Premier League Match Preview and Betting Odds: Southampton vs Tottenham

Tottenham now sit fifth in the Premier League standings, four points behind Arsenal and only ahead of sixth-placed Manchester United on goal difference.

And Pochettino was delighted with his Spurs side, telling Sky Sports: "I think it was a hard game from the start".

Tottenham's Dele Alli (left), who scored his side's first and last goals, is fouled by Nathan Redmond and wins a penalty, which was missed by Harry Kane. Alderweireld had looked primed to complete a permanent transfer to Southampton only for Pochettino to hijack the deal as Tottenham paid what has come to feel like a bargain £11.4m for the central defender.

The Stars captain has gone on to start every game for the Spurs and scoring twice for his new club.

Heung-Min Son coming off the substitute bench made it 3-1 in the 85th minute, calmly firing home a Christen Eriksen through-ball, before Alli - the man who started the comeback - produced an equally-smart finish for number four.

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DF Danny Rose, 8 - Rose continued his fine run of form, getting forward to good effect and creating a couple chances for Eriksen before setting up the final goal as he attacked through the middle before freeing Alli.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino returns to former club Southampton on Wednesday with a feeling of gratitude, but also hopes that his side's return to form on the road. Alli then added his second and Spurs' fourth when he curled the ball past Fraser Forster to cap a satisfying end to Tottenham's 2016.

Alli netted his second and Spurs' fourth goal moments later as the England worldwide placed the ball into bottom corner after being played in by Danny Rose, 4-1.

Mauricio Pochettino was equally unconcerned by the spot-kick and defended his striker, but admitted he was thankful it didn't have an effect on the result. "Only maybe the first 10 or 15 minutes is a disappointment".

Ben is ESPN FC's Tottenham blogger.


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