Southampton vs Tottenham by Luke
Southampton comes from an important 3:1 victory away to Bournemouth in previous Premier League round almost now two weeks ago. It was fourth consecutive match without a defeat for them in all competitions, as the team now has two victories and a draw in last three Premiership matches.
They previously won at home against Middlesbrough and took a point on the road against Stoke in a goalless game, but also showed great character in away victory against Bournemouth. However, the game didn't start as expected for them, since the home team took the lead in sixth minute via Ake, but Bertrand replied just eight minutes ago, while Rodriguez sealed their victory in the second halftime with two goals in an overall very open match. The team is now nine points below European placed sides and the team needs a good result here to keep the momentum as well.
Defensive midfielder Jeremy Pied (1/0) is injured, as well as left back Matt Targett (4/0), midfielder Jake Hesketh (2/0) and striker Charlie Austin (13/6). Central defender Florin Gardos is still way short of fitness, while goalkeeper Alex McCarthy remains match questionable, but anyway wouldn't take the starting position. Home team should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Boufal and Redmond on the wings and Rodriguez as central striker.
Tottenham, on the other side, comes from a second consecutive victory in Premier League, as they took a 2:1 victory at home against Burnley ten days ago. Visitors actually opened the game better and took the lead in 21st minute via Barnes, while the Spurs replied just few minutes later via Alli.
From that moment on, they kept controlling the game and had much more of the ball possession, creating many chances and finally taking the victory thanks to a goal from Rose in 71st minute. With this victory Tottenham got back inside the top five, being actually tied up with sixth placed Manchester United and the team needs to keep winning in order to get closer to the Champions League tickets at least - currently having a game less and four points less than fourth placed Arsenal - already thirteen less than leaders from Chelsea.
Offensive midfielder Erik Lamela (9/1) is doubtful for this match due hip problem, as well as central defender Toby Alderweireld (10/0), left back Danny Rose (12/2) and forward Vincent Janssen (13/1). Rose and Alderweireld are having some chances to start here. Manager Mauricio Pochettino could name a similar starting lineup to the one that overcame Burnley at the weekend. Spurs are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Kane as central striker and Eriksen, Dembele and Alli as central offensive midfielder.
- Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 away matches against Southampton.
Victory over Bournemouth means that the players of Southampton have lost only once in last six Premiership matches and I wouldn't dare to bet on Spurs' victory here. However, I expect quite an open game from both teams, with both sides coming from victories and in general good morale. Odds certainly do have value in my eyes.