The state of international domestic soccer is the talk of the sports world right now, but with Jose Mourinho recently axed as Spurs boss, the Tottenham-Southampton odds for Wednesday are what’s top of mind right now. The rise and fall of the “Super League” can wait for now, or at least until after Wednesday’s slate of EPL matches.
Rob Dauster is here to break down the Tottenham-Southampton odds for Wednesday, April 21 and examines the best bets worth a wager.
Wednesday EPL Picks & Predictions: Tottenham-Southampton odds
TOTTENHAM (14-8-10, 50pts) vs. SOUTHAMPTON (10-6-15, 36pts), 1 p.m ET
MONEYLINE: Spurs -105 ML, Saints +285 ML, Draw +265 ML
GOAL TOTAL: Over 2.5 (-136), Under 2.5 (-110)
Click here for the full list of Tottenham-Southampton odds.
They call it the new manager bounce.
When a coach has lost a locker room, when he can no longer get the most out of the football club that he is paid to manage, that’s when he gets the sack. And after watching Spurs play for the last month — well, the last four months, if I’m being honest — it’s quite clear that Jose Mourinho lost this locker room.
We don’t need to rehash the specifics, but dropping a “same manager, different players” in a press conference when asked about the struggles is not exactly going to win over too many of those players. Mourinho is not a people person. He’s a grating personality that has turned every club that he’s been associated with into a toxic culture, and that was no different with Spurs.
Their issue is not talent. Even if you assume that Harry Kane misses out on this game due to the ankle injury he suffered against Everton, this is still a squad that includes the likes of Heung Min-Son, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Sergio Reguilon, and whatever can be pulled from the likes of Dele Alli and Gareth Bale, who will assuredly be out of the doghouse now that Mourinho’s gone.
And I cannot imagine anything more freeing than being able to step onto a pitch without the shadow of a dictator hanging over your shoulder. It helps that the man that has been put in charge as the interim head coach is none other than Ryan Mason, a Spurs academy product that came through the youth ranks with Kane and played extensive minutes for the club in the early years of the Mauricio Pochettino era.
I fully expect to see a Spurs side with a brand new pep in their step on Wednesday, and it doesn’t hurt that they get Southampton, either. The Saints have lost three of their last four and ten of their last 13 matches in the league, dropping all the way to 14th in the table after clinging to a top-four spot around the same time that Spurs were sitting atop the league table. They’ve allowed at least two goes in their last four league matches, conceded five to Spurs the first time these two sides met, and allowed nine goals in a loss to Manchester United two months ago.
Should I mention that they were bounced out of the semifinals of the FA Cup on Sunday, effectively ending the relevant games portion of their season?
There’s never been a better get right spot than Wednesday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Prediction: Spurs 3, Saints 1