Tottenham play their penultimate home game of the season on Saturday needing three points against Southampton to maintain their bid for a Champions League spot next term.
Spurs’ top-four ambitions have taken a few setbacks in recent weeks after 2-2 draws against Wigan Athletic and Everton, but with four games to play, Andre Villas-Boas’ side have a game in hand over Arsenal and take on third-placed Chelsea on Wednesday so their future is in their own hands.
The first of their four remaining games will see Gareth Bale take to the pitch for the first time since his clean sweep of the PFA and FWA player of the year awards and he will be the main threat to his former employers.
With Bale in the starting line-up, the home side, unsurprisingly, are seen as pre-match favourites at 9/20, with the visitors massive 11/2 outsiders to spoil Tottenham’s afternoon and the draw at .
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3: Gareth Bale is only the third player to have won both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards in the same season, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Gray being the other two. The Welsh star is 17/20 favourite to score against Southampton.
6: Bale has scored the opening goal of a game on six occasions in the league this term and at 7/2 is well priced to make it seven on Saturday.
9: Southampton have scored against Spurs in every one of the past nine meetings and main goal-grabber Rickie Lambert is a big-looking 3/1 to notch at any time in north London.
9: Tottenham have not kept a clean sheet in the league for nine games since beating West Brom 1-0 in early March. The London side are 8/5 to secure a shut-out win, but the Saints are 57/100 to score at White Hart Lane.
69: Spurs finished in the top four last season with 69 points and are seven points off that figure with four games to play this time, but with a game in hand over Arsenal they are 29/20 to secure Champions League qualification this time.