Southampton vs Tottenham – Match Preview
In the second of four Sunday Premier League matches, we see Southampton play host to Tottenham and with the latter having a rather sluggish start to the season, the focus will be on how Jose Mourinho can revive his players.
After a meek showing against Everton on the opening week of the season, it seems as if club chairman Daniel Levy has finally been jolted into life and with the arrivals of both Gareth Bale and Sergio Regullion looking imminent, it looks as if the squad could be operating at an optimum level.
Unfortunately for Mourinho, the La Liga pair look unlikely to feature against Southampton and with an almost full strength starting eleven making heavy work of Lokomotiv Plovdiv on Thursday night, neither Bale or Regullion will be able to provide a rather timely boost.
A boost that is certainly needed in terms of attack, because even though Tottenham have Harry Kane at their disposal and he scored from the penalty spot on Thursday, the England forward seems a shell of his former self at present.
Is he functioning within Tottenham’s setup right now, you would have to say not and even though a link up with Gareth Bale seems a salivating prospect, it still will be a couple of weeks away before the latter gets up to full match fitness.
Which is why Tottenham are also considering a move for Southampton’s own talisman Danny Ings and it is a man that Mourinho and his coaching staff will know very well, as it was he who scored the winning goal when these two teams met at the start of the year.
January 1st saw Southampton earn a 1-0 victory in front of their own fans and it also saw Harry Kane limp off with injury – a sight that Spurs fans have seen all too often in the past few years and this is why a move for Ings could make so much sense going forward.
While Southampton will hope that they get more joy going forward than compared to last weekend, as they failed to breach the net against Crystal Palace and subsequently lost 1-0 to the Eagles at Selhurst Park.
A frustrating result but not necessarily a poor performance and the fact that they did manage to sting the fingertips of Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal, will at least provide a modicum of solace to Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
That solace could be turned into unbridled joy by the end of the weekend, that is if Southampton win and at moneyline odds of +216 they look the slight outsiders, then again one must consider Tottenham’s European exploits.
Just how much of an issue will that be come Sunday, certainly needs to be considered and if it does add even more early fatigue to their star names, then the best that the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son can hope for is a draw at +236.
With that said, the bookmakers have named Tottenham as favourites for this encounter and if they can burn off their early season fog, odds of +137 do look appealing, but they do come with an element of risk at the same time. Approach this price with some caution.