Friday, October 23, 2020

Under 2.5 goals at Southampton vs Tottenham 20/21 for Sunday’s Premier League showdown

Competition: Premier League

Market: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 20/21 @ 888sport

In a battle between two sides desperate to pick up their first victory of the season, Southampton will host Tottenham at St. Mary’s on Sunday lunchtime.

Starting with the hosts, while Southampton might have impressed many as they returned from the enforced break back in June, they have really struggled to find their feet this time around. Only managing to open the New Year with what was a shock 1-0 defeat away at Crystal Palace last weekend, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men also come under real scrutiny for what was a worrying display while on EFL Cup duties earlier in the week. While the former RB Leipzig boss might have lined-up with arguably his strongest starting XI on Wednesday night, Southampton were hit with a 2-0 defeat at home against Championship outfit Brentford on the South Coast. While they might hold an eye-catching record against Spurs at St. Mary’s we could be in for a scrappy encounter this weekend.

As for the visitors, while Tottenham might have just about managed to extend on their Europa League adventure on foreign soil, Jose Mourinho’s side only just avoided what would have been a famous upset in Bulgaria. Having to come from behind and grab a last-gasp winner against Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Spurs also opened the 2020/2021 campaign in their own worrying fashion. Putting in a sluggish display and getting with a 1-0 defeat against a new-look Everton in North London, Mourinho’s defensive approach really hasn’t gone down with many in the capital. Showing some continued issues while on the road last season and managing to win just a pair of their final 10 Premier League away fixtures, it should also be noted that Tottenham have managed to pick up just a single point over their last three trips to St. Mary’s.

Bet: Under 2.5 goals at Southampton vs Tottenham 20/21 for Sunday’s Premier League showdown @ 888sport


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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