After having to settle for a single point away at Carrow Road over the weekend, Tottenham will look to start the new decade with what could be a crucial three points when they make the trip to St. Mary’s on New Year’s Day.
Missing out on yet another golden opportunity to close the buffer on the top-four in East Anglia, Spurs have now seen Manchester United leapfrog them to fifth spot and new boss Jose Mourinho is enduring his most testing period in North London.
On the flip side, Wednesday’s guests are not the only side who had to settle for an even share of the points over the weekend.
Battling from behind to pick up a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace at St. Mary’s on Saturday, Southampton find themselves in the midst of a three-match Premier League unbeaten run and simply have their sights set on extending their buffer over the drop zone.
However, with the Saints suffering a 2-1 defeat when they last faced off against Tottenham back in September, you might be interested to know that Spurs can be found at 11/10 with Bet365 to make a return to winning ways on Wednesday.
Danny Ings saves the day
Although Southampton may have been slow out of the blocks against Palace over the weekend, Head Coach Ralph Hasenhuttl was quick to praise his side’s new-found resolve and is starting to believe the Saints have finally turned a corner.
Opening the New Year in 15th and now holding a four-point buffer over the drop zone, Wednesday’s hosts have lost just two of their last eight Premier League games (W4 D2 L2), after losing six of the seven before that.
Now priced as low as 1/8 with Coral to extend their top-flight status come May, it is no surprise that leading marksman Danny Ings has played a crucial part in Southampton’s safety charge.
Bagging the equalizer on the South Coast over the weekend, the one-time Liverpool striker is enjoying what has been a stellar purple patch.
Ings has netted 50% of his team’s Premier League goals this season (12/14), the highest proportion of any player in the top-tier this season.
Southampton’s attacking talisman is pencilled in at 6/5 with 888Sport to extend on his tally on New Year’s Day.
Mourinho’s defensive headache
After having to settle for just a single point in what turned out to be a dramatic 2-2 draw away at rock-bottom Norwich over the weekend, new Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is firmly out of the honeymoon period.
Winning just one of their last three Premier League matchups, a run that also saw Chelsea snatch a deserved 2-0 victory last week, the Lilywhites have once again seen their top-four ambitions take another dent.
While Harry Kane may have converted from the spot in East Anglia, ‘The Special One’ will be having a growing headache regarding Tottenham’s continued issues at the back.
Watching Norwich grab a brace on Saturday, Spurs have recorded just a single clean sheet since Mourinho took charge in North London and they have now shipped at least a pair of goals in seven of their previous 10 contests.
You might be interested to know that Wednesday’s guests are priced at 11/8 with William Hill to once again ship over 1.5 goals in midweek.