Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton - Betting Tips and Predictions

Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur scores his hat-trick goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park

Harry Kane rounded off a sensational 2017 by scoring a record number of Premier League goals and hat-tricks in a calendar year, as well as toppling Lionel Messi as the top scorer in Europe as a rampant Tottenham thrashed Southampton 5-2.

The England global surpassed Alan Shearer's 22-year-old record with a simple header and tapped in a 38th league goal of 2017 before half-time.

One thing is for sure, it would take a fearless man to bet against the 24-year-old beating both of the Newcastle and England legend's records.

Harry Kane has defended team-mate Dele Alli, who quickly adopted the role of pantomime villain on Saturday, when Tottenham halted a five-game winless run on the road in the top flight.

The England international's record-breaking goal, his 37th, came in only his 36th top-flight appearance in 2017, giving him a better goal-per-game ratio than Shearer managed 22 years ago, when he scored 36 in 42 matches.

"We have seen him grow at the club after three and a half years".

So far this season Stephens is the top English player for recoveries (153), interceptions (32) and also has the highest tackle success rate (61.5%) - as well as being sixth for passing accuracy. "That's what I always have done throughout my career and it is what I will continue to do", Kane said. To get that goal early on and get that record was a great feeling and I could enjoy the rest of the game.

"But I am so pleased to finish the year in this way and looking forward to next year".

"I think he's one of the best because it's hard to say he's the best but today he showed to everyone that he's one of the best".

"For me, he's world class", Pochettino said. I feel really good. "It's enjoyable when you play like that and create space for each other". There's a great staff here and a great manager here who will keep pushing me, don't you worry about that! For me, it's not only because he's a massive, massive talent like a striker, it's how he is as a person, a professional. And then, of course, I'm very pleased with the three points for us, so important.

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