- Tottenham Hotspur will play their first game under new manager Ryan Mason after firing Jose Mourinho on Monday
- Spurs still trying to climb into top four, while Southampton needs points to pull away from bottom three
- Read on for a full preview, odds, and the best bet for Wednesday’s Premier League match
Hard to believe that both these clubs both sat atop the English Premier League at one point or other this season. But things have changed massively for both since those heady days. Tottenham has fallen from contention, and all the way out of the top-four placings entirely. Such was the calamity of Spurs’ freefall that team ownership took the plunge on Monday, firing manager Jose Mourinho.
Southampton’s plunge has been even more dramatic, going from top all the way down to its current position of 14th, just nine points clear of the final relegation place. Both squads have been struggling of late, too, with just three league wins combined from their last ten games, so Wednesday’s game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium gives one or the other the chance to gain some much-needed momentum heading into the season’s final weeks.
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|Ov 2.5 (-136)
Un 2.5 (+110)
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Moving Past Mourinho
Already onto his third Premier League club, Mourinho’s stay at Tottenham lasted just 17 months, and unlike his two spells at Chelsea and his time at Manchester United, it ended trophyless.
For almost two decades Jose Mourinho had won trophies at every club he managed.
But six days before Spurs play the League Cup final, he exits without a trophy at Tottenham. pic.twitter.com/jn4f4e1buP
— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 19, 2021
The dismissal is likely to have hit the Portuguese hard, as Spurs also meet Manchester City on Sunday in the League Cup final for a chance to end their 13-year silverware drought.
As a result, 29-year-old Ryan Mason has been named interim coach until the end of the season.
29 – Ryan Mason will be the first manager under 30 years of age to take charge of a Premier League game, while he'll also be Tottenham's youngest ever manager in their league history. Gloss. https://t.co/WkgBVEKxrP
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 20, 2021
The former Spurs and Hull City player has been coaching in the team’s youth setup for the past three years, but Wednesday’s game will be his first time taking charge of a senior team.
Kane Unable to Play
With a Wembley final looming, Mason will be looking at keeping his players fresh for that showpiece event. One player who will not feature on Wednesday is club captain, talisman and leading scorer Harry Kane, who injured his ankle in last Friday’s 2-2 draw at Everton and will be out for a few weeks.
Adding another two to his total 🔥
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 16, 2021
However, the arrival of a new man in charge could give a new lease of life to players such as Dele Alli, who seemed to be permanently in Mourinho’s doghouse, and some other fringe squad members who might get a look in here.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton Stats
|14-10-8||2020-21 Premier League Record (W-L-D)||10-15-6|
Saints Looking for Safety
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton looked to be a team on the rise at the start of the season, but its fall from grace was firmly compounded when it lost 9-0 at Old Trafford back in early February. It rebounded to reach the FA Cup semifinals, but a loss to Leicester City at Wembley last weekend brought an end to that dream as well.
So it’s hard to predict what kind of mood the Southampton players will be in on Wednesday. The team still needs a few more points to guarantee Premier League soccer for another season, and on top of that, as one of the 14 English teams that don’t deem themselves superior to the rest of the Premier League clubs, there may be added animosity playing out against a so-called member of the Super League elite.
💬 "There cannot be any other opinion about it. It's a big threat, what I see coming up, is war, if you want, from the big clubs."
— Saints Live (@Saints_FCLive) April 19, 2021
However, the team is also in freefall, losing 11 of its last 14 Premier League games, and picking up just 10 points from its last 15 games – the worst Premier League record since the start of 2021. Tottenham registered a 5-2 win at Southampton back in September and has won eight of its last nine home games against the Saints – Southampton hasn’t won in London against the Lilywhites since 2016.
Davo at the double! 🤩
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) April 20, 2021
Hasenhuttl to Ring Changes
Liverpool loanee Takumi Minamino will be back in the squad after being ineligible for the FA Cup, and he could make the starting lineup here, with Che Adams also possibly favored over Nathan Redmond in attack. The Austrian manager might also be tempted to make a change in goal, with Alex McCarthy possibly starting in place of Fraser Forster after the latter conceded three against West Bromwich Albion in the team’s most recent EPL game.
Pick: Draw (+280)
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