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Jose Mourinho has been sacked just six days before the League Cup final, coming off the back of the announcement that Spurs will form part of a new Super League, though the two may well not be related as their form under the Portuguese coach has warranted criticism.
They’ve now won just five of their past 14 league games, losing seven of these, while in addition they’ve crashed out in Europe unexpectedly to Dinamo Zagreb.
Across all competitions, they’ve shipped at least two goals in five of their past six appearances, as only an Aston Villa side missing talisman Jack Grealish failed to net past them.
With apparent disgruntlement amongst the squad under Mourinho, the host’s fans will hope for a reaction here.
However, caretaker Ryan Mason lacks any managerial experience at this level, while he’ll surely omit Harry Kane from his plans with the striker limping off at the end against Everton last time out.
The England captain underlined his importance to his club side with both goals in that 2-2 stalemate, and the focus must surely be getting the 27-year-old fit for the League Cup final.
Still, they’ll struggle without him, as Spurs have won just three of 11 league games that Kane has failed to start since the start of last season, as they’ve scored 38% fewer goals in his absence.
Southampton appear to have little left to play for as they’re nine points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham with two games in hand, while they lost their FA Cup semi-final to Leicester this weekend.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are a poor W4-D1-L11 in all competitions since late January, with the victories picked up over Wolves, Sheffield Utd, Bournemouth and Burnley, so it’s difficult to see them making waves here.
Both Teams To Score
In particular, Southampton’s away form has been alarming. They’ve taken maximum points just once across their past 10 league trips, losing seven of the last eight as they conceded at least three goals against each of Man Utd, Newcastle, Leeds, Man City and West Brom.
Moreover, they’ve failed to score in six of their past nine away league games, though should have opportunities against Spurs’ porous backline.
Indeed, 11 of 12 head to heads between the two sides since the start of 2016 have seen both sides register on the scoreboard, with the two most recent encounters sharing 12 goals overall. Kane may be absent, but the likes of Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela are all capable of adding goals, while with Mourinho gone, it’s possible that either Gareth Bale or Dele Alli will be handed a chance to impress.
Neither defence has convinced so far this term, and both teams to score looks a steady bet