Spurs were a shade unfortunate to lose at Manchester City on Saturday in a game that – unsurprisingly – failed to match the Champions League goal-fest of last Wednesday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have Ajax to look forward to and a potential Champions League final ahead but first they need to take care of business – namely finishing in the top four.
They’ve made the perfect start to life in their new stadium and shot-shy Brighton aren’t likely to derail them. Chris Hughton’s side have now failed to score in five successive Premier League matches. Were it not for Cardiff’s plight, they would have massive relegation fears as they’ve gone into freefall.
Brighton did pick up a point on Saturday against a Wolves side already into ‘summer holiday mode’, though they rarely threatened a goal at Molineux. Spurs simply cannot afford the spectre of perhaps contesting a Champions League final knowing they will be missing from the competition next season if they are beaten.
Despite their loss against City, it was a decent weekend as Arsenal and Manchester United also lost. Three points here is a must for Pochettino and his troops and they are firm favourites at 20/57.
Spurs have scored at least two goals in five of their last six matches against Brighton in all competitions, while they’ve not lost at home to the Seagulls since 1981 – they should have too much for them here.
The Saints have taken 29 points from 21 matches under Ralph Hasenhuttl after picking up just seven in their first 13 games before the axe fell on Mark Hughes.
Their resurgent run appears to have done enough to preserve top-flight football at St Mary’s for another season, despite Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Newcastle. Only a poor sequence of results in their final games, coupled with a miraculous late Cardiff surge, can see Southampton in bother now.
Watford can be expected to have an eye starting to cast towards the FA Cup final against Manchester City next month, but they took three points home from Huddersfield on Saturday and Javi Gracia will want his players to maintain focus.
Watford are 5/4 favourites to win, but might have to settle for a share of the spoils against a visiting side for whom the need is greater. The previous two Vicarage Road meetings between these clubs have yielded 11 goals and there could be plenty more goalmouth action in an entertaining clash.
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