Recent slipups have left their top-four dreams in tatters, but Southampton and Tottenham still have plenty to play for this season, namely who’ll finish higher.
The pair have identical points totals after 30 games, though hitting the 53 mark with weekend wins wasn’t enough to close the six-point gap to the Champions League qualification spots.
With eight to play, it looks as though qualifying for the Europa League is the best the duo can aim for at this stage, but with Liverpool occupying fifth-place, it would appear only one will achieve the feat.
A price of 17/20 says Saints will sit above Spurs once the final whistle blows on game 38 and the same odds are on offer for those who envisage the opposite eventuality occurring.
Of the two punts, it’s difficult to refute the value of the former, with several factors supporting Southampton superiority in this two-team tussle.
Five of their remaining eight fixtures this season are against bottom half-based outfits and Ronald Koeman’s troops can be trusted to take 15 points from these.
Were the top-tier table compiled on results recorded against those dwelling tenth or below, the St Mary’s side would be fourth, collecting 35 points and shipping a measly six goals in 15 matches.
In addition to this points buffet, they also have a home game against their biggest rivals to a place in the top six.
Spurs are due to visit in four games time and given their enormously inferior goal difference, victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be essential.
His side are 16 strikes worse off than Saints, a margin that effectively hands an extra point advantage to the south coast club.
Southampton have frequently refuted their detractors this term, with several being so bold as to predict their relegation following the mass exodus that befell them in the summer.
Of the outgoing group was manager Pochettino, whose decision to take the Spurs reigns initially spelt doom for the Saints.
The events that have unfolded since have proved this initial estimate to be wholly inaccurate and the elongation of their applecart-upsetting act will ensure they finish higher than the Lilywhites.