Kick-off: 1500, 28/09/2019
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham’s inconsistency continued last week when they suffered a second defeat of the season in the Premier League but they are firm favourites to get back on track this weekend.
Spurs are yet to record the same result in two successive matches this season and a 2-1 loss at Leicester means they sit seventh in the table after the first seven games.
Southampton should be an easier test, though, and Spurs to win by at least two goals in this fixture for a third successive season is our opening Tottenham vs Southampton prediction at 11/10.
A Look At Tottenham’s Betting Odds
Mauricio Pochettino accepted the VAR decisions at Leicester but Spurs were still left pondering what might have been after that game.
Spurs took the lead through Harry Kane’s first-half opener and looked to have wrapped up the points when Serge Aurier fired in midway through the second half, only for Son Heung-min to be ruled offside.
Leicester, who had also seen a first-half goal ruled out by the decision-checking system, levelled two minutes later through Ricardo Pereira before James Maddison’s goal in the 85th minute condemned Spurs to their second defeat of the campaign.
It was more frustration for Pochettino’s men, who threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Olympiakos in the Champions League, but their performances have generally been decent and we’re happy to overlook the midweek EFL Cup exit at Colchester with a much-changed line-up.
Four first-half goals against Crystal Palace in their last home game showed what they are capable of when things go right, while Southampton are yet to score in the first half this season.
Spurs have won both halves in their last two home games against Saints and the same outcome again is added to our Tottenham vs Southampton betting tips at 21/10.
Last Tottenham EPL line-up: Gazzaniga, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Aurier, Winks, Lamela, Sissoko, NDombele, Son, Kane.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton’s performance against Bournemouth last week was not as bad as the 3-1 defeat suggested but a slow start left them with an uphill battle.
They were behind to a Nathan Ake goal after 10 minutes and Callum Wilson doubled the lead in the first half, even though Southampton ended the game with 65 per cent possession and 25 attempts at goal to Bournemouth’s five.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “I think we lost this game in the first half with a not really good performance.
“We didn’t play as committed and as stabilised as we have been the last games. If you are two down, it’s always difficult to come back.”
These are two settled squads and not too much has changed at either club since December when Tottenham won this fixture 3-1.
Saints have since lost by the same score against Manchester City, Liverpool, Newcastle and Bournemouth, while Spurs have already beaten Aston Villa by that result this season.
With that in mind, another 3-1 win for Spurs looks worth backing at 21/2 in the Tottenham vs Southampton odds.
Last Southampton EPL line-up: Gunn, Soares, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Danso, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Adams.
Danny Ings looks set to replace Che Adams up front after scoring twice against Portsmouth in midweek. Back-up goalkeeper Alex McCarthy could be unavailable due to a muscle problem, which may mean a place on the bench for 21-year-old Harry Lewis, while winger Moussa Djenepo remains sidelined with a leg injury.
Last EPL result:
Leicester 2-1 TOTTENHAM – Harry Kane
SOUTHAMPTON 1-3 Bournemouth – James Ward-Prowse (pen)
Head-to-head: Southampton 2-1 Tottenham, Tottenham 3-1 Southampton, Southampton 1-1 Tottenham, Tottenham 5-2 Southampton, Tottenham 2-1 Southampton, Southampton 1-4 Tottenham
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