Entering the New Year with yet another sluggish display outside of North London, Tottenham will make the trip to Championship outfit Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon with a spot in the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup up for grabs.
Watching relegation scrappers Southampton pick up what was a deserved 1-0 victory at St. Mary’s earlier in the week, the Premier League side have managed to win just one of their last four appearances and have once again seen their top-four deficit extended.
On the flip side, despite a worrying start to the new campaign, Middlesbrough have really started to click into gear at a crucial time and the Reds find themselves enjoying what has been an eye-catching resurge.
Snatching three points off of play-off contenders Preston on New Year’s Day, Jonathan Woodgate’s men find themselves enjoying a four-match winning run in England’s second-tier.
However, you might be interested to know that Spurs have won each of their last three meetings against Boro and a similar outcome can be found at 4/5 with Betfair.
Boro on the rise
While Middlesbrough may have found themselves firmly at the heart of a relegation scrap only a matter of months ago, few in the Championship would have expected their stellar resurge entering 2020.
With former England defender Jonathan Woodgate watching his side enjoy a four-match winning run, the Reds’ revival was epitomized by what was a remarkable 2-0 win away at the Hawthorns last week.
Handing promotion favourites West Brom their first defeat of the season, the new Boro boss finds the mood in his camp the highest it has been in recent memory.
Firmly dragging themselves away from the drop zone and starting to skyrocket up the Championship standings, one man who has continued to lead Boro’s recent revival has been leading marksman, Ashley Fletcher.
Now finding the net in back-to-back appearances against the Baggies and Preston, the former West Ham striker has bagged three goals in Boro’s four-match winning run and can be found priced at 11/4 with Bet365 to extend on that tally this weekend.
Mourinho’s growing headache
Putting in yet another sluggish display and watching Southampton pick up a 1-0 win on New Year’s Day, new Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho finds himself quickly out of the honeymoon period.
With their top-four deficit once again pegged back to six points, the former Chelsea boss has seen his side collect just four points out of a possible 12 during the festive period and the mood in their camp appears to remain fragile.
A huge part of Tottenham’s recent issues, much like the end of their tenure under Mauricio Pochettino, has come down to some rather glaring struggles at the back.
Managing to record just a single clean sheet in any of Mourinho’s opening 11 matchups, you might be interested to know that Spurs can be found at 1/2 with Coral to have their defence breached this weekend.
Sadly for ‘The Special One’, Mourinho would have also been devastated to have seen attacking MVP Harry Kane have to limp off at St. Mary’s with what appeared to be a serious hamstring injury.
The England skipper is set to have a scan this week amidst fears he could be sidelined for at least a couple of months.