Tottenham v Southampton Betting Predictions | Backing Home Win 13/5 with BetfairPublished March 16, 2017
Harry Kane’s injury in Spurs’ 6-0 win over Millwall in the FA Cup last weekend has left genuine doubts over whether they can carry on in the same vein this season. The England man turned his ankle early in the game, and having scored 19 goals this Premier League betting season, his absence is understandably concerning.
But Kane suffered the same injury, but more serious, earlier in the campaign and missed two months. Spurs remained unbeaten at White Hart Lane through that spell and do to this day, so despite Southampton drawing at the Etihad Stadium and winning at the Emirates Stadium and Anfield in different competitions, it is tough to back them here.
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That is not to say they will not bring a threat. As mentioned in previous tips, Spurs look to Danny Rose and Kyle Walker to provide width in their attacks as they lack it higher up the pitch. Both often go forward in tandem, meaning there will be space on both flanks for Southampton’s pacey players, like Nathan Redmond, to run into. Victor Wanyama’s role is to patrol the area and work with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld to contain those counter attacks. But the biggest worry will not be the pace of those players, but rather the movement of Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini. He has been in fine form since his January arrival from Napoli, owed in no small part to his ability to get in between centre backs and fullbacks to get shots away at goal. In this department, more space is there against Spurs, particularly at home, so they will need to keep a tight watch on Gabbiadini.
As for who will replace Kane, there can only be one option. Heung-Min Son is known for his narrow, supporting runs when Kane plays, and he is more than happy running in behind, but he is very good at linkup play. While Kane is a complete forward, Spurs and in particular Dele Alli will miss his combination play. Son may not possess the finishing ability of Kane but he will help Alli have an impact on the game more than Vincent Janssen. Christian Eriksen will come in out wide and provide a creative spark.
Without Harry Kane, Spurs will lack a lot of what has made them so great this season. But they should still come out on top in what will be an entertaining game.