Tottenham vs Southampton: Spurs vulnerable versus Saints

Tottenham vs Southampton: Spurs vulnerable versus Saints

Kick-off: 1800, 21/04/2021

Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Southampton will be hoping to take advantage of the turmoil at Tottenham and all but guarantee their Premier League survival with a positive result.

Spurs parted company with manager Jose Mourinho on Monday, three days after seeing star striker Harry Kane limp off at the end of a draw at Everton.

Given the hosts may also be distracted by an upcoming Wembley cup final, we’re taking Evens for Saints to avoid defeat as our first Tottenham vs Southampton prediction.

A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds

Kane bagged both goals in that 2-2 stalemate with the Toffees on Merseyside, highlighting just how important he is to this team.

That result left Spurs down in seventh place, struggling to qualify for the Champions League and still reeling from last month’s shock Europa League exit.

The timing of Mourinho’s dismissal was strange, with Tottenham chasing a first piece of silverware in 13 years when taking on Manchester City in Sunday’s EFL Cup decider.

Chairman Daniel Levy said on the club’s official website: “Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club.

“Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic.

“On a personal level, I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged.”

Professional footballers are generally a resilient bunch, but staying focused for this contest will be tricky.

Looking at the Tottenham vs Southampton odds, we like 6/4 for Saints to open the scoring in London.

Last Spurs line-up: Lloris, Reguilon, Alderweireld, Rodon, Aurier, Hojbjerg, Dier, Sissoko, Ndombele, Son, Kane.

A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds

Southampton showed how being distracted by a trip to Wembley can affect a team’s performance when they were beaten 3-0 at West Brom in this competition.

Saints were then edged out 1-0 by Leicester in the FA Cup semi-finals, with Kelechi Iheanacho’s 55th-minute strike settling the issue.

Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Mourinho’s shock sacking has made preparing for this game even harder.

He commented: “We don’t have a long time to prepare for the game and it makes it even more difficult now.

“It changes everything. Because everything you normally tell your players, what they have to expect, from one day to the next, is not there any more.”

However, we are more inclined to feel it will be tougher for Tottenham not to play with one eye on facing Manchester City over the weekend.

Both teams have scored in 11 of the last 12 encounters between these sides and 7/10 for that bet to come in again is worth adding to our Tottenham vs Southampton betting tips.

Saints began the month by beating Burnley 3-2, so 2/1 they net more than once here is another value option.

Last Southampton line-up: Forster, Walker-Peters, Bertrand, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Djenepo, Armstrong, Diallo, Ings.

Additional stats

Last result:

Everton 2-2 TOTTENHAM – Harry Kane (2)

Leicester 1-0 SOUTHAMPTON

Head-to-head: Southampton 2-5 Tottenham, Tottenham 3-2 Southampton, Southampton 1-1 Tottenham, Southampton 1-0 Tottenham, Tottenham 2-1 Southampton

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