ROBERTO Di Matteo delivered his old boss a reality check at White Hart Lane last time out, but Tottenham will be confident of bouncing back against Southampton in one of the other games on Sunday’s undercard.

It was a decent side that Andre Villas-Boas took to Slovenia to face NK Maribor last night, but Spurs should be able to shake of the

effects of the trip against their lowly opponents.

One huge plus for the Portuguese manager will be the return of Gareth Bale, who missed the Chelsea game and yesterday’s due to the birth of his daughter. For Bale it will be a first trip back to former club Southampton and he will not be lacking in motivation to continue his fine form.

If Southampton have any hope it is that the four points they have gathered this season were all claimed at home, and that they were taken in their last two games at St Mary’s, when they beat Aston Villa 4-1 then drew 2-2 with Fulham.

But there have been six defeats along the way, including 6-1 to Arsenal, 3-1 to Everton and 4-1 to West Ham in their last match.

Spurs haven’t blown anyone apart yet but they have won their last two road games, 3-1 at Reading and 3-2 at Manchester United and they sit fifth in the table. They have scored in every game and at least twice in each of their last five.

The visitors look a sound investment at 5/6 with Coral and this could be another 2-0 win, available at 10/1 with the same firm.

■ Pointers…

Tottenham at 5/6 with Coral
Tottenham to win 2-0 with Coral