Two teams aiming to bounce back from opening day defeats come together this weekend, as Southampton welcome Tottenham to St Mary’s in Sunday’s early kick-off. Only seven points separated the clubs at the end of last season, so will this be another tough day at the office for Spurs?
Where and when: St Mary’s – 20 September, kick-off 12:00
Where you can see Southampton vs. Tottenham: BT Sport
Last time: Tottenham triumphed 3-2 in a back-and-forth FA Cup clash between the sides back in February. Southampton came from behind to lead 2-1 before Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min scored in the latter stages to seal the win for hosts Spurs.
Southampton v Tottenham Predictions and Preview
Meetings between Southampton and Tottenham have been relatively even in recent seasons, with a win apiece and a draw in their three encounters last term. Both sides have won two of their last five clashes, while none of their last nine meetings have produced an away win. There won’t be any home supporters inside St Mary’s this weekend, which can only help an embattled Spurs.
The pressure instantly piled on Jose Mourinho after his team’s limp performance in their 1-0 opening day defeat to Everton last weekend. The Portuguese coach criticised his players for being lazy, amongst other things, which has reportedly caused a split within the dressing room.
We’ve seen this script play out a number of times where Mourinho is concerned, but the Tottenham boss simply has to change the narrative if his career is to avoid sliding into obscurity. Indeed, the potential return of Gareth Bale to White Hart Lane could provide a timely boost, along with a more energetic performance against Southampton here.
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The Saints are usually full of energy under Ralph Hasenhuttl, although they also lost 1-0 away to Crystal Palace in their opening fixture. There aren’t the same sort of worries as their visitors this weekend are experiencing, but Southampton will want to get off the mark this weekend nonetheless.
The St Mary’s club were excellent in the second half of last season, and closed out their campaign with a seven-match unbeaten run which took them up to 11th place. Hasenhuttl took his team to within seven points of Spurs and a top-six finish, which had seemed impossible following just two wins and eight defeats from their opening 13 Premier League fixtures.
Both of these clubs have to navigate midweek fixtures prior to this game, with Southampton hosting Brentford in the League Cup on Wednesday and Tottenham travelling to Bulgaria to play Lokomotiv Plovdiv in a Europa League qualifier on Thursday.
Mourinho will surely shuffle his pack over the course of the week, but these are two important fixtures for the manager and his team, so he can’t exactly play the kids. With that in mind, and the growing air of negativity at Spurs, the visitors are perhaps the undeserved favourites on Sunday at 22/15. Southampton could be very tempting at 2/1 with William Hill, while the draw’s priced at 47/20.
One to watch for Southampton: Danny Ings went close to an equaliser for the Saints last weekend and will have been disappointed to spurn a good headed chance after netting 22 goals in the Premier League last term. He is 21/5 to get his tally for the new season going with the opener on Sunday.
One to watch for Tottenham: Harry Kane scored 18 times in 29 Premier League appearances last term, but looked off the pace in Tottenham’s opener. A slow starter in previous seasons, the England captain is 9/2 to break the deadlock at St Mary’s this weekend in your latest Southampton vs Tottenham predictions.
Long shot: Both of these teams lost 1-0 in their opening fixtures, while that was also the scoreline when Southampton beat Spurs in last season’s corresponding fixture on the south coast. A 1-0 Saints win here is 10/1, while Tottenham are 33/1 to repeat their 3-2 triumph the last time the teams met.