Preview and Prediction
The Saints and Spurs are some of the teams which began their campaign in dismaying result. This weekend these two hurtful ones will be meeting in St.Mary Stadium to boost their confidence with much more satisfactory result. Playing behind closed doors should neutralise the situation on the pitch as the visitors will have less pressure from the hosts’ fans. This is something which Jose Mourinho’s men need to take advantage for their first three points; the same way goes for Southampton’s boss. Once the failure remains and affect the whole team’s form, their job might be in danger.
The teams’ previous matches
Southampton suffered to a narrow 0-1 defeat while meeting Crystal Palace on the road. The only goal by Winfred Zaha was the vital one for the home side as well as the result. Danny Ings and Co had at least three shots on goal but denied by Palace’s gaolie, Vicente Guaita.
Meanwhile, Tottenham slumped to a humiliation at their home turf as they were beaten by Everton 0-1. Mourinho’s men dominated the game and had a few decent chances misses in the penalty box before their contender scored a winning goal through Dominic-Calvert Lewin. It was the first time for Mourinho to lose on the first match at home in his managerial career.
Ralph Hassenhutl might possibly employ 4-4-2 with 4-2-2-2 or 3-4-2-1. Danny Ings is still the main man upfront alongside Che Adams or Moussa Djenepo. In the midfield, James Ward-Prowse should be the anchor accompanied by the former La Masia graduate, Oriol Romeu, and two wingers, Nathan Redmond and Sofiane Boufal. On the injury table, Guido Carillo and San MacQueen are the only ones sidelined.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho who was bitterly upset with his team’s defeat last week is still in favour of 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3. The lack of finishing touch last week should force him to make few changes in the starting IX. Harry Kane and Son Heung Min are likely to be accompanied by Steven Bergwijn. Delle Alli who wasted one of the decent chances on the weekend could be sidelined on the bench and replaced by Moussa Sissoko who is much better in a defensive role in the midfield. Unfortunately, Spurs will miss Giovani Lo Celso and Japhet Tanganga due to their injury.
Players to watch
Their top scorer last season, Danny Ings shall carry on his wonderful form by scoring more goals this season. Some other notable key figures to watch are the Danish international Jannik Vestergaard, Nathan Redmond and the former Chelsea man Ryan Bertrand.
Harry Kane and the speedy Son Heung-Min are certainly the key men on scoring. Another notable man to watch is surely Pierre Hojberg who will be returning to his former club as the enemy.
Southampton vs Tottenham Prediction
Harry Kane and Co are expected to optimise every opportunity in the penalty box. The English captain and Son Heung-Min’s excellence in creating space could be crucial in a tight match. Thus, the presence of a scorer from the second line or another winger with more powerful and deadly pace such as Steven Bergwijn or the creative one as Erik Lamela would be necessary, should they hit the layered wall of defence again. If Spurs could do so, a win might be secured. Othewise, both could only muster a draw.
There is no clear favourite in this game. Hassenhutl’s men are priced to win at 3.10, whereas the visitor’s win market is at 2.30. The odds for the draw result are at 3.25.