Match Preview: Southampton v Tottenham

Two teams at the opposite ends of the table, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur will go head-to-head at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday.

Spurs won the first match between the two clubs this season 5-2, with Harry Kane scoring a hat-trick.

Tottenham head into the match with some of the best momentum they’ve had all season. Undefeated since their 4-1 loss to Manchester City on December 16, Spurs have another excellent opportunity to pick up three points.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side come in off a 4-0 victory over Everton and currently sit fifth in the table with 44 points, three points behind both Liverpool and Chelsea for landing a spot in the top four.

Southampton head into the match hoping to steal what would be a massive three points. The Saints sit one point clear of the relegation zone and are coming off a draw at Watford. They nearly went into Vicarage Road and took the full three points, but conceded what was a controversial goal in the 90th minute.

Players to Watch

Tottenham Hotspur – Harry Kane: The English striker just continues to destroy anything that comes in his way, and should find the back of the net once again against a poor Southampton defence. The 24-year-old needs to find the net twice to bring up 100 Premier League goals.

Southampton – Alex McCarthy: McCarthy’s performance will be the driving factor as to how this match will play out for the Saints. If he’s able to make some strong saves against the Spurs attack, the Saints have a chance. If he lets in a few goals early, this one will be over quick.

Betting Odds

Tottenham Hotspur come in as 4/6 favourites to win and all leading betting websites will have Mauricio Pochettino’s side down as the clear favourites. The odds for a draw to occur are 11/4, and the odds for a Southampton victory are 4/1.

Prediction

Given how well Spurs have been playing lately, I’ve got to go with the lads from North London. Even if Kane is somehow off his game, Spurs’ attack is too much to handle for at best (Saints rank eighth in goals conceded) an average defence.

I think Kane will have to wait for his 100th goal until next Wednesday back at Wembley against Manchester United. Spurs will win this comfortably, 2-0.