5' Oriol Romeu5'39' C. Adams39'44' R. Bertrand44'45' T. Ndombèlé45'68' J. Stephens68'80' M. Doherty80'90' G. Lo Celso90'32' D. Ings32'45' Son Heung-Min45'47' Son Heung-Min47'64' Son Heung-Min64'73' Son Heung-Min73'82' H. Kane82'89' D. Ings89'
Two teams who have endured tough starts to their campaigns go head to head this weekend with Southampton hosting Tottenham at St. Mary’s.
A loss to Everton in the opening round of the Premier League, followed by a mere 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League qualifiers, is certainly not the start that Jose Mourinho’s Spurs will have envisaged.
However, the London outfit will have a chance to improve their situation when they take on an out-of-form Saints side. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men that started the season with a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace before exiting the cup at the hands of Championship outfit Brentford.
Spurs are the favourites this weekend according to the bookies with Mourinho’s men priced at 13/10. Southampton, meanwhile, are currently available at 21/10.
This fixture has produced some very close encounters over the last few years and there’s little to suggest why this shouldn’t be the case this time too.
Tottenham to win by a margin of one goal is currently well priced with PaddyPower at 16/5. Spurs have won two of their last four games with Southampton and both of them have seen this bet land.
Another bet which certainly offers good value comes form the correct score market. Tottenham are priced at 8/1 by Betfair to win Sunday’s game 2-1.
This is a very close match-up. In 10,000 simulations Tottenham Hotspur won 36.0%, Southampton won 34.0% and there was a 30.0% chance of a draw. Overall, the average simulation score is Tottenham Hotspur 1.2 to Southampton 1.1. In simulation wins, Tottenham Hotspur averages 9.8 shots and 4.1 shots on goal. They average 2.0 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.5 in simulation losses. When Southampton wins they average 12.1 shots and 5.3 shots on goal. They average 2.0 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.4 in simulation losses.
Sensational Son sends messages as Spurs stun Southampton at St Mary’s
Son Heung-min showed that he has no intention of losing his shirt to Gareth Bale after firing four goals in Tottenham’s 5-2 win at Southampton.
Bale completed his return to Spurs on Saturday, but he will not be dislodging the South Korean on this evidence after a match-winning display at St Mary’s.
Harry Kane assisted all four goals and then added one of his own at the end and the prospect of adding Bale to that front line will have Spurs fans licking their lips and leave Premier League defences with sleepless nights.
Spurs fell behind to a Danny Ings goal that showed exactly why Spurs are interested in signing the striker, but then it became the Son show, with Kane as his able understudy.
He equalised on the stroke of half-time and then scored three after the break – to claim his first Premier League hat-trick – before Kane got his deserved goal in the final 10 minutes.
The win kick-started their Premier League campaign after a defeat to Everton last week and was the perfect follow-up to the excitement brought by Bale’s return.
Southampton completely capitulated after the break having been by far the better side in the first half and they have now lost all three of their games this season.
Spurs thought they had made the perfect start as Kane but the ball in the back of the net in clinical style in the third minute, but VAR ruled Son offside in the build-up.
Hugo Lloris made a brilliant reaction stop to keep out Che Adams, before Ings then had a goal chalked off for handball after Lloris had made a mess of clearing a ball.
Ings then had an effort cleared off the line and Moussa Djenepo hit the post with a shot from distance.
Southampton eventually got their reward in the 32nd minute and there was an inevitability about Ings being the man to get the goal.
Former Spurs right-back Kyle Walker-Peters played him in and Ings showed why Spurs are keen to bring him to the club by firing a low shot past Lloris.
It had been so poor from Spurs, but some individual brilliance saw them somehow go in level at half-time.
A fine piece of play by Tanguy Ndombele saw him create space in the middle of the park; he released Kane who squared to Son to finish brilliantly at the far post.
That proved a crucial moment in the game as Spurs went in front in the 47th minute as Kane dropped deep, was allowed to turn and played in Son who made no mistake.
The hat-trick goal in the 64th minute was a virtual carbon copy as Son beat the offside trap, Kane found him with a cute ball and it was the same result as the South Korean claimed the Premier League matchball for the first time in his career.
It happened again nine minutes later, almost in identical circumstances, as Kane’s curled cross found Son and another one-on-one was converted.
Kane deservedly got on the scoresheet in the final 10 minutes as he rammed home a loose ball after Erik Lamela’s shot was turned on to the post.
Ings got his second at the death with a penalty after Matt Doherty had handled, but it did not make any difference as Spurs won it in style.