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Back Soldado to lead a Spurs revival at Southampton

| 21.12.2013

Neither side comes into this match in good enough form to rely on them to win but they do score goals; back both teams to score at 10/11.

Despite only taking two points, the Saints have scored in their last four games and also in 14 of their 16 Premier League matches this season.

Rickie Lambert (4), Adam Lallana (3) and Jay Rodriguez (6) have all been recognised by Roy Hodgson for their exploits this season but there is little doubt that Southampton’s good start has stuttered somewhat.

They may have taken four points from their two home games against top-half opposition this season but they have failed to win in their last five games in the Premier League.

Bet on both teams to score at 10/11

That’s not to say they are playing badly mind you, as draws against goal-crazy Man City and in-form Newcastle followed a defeat against Aston Villa that really shouldn’t have been.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side dominated that game but were caught napping on the break – mainly by the lightning-quick Gabriel Agbonlahor.

That could easily happen against Spurs, as the visitors have plenty of pace in their side.

Players like Aaron Lennon, Moussa Dembele and Nacer Chadli are more suited to counter-attacking football rather than trying to break down teams at White Hart Lane.

That’s reflected in their away record this season – only North London rivals Arsenal have taken more points on the road – and they look capable of getting something out of the game.

Bet on Spurs draw no bet at Evens

Admittedly they haven’t been full of goals on the road, however they have scored in all of their away matches bar visits to Arsenal and Man City.

There’s no disgrace there and the 10/11 about both teams scoring is worth an interest.

As it’s hard to trust either team to take all three points, the temptation is to side with the draw which is priced at 9/4.

However Spurs have only drawn three games all season and the stats don’t give enough substance to the bet – a more lucrative option might be to back the away side in the draw no bet market at Evens.

Bet on Roberto Soldado to score first at 13/2

Interim manager Tim Sherwood played Jermain Defoe and Emanuel Adebayor against West Ham in the Carling Cup midweek.

However Roberto Soldado has nine goals for the Lilywhites in all competitions this season and he is the most obvious anytime goalscorer bet for the visitors at 15/8.

Spurs have scored first in all three of their away games against top-half opposition and there’s no harm in getting greedy; the Spaniard is 13/2 to score the first goal of the game.

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Both teams to score at 10/11

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Nic Doggett