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- Tottenham have won three of their last four home league games.
- Southampton have lost seven of their last eight Premier League away matches.
- Spurs have won each of their last two meetings with Southampton
- Southampton have failed to score in four of their last seven away fixtures.
Troubled Tottenham need a result
Tottenham Hotspur enter a new era this week following the sacking of much-maligned manager Jose Mourinho, and Spurs will hope to mark their change in direction with a win over Southampton on Wednesday.
Despite their poor results and equally poor performances under Mourinho, Spurs are still firmly in the Champions League qualification conversation and a victory this week would launch them to within two points of West Ham in fourth spot.
Tottenham need their talismanic skipper Harry Kane fit and firing if they are to end their campaign on a high however, and their leading scorer could be missing this week having picked up another ankle injury.
Saints’ semi-final sorrow
Southampton’s dreams of making the FA Cup final for the first time since 2003 were shattered on Sunday when they slumped to a 1-0 semi-final reverse against Leicester at Wembley Stadium.
The Saints never really got going against the Foxes in a game of few chances and little quality, while the effects of physical and emotional fatigue following their cup heartache could scupper their chances of bouncing back with a positive result on Wednesday.
Tottenham worth backing
With Southampton likely drained after their fruitless exploits at Wembley, bettors are advised to back Tottenham to win at close to evens on Wednesday evening.
Spurs have won three of their last four Premier League assignments on their own patch, while Southampton have lost a dismal seven of their last eight top-flight tests on the road, with their only victory during that period secured at bottom club Sheffield United.
A rejuvenated Tottenham, freed of Mourinho’s tactical drudgery, should have enough quality to claim three points against what will likely be a jaded Saint outfit, though any margin of victory could be slim
Harry Kane has scored five of Tottenham’s last seven league goals, and shorn of their prolific line-leader, Spurs look far lighter in attack. With that considered, a 1-0 home win is forecast for our correct score prediction.
Tottenham Hotspur injuries and team news
Ben Davies is ruled out for Spurs while there are major doubts about the availability of Matt Doherty and Harry Kane.
Caretaker Spurs boss Ryan Mason will select his first Spurs XI, so a change of system could be in the offing on Wednesday.
Southampton injures and team news
Michael Obafemi, Oriol Romeu and William Smallbone are all out for Southampton, though Takumi Minamino is back in contention having been cup tied last weekend.
Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings could be paired up front again after they performed well in tandem against Burnley last week.