Saturday 28 September: 3pm KO

Tuesday night saw Tottenham knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester United. The defeat has increased the pressure on their manager Mauricio Pochettino after an inconsistent start to the new season. They return to Premier League action with this home game against Southampton, who beat Portsmouth 4-0 on Tuesday. It’s a game that Tottenham can’t afford to drop points in,

Latest Odds

Just months after losing in the final of the Champions League, Tottenham lost to League Two Colchester United in the Carabao Cup. It’s the latest mishap in a season where Spurs have rarely played at the level they reached last season.

After just six league games, Tottenham find themselves ten point behind league leaders Liverpool. By the time this game begins, it’s likely that they will be 13 adrift if Liverpool win the lunchtime fixture against Sheffield United. The odds on Spurs winning the Premier League are now 66/1 (67.0) if your wager is placed with Ladbrokes.

It’s been a season where Mauricio Pochettino just hasn’t looked happy. He’s only 8/1 (9.0) at SkyBet to be the next Premier League manager to leave his club. When he starts talking about his squad being “unsettled,” you really do wonder what is going on behind the scenes.

Tottenham have won two of their three home league games this season. Victories have been earned against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, but they lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle United. They are 4/9 (1.44) at BetVictor to beat Southampton on Saturday. With Bayern Munich visiting in midweek, Spurs need to get their act together and quick.

Southampton start the weekend in 13th place with seven points from their six league games. That’s six places below their opponents but there’s only a point between them. Midweek saw them put local rivals Portsmouth firmly in their place with a 4-0 away win in the Carabao Cup.

While Spurs are struggling on their travels, it’s the exact opposite for the visitors. The win over Portsmouth made it four league and cup away wins in a row, all without them conceding a goal. If you think they could win this game to nil, the odds are 14/1 (15.0) at Coral.

This will be a lot tougher of course but Tottenham failed to score at home against Newcastle United. That result doesn’t make it an impossible task for Southampton. Those away wins will have given them plenty of confidence and if there are problems at Spurs, they could take advantage. You can get odds of 7/1 (8.0) at Betfair on them winning this match. They will have to break a trend though as Southampton haven’t kept one clean sheet away to Tottenham in 28 games. If you want to try a different kind of betting, pay a trip to Betbull.

Head-to-Head

Tottenham have won four of their last six games against Southampton. The last Premier League match-up saw them lose 2-1 at St Mary’s. A bet on both teams scoring in this game could well be a winner. That stat has come up in each of the last seven games played between these two clubs. It’s 3/4 (1.75) at Paddy Power on both teams scoring in this game.

Team News

Tottenham rested some players for the midweek Carabao Cup tie. That includes Harry Kane and he’ll be back on Saturday. That could be bad news for the Saints as he’s scored in his last five games against Southampton. The odds on him scoring against them on Saturday are 4/6 (1.66) at Betfred.

Prediction

It’s worrying times for Tottenham as their Premier League title challenge is already looking over. Finishing in the top four, well third or fourth has to be their main aim. The odds on them doing that are Tottenham have won two of their three home league games this season. Players left out for the Colchester United game will make their return to strengthen the team. A Spurs win with both teams scoring has odds of 15/8 (2.87) if your bet is placed with William Hill.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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