Tottenham may have been responsible for one of just two defeats Southampton have suffered all season.
Yet, the south coast club are now officially their superiors according to the bookies, who cut them into Capital One Cup third-favouritism following their 3-2 victory over Stoke in the fourth round.
Ronald Koeman’s side had long since edged ahead of the Lilywhites in the Premier League top-four-finish and top-six finish markets.
The Saints are priced up at 9/2 and 5/4 to claim their place in the upper quartet/sextet, while Tottenham are 7/1 and 13/10 respectively.
However, those prices will have the difference in points already accumulated factored in to their creation, with Southampton currently eight points to the good.
Now, though they are shorter in the Capital One Cup betting too, with the bwin layers pricing their chances of Wembley glory in February at 5/1.
Tottenham are half a point longer in the market at 11/2 after eliminating Brighton and Hove Albion.
Such an across-the-board change of attitude from the layers represents the remarkable progress the Saints have made in relation to the north London club.
Despite a promising start last season they finished the season two places, but a massive 14 points behind the Lilywhites.
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