Premier League Props: Goalscorer markets offer value as Tottenham visit Southampton
Tottenham LOVES playing against Southampton. Spurs put six goals past Saints in the EPL in their two meetings last year, and they hit five against them in their first meeting this season on Boxing Day.
Now the pair meet again at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium, with Spurs in excellent form and Saints enduring a terrible run of results.
Spurs sit just outside the Champions League qualification places, three points behind both Chelsea and Liverpool, with comparable goal difference (25, compared to Chelsea’s 25 and Liverpool’s 26). They’ve lost just one of their last nine (to Manchester City), winning six EPL games and scoring at least two goals in each win.
Southampton, by contrast, is in freefall. They sit just one point above the relegation zone and haven’t won an EPL game in their last 10 matches.
And on Sunday Mauricio Pochettino will take his Tottenham side to his former club looking to keep that form rolling, and he’ll do it with a star striker who simply LOVES playing against Southampton.
Kane to bring the pain
The game seems tailor-made for Tottenham’s free-scoring striker Harry Kane, and he has the sort of record against Southampton that has us running towards the player props ahead of Sunday’s game.
Kane hit a hat-trick against Southampton in Tottenham’s 5-2 win on Boxing Day, and the England striker also scored in each of Tottenham’s last two visits to St Mary’s.
Kane is in superb goalscoring form, too. He’s scored 10 goals in his last six games in all competitions, including a brace in each of the last two games.
Given his form, and his tendency to find the back of the net against Southampton, taking him to do the same again on Sunday offers a fun value prop.
Alli’s worth a look, too
Kane isn’t the only Spurs player who seems to regularly find the net against Southampton. Midfielder Dele Alli has scored in each of his last four games against Southampton, netting five times in those four games.
He’s +150 to score at any time during the match.
KEY PROPS: HARRY KANE TO SCORE TWO OR MORE @ +320 / DELE ALLI TO SCORE AT ANY TIME @ +150 (WILLIAM HILL)
Swansea vs Liverpool (Monday)
Monday night’s EPL game at the Liberty Stadium sees bottom-of-the-table side Swansea entertain a red-hot Liverpool team who are in the best form of their season.
Liverpool has won five in a row in all competitions, hasn’t lost since Oct. 22 and are riding a remarkable 18-game unbeaten streak that includes games in the UEFA Champions League.
Swansea has scored more than one goal in an EPL game just once in its last 16 games, and it likely needs at least two if it wants to stand any chance of beating Liverpool, which has scored 20 goals in its last six EPL games.
There should be goals, most of them should come from Liverpool and it should end up in a comfortable win for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
KEY PROP: LIVERPOOL WIN AND OVER 2.5 GOALS @ -125 (WILLIAM HILL)