Mauricio Pochettino may have to stifle a rueful smile when the Southampton side whose Premier League status he did so much to secure visit White Hart Lane.
Seemingly improved against all the odds, the Saints arrive in North London with the scent of a sixth successive win pungent in their nostrils.
Eight of the Lilywhites’ last 13 Premier League losses have come in games following midweek Europa League activities, including both sustained this term.
Such compelling numbers make the bwin layers’ decision to allot the Saints’ 21/10-underdog status seem like an act of generosity the like of which is seldom expected from a bookmaker.
By contrast, Tottenham look about as alluring as last night’s kebab at 5/4 for victory, while the draw is priced up at 9/4.
What’s more the visitors have developed a knack of scoring their fixtures’ final goal that speaks volumes for their ability to close out games – a feat for which they can be backed to at 6/5.
Their last six outings have all seen them notch the last strike of proceedings.
Under Pochettino, Southampton were significantly worse after the interval last term and Spurs seem to have succumbed to their bad habits.
No side lost more points from winning positions last season than the south coast club, who would have finished fifth if their games had ended at half-time.
This term the Argentine’s Tottenham have shipped the last goal in their last four league games on the bounce, suggesting backing the Saints to have the last word in north London makes sound financial sense.
Graziano Pelle heads the latter’s scoring charts with four goals in six appearances and rates an interesting 13/2 wager to score last as a result.
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