Southampton's World Cup chasing England stars make the trip up to White Hart Lane to face Tim Sherwood's Tottenham side and we have free football betting tips.
In his press conference before the Europa League second leg match at Benfica Tim Sherwood claimed that he was already thinking about next season. If Sherwood is going to have any chance at putting those plans into action then he is going to need to reverse his side's recent poor form.
Tottenham have lost three straight games in row. In their last league victory was a laboured one nil win over struggling Cardiff. In a last ditch bid to turn their league form around Sherwood has rested almost his entire first team side leaving them out of the Thursday night trip to Portugal. This at least means that the side playing on Sunday will have fresh legs. The likes of Dawson, Chiriches, Kaboul, Walker are all still likely to unavailable for selection against the Saint's however.
Southampton meanwhile have bounced back from defeats against West Ham and Liverpool by winning their last two matches. On top of this individual Southampton players have a lot to play for. In a World Cup year Lambert, Rodriguez, Shaw and Lallana are all eager to win a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad and will be desperate to bolster their case with a win over Tottenham.
Despite all this Spurs are still favourites to go through with a home victory coming in at evens with betvictor. Whilst a draw is 12/5 and a Southampton win is an eye-catching 3/1 at the same provider.
A Southampton win is the stand out bet here. Spurs have been playing awful lately. Tim Sherwood's one ace in the hole has been Adebayor's outstanding form but this seems to have run out. On top of this the injuries to the Spurs defence could be key.
Southampton press high up in the final third and look to get at the opposition's back line. Given Tottenham's injuries it is likely that Sandro will have to play out of position at centre half whilst the absence of Walker means Naughton will have to start again. I would expect Shaw and Rodriguez to give him a tough time.
The Saint's should win but given that they conceded two against Norwich last week I can't see them keeping a cleansheet. Southampton to will with both teams to score is 11/2 at bet365.
Lastly given Spur's defensive weaknesses and Sherwood's tactical naivety I fancy Southampton to goals here. The scoreline of 3-1 stands out for me and is 28/1 at skybet.
Tottenham v Southampton Betting Tips
Southampton to win – Bet Here at 5/2 with William Hill
Southampton to win and both teams to score – Bet Here at 11/2 with Bet365
Southampton to win 3-1 – Bet Here at 33/1 with Coral
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