage fixtures.

Their home form is largely good this season, having won four of their last five games at Wembley. They have lost three matches there so far this season, but each of those were to the European elite of Liverpool, Barcelona and Manchester, while they’ve recorded wins in every other home match.

Pochettino has his first-choice attacking “DESK” quartet available – Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane, all of whom were deadly in the resounding win against Chelsea. However, they failed to do the same against Arsenal, and the manager likes to rotate, as he did when he brought in Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela in the last midweek fixture, against Inter Milan. The Arsenal result exposed a base of midfield that was overpowered in the absence of the injured Mousa Dembele, so he might look to move Moussa Sissoko further forward or use Harry Winks in midfield.

Kane scored a penalty against Arsenal and has seven goals in his last ten appearances, as he looks to have put any World Cup hangover behind him. He can be backed to score anytime at 8/13 with Black Type, or 5/2 with the same bookmaker to score two or more. Given Southampton’s struggles at the back this season, it could be worth backing.

They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in four of their last six league wins, and could be vulnerable at the back without the suspended Jan Vertonghen, especially as young Juan Foyth looks promising but rough around the edges, and culpable for goals conceded against Arsenal and Wolves in recent weeks. Them to win and both teams to score can be backed at 2/1 with Bet365.

Southampton have failed to record a win in any of their last 12 matches in all competitions. Their only real cause for celebration was beating Everton on penalties in the Carabao Cup after a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, although they went out on penalties in the next round after a goalless draw against Leicester at the King Power.

In the league, it’s been five draws and five losses in their last ten games and just one win all season. With such a record, it’s no surprise that Mark Hughes lost his job. However, they showed on Saturday they can compete with the supposedly tougher competitions as they drew with Manchester United 2-2. Not only did they take a two-goal lead, but managed to hold their nerve throughout the second half and keep it level after Mourinho’s men equalised in the first half.

While their one league win came on the road, at Selhurst Park, their away form otherwise has been dismal. They’ve lost four of their last five games away from home, including a six-pointer to fellow strugglers Fulham at Craven Cottage, which ended 3-2. They’ve also been well-beaten on their trips to the big six – Manchester City demolished them 6-0 while Liverpool raced to a first-half 3-0 lead and saw out the rest of the game as a formality.

Unlikely to do anything here, they might be able to trouble Tottenham’s defence at least. Young Ireland international Michael Obafemi caused Manchester United’s defence problems, and while he didnt get on the scoresheet, looks to have made his way into the team ahead of their other misfiring strikers. He can be backed at long odds of 5/1 with Unibet to score anytime. Each of their last four league fixtures have seen a goal at both ends, and both teams to score can be backed at 5/6 with SkyBet.

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