In an all-Premier League FA Cup showdown this weekend, a high-flying Southampton will welcome Tottenham to St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon with a spot in the fifth round up for grabs.
While Spurs may have left it late to snatch what was a hard-fought 2-1 victory over relegation scrappers Norwich in North London on Wednesday night, that was just Jose Mourinho’s first top-flight victory since opening the New Year.
On the flip side, while Tottenham might be continuing to show some worrying inconsistencies, Southampton have continued on what has been nothing short of a stellar resurge.
Picking up a deserved 2-0 win away at Crystal Palace in midweek, Saturday’s hosts have found a way to climb into the top-half after flirting with the bottom-three just a couple of months ago.
Also shocking many across the Premier League by picking up a 1-0 win over Spurs when they welcomed them to the South Coast on New Year’s Day, you might be interested to know that the Saints can be found at 15/8 with Coral to come out on top this weekend.
The free-scoring Saints
While many around St. Mary’s would have been concerned to have seen Southampton throw away a two-goal lead and watch Wolves snatch three points last weekend, the Saints bounced back in some style.
With Head Coach Ralph Hasenhüttllabelling their 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park as one of their best performances of the season, Saturday’s hosts have now won four of their last five matches across all formats.
Even more impressive, tasting defeat just once since the middle of December, there is no doubt that the former RB Leipzig boss will be most impressed by his side’s form in the final third.
Led by leading marksman Danny Ings who sits third in the Premier League Golden Boot race, the Saints have bagged at least a pair of strikes in each of their last four matches on the bounce.
You might be interested to know that Southampton can be found priced at 5/4 with Ladbrokes to once again bag over 1.5 goals this season.
Tottenham pick up a crucial win
Although Tottenham may have managed to snatch a dramatic late winner against rock-bottom Norwich on Wednesday and collected their first top-flight victory in 2020, Jose Mourinho’s men have struggled to find their best form.
Once again sat six points adrift of the top-four, last year’s European finalists have managed to win just one of their last five matches against Premier League opposition.
A huge part of Tottenham’s continued rut has been down to some glaring issues on the road.
Remarkably, the former Manchester United boss has seen his new squad win just a pair of their last 18 top-flight matches on their travels, a run that stems back to January 2019.
While Mourinho would have been glad to see both Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli make a return to scoring ways in midweek, Spurs have shown some glaring attacking issues with Harry Kane ruled out until April with a hamstring injury.
Along with failing to find the net at St. Mary’s on New Year’s Day, Saturday’s guests have failed to find the net in back-to-back matches outside of North London and can be found priced as high as 3/1 with Paddy Power to draw another blank this weekend.