Kick-off: 1500, 06/08/2022
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham and Southampton have a habit of producing goals when they get together and another entertaining encounter is on the cards in London.
Both teams have scored in 14 of their last 15 head-to-head meetings, with the most recent being a 3-2 Premier League win for Saints at this venue.
This time, we’re taking 2.9 for Spurs to prevail and each side to hit the back of the net with our first Tottenham vs Southampton prediction.
Tottenham Hotspur Odds
Tottenham made great progress last term following the arrival of Antonio Conte and finished strongly enough to pip arch-rivals Arsenal for fourth place in the table.
A 5-0 romp at Norwich on the closing day completed a hat-trick of victories and made it eight wins out of 11.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min were predictably the catalysts for that late surge, with the latter striking a dozen times in that period.
He finished with 23 goals to share the Golden Boot award with Mohamed Salah, while Kane was six back in fourth.
Conte quickly added strength in depth to his squad with experienced free agents Ivan Perisic and Fraser Forster.
Highly-rated Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma was then brought in on a four-year deal for a £25million fee.
Bissouma beamed: “To be here in London, with Spurs, and the Champions League music, imagine? The emotion is too much. I just say thank you to God.”
Conte has definitely rekindled the feelgood factor at Spurs and they will start the new campaign with spirits high.
Southampton looked in fine shape when securing three wins and a draw with Manchester United from four top-flight fixtures in February.
However, the wheels fell off at that point and they only claimed one more victory from 12 subsequent league games, while suffering nine defeats.
Saints had done enough to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle, but the pressure is on Ralph Hasenhuttl after such a disappointing finish.
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu has come in from Manchester City and will challenge Alex McCarthy for the number one spot.
Hasenhuttl said of the 20-year-old: “As a club, we are always on the lookout for young talent and Gavin is a very exciting addition to the squad.
“We believe he has tremendous potential to improve and will give us great competition for places in the goalkeeping department.”
Saints have two attacking wing-backs in Kyle Walker-Peters and Tino Livramento, a solid set of forwards and James Ward-Prowse is always a threat at set-pieces.
We reckon the keepers could be busy at both ends here and 4.40 for each team to score in the first half completes our Tottenham vs Southampton betting tips.
Head-to-head: Tottenham 2-3 Southampton, Southampton 1-1 Tottenham, Tottenham 2-1 Southampton, Southampton 2-5 Tottenham
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