Tottenham may have flown back from Lisbon with their dignity intact, but they are expected to be caught cold by a Southampton side who have a habit of pinging the lids like a prized greyhound on the road.
Adam Lallana’s mob have notched five times during the first 20 minutes of their last nine road trips in the Premier League and they’d be two places higher in sixth if the division was based solely on the opening 45 minutes.
Spurs are 11/10 jollies for maximum reward despite winning just two of their last six outings, with the well-rested visitors 5/2 for victory and a north London stalemate 11/5.
It’s a price about a Saintly success that looks generous to a fault on the part of the bwin layers, coming as it does, against hosts that are variously travel wearied, or returning from injury.
Latter day Lilywhites goal hero Emmanuel Adebayor is just one of those who will be back after suffering afflictions of one sort or another, with Younes Kaboul and Mousa Dembele also in line for recalls.
Nevertheless, there will some punters who would prefer the chance of greater payday and for them the 19/4 about Mauricio Pochettino’s men taking both periods in the half-time/full-time market is the wager to be on.
Why? Because apart from their habit of scoring early doors away from the homestead, Southampton have the league’s third most stringent road defence.
Throwing your lot in with the bwinners at bwin.com today entitles new customers who sign up to claim a gargantuan £30 free bet and there will be worse ways to accumulate a £142.50 balance boost than watching the excellent Saints do the business on the telly.
Against a Tottenham outfit who have outscored just four sides in the division in the home goals department, the Saints’ love of an early srtike and their Scrooge-like road defence make backing them in the HT/FT market the cool way to play on this one Bob.