In the English Premier League, one of the ambitious goals is to get into the top four. Manchester City’s lead is now pretty clear, with Liverpool and Chelsea having a gap, and the other contenders are left to fight for the only vacant fourth place. Tottenham will also be in contention for that spot when they take on Southampton at home on Wednesday. Will the Spurs be able to pick up another three points? The journalists of our website have prepared a forecast for the important match on February 9, 2022. Full statistics and all odds for the match can be found at how to use 1xbet bonus.
Tottenham need to improve to avoid dropping out of the ranks
Spurs, in order to save the season, and not to end the football year once again without winning a pass to the Champions League, have once again changed the mentor in the autumn. Antonio Conte, of course, is rated higher than Nuno Espírito Santo, but the Italian has a different level of demands than the Portuguese. Levy, hiring the specialist, was generous with his promises, but was in no hurry to fulfil them after the New Year. It was only after Chelsea’s defeat, the first in the Premier League under the new mentor, that the Juventus pairing of Kulusevski and Betancourt was brought in after all. And then there was the parallel offloading of the payroll: loaning out Lo Celso, Ndombela, Heale, and letting Alli go to Everton. The renewed team beat Brighton 3-1 with a Kane double.
Southampton are in no particular hurry to “make noise” just yet
The Saints have long been regarded as sturdy mid-table sides in English football. But it was all based on two main factors. Firstly, they knew how to grow their talent here, or find undervalued ones in non-top championships. Secondly, Ralf Hasenhüttl has been working for a year now, and the Austrian coach has been getting good results, given his real capabilities. But now the project has a new owner – the money of the Serbian millionaire, Sholak, is being actively talked about. But so far he has not shaken the transfer market with any ambitious acquisitions. And it is not punishable: there is no point in spending especially now. “With 25 points after 22 games, Soton are already well-positioned among the mid-table sides. There is no danger of relegation, let alone European competition. You can fight it out in the cup, with Coventry at home in extra time at the weekend as part of that tournament.
Tottenham have not lost 5 meetings in a row. But after 3 straight wins in late December, already under Conte, Spurs were restricted to just 1-1 with the Saints.
Southampton are very good, and capable of causing problems – but they are completely unmotivated, unlike the hosts. Bet on Tottenham to win (odds – 1.666).