The myriad attempts of various Tottenham Hotspur players to inflict pain upon their Chelsea counterparts suggests they didn’t take missing out on the Premier League title very well.
After leading 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, Spurs squandered their advantage to draw 2-2 with the Blues, a result which, subsequently, handed Leicester City the top-tier trophy, which they duly lifted following victory over Everton yesterday.
Having resorted to violence after their slip up in west London, how angry they’d be should Arsenal nip into second place ahead of them doesn’t bear thinking about.
Should Spurs fail to win their remaining two matches, there’s a realistic chance their bitter foes will leapfrog them into the silver-medal spot and next opponents Southampton won’t make it easy for them.
Well aware of this, the bookies have been forced to squeeze home favourites Tottenham all the way out to 11/10 for victory in their final White Hart Lane outing of the campaign.
By contrast, the visiting Saints are 5/2 to snare the spoils, while the draw can be backed at at the same price.
Judging by Spurs’ capitulation at Chelsea, there’s certainly some value in backing Ronald Koeman’s men, but their match-betting price remains too short.
If they are going to do the business, it’ll be by a small margin based on previous results, so siding with the Saints to win and fewer than 2.5 goals being registered along the way looks the safest way to play at a mammoth 5/1.
Seven of the last nine Southampton road trips have seen the net bulge fewer than three times, a run that includes games at Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester.
Their Liverpool sojourn obliged, while a late Andy Carroll strike prevented the punt from copping at West Ham United.
Defeat was dodged at Liverpool, Arsenal and Man Utd and, were it not for some highly dubious refereeing, it probably would’ve been sidestepped at Leicester too.
Their King Power reverse remains their only defeat against a top-seven side in 2016, while Spurs’ two home losses to English clubs this year came via scorelines that would suffice the unders aspect of our wager.
What’s more, their win percentage without suspended Dele Alli in the ranks falls to 27%, as opposed to 61% when he starts. Mousa Dembele recently joined him in the sin bin and Spurs have lost six of their nine matches this term when the Belgian hasn’t been selected to start.