Tottenham vs Leicester – Match Preview
The race for the European places is certainly heating up and as we reach the penultimate fixture round of the Premier League season, Sunday afternoon could end up being a pivotal moment for the winners and losers.
While when it comes to winners, Tottenham have certainly been in the box seat as of late and although the football has been far from pretty, it is very hard to argue with the collection of 10 points from the last 12 on offer.
The upturn of form since the disastrous defeat to Sheffield United, has certainly given Jose Mourinho’s men a shot in the arm and one that suddenly, has presented the North London outfit with a place in next season’s Europa League.
Which is a competition, that Leicester will be guaranteed of playing in at the start of the following campaign, although with their current league standing and raised aspirations, they will be aiming for just a little more.
Aims that come in the shape of a return to Champions League’s football and although before the Premier League’s enforced hiatus, a return looked an almost dead cert for the Foxes, now there is an element of uncertainty.
With that said, a top four finish and a berth in Europe’s premier club competition is still in their own hands and manager Brendan Rodgers, will know that a brace of wins in the final two rounds of the season, will subsequently get his team over the line.
However, that feat is easy said than done, especially when you consider the fact that both Tottenham and Manchester United provide their upcoming opposition and there is also an issue regarding the availability of key personnel.
Going into Sunday’s clash, Rodgers will have to make do without the trio of Caglar Soyuncu, Ben Chilwell and James Maddison and this collection of key absentees, may just tip the balance in Tottenham’s favour.
A balance that has rarely gone their way in recent times and there is a sense that Leicester are something of a bogey team, as Spurs have repeatedly failed to get the better of the 2016 Premier League champions.
The last time these two sides met, it was Leicester who came out on top at the King Power Stadium, in a game that was mired in controversy, as the visitors had a goal ruled out by VAR by the narrowest of margins and the hosts won by two goals to one.
Still the technological rules are the rules and Tottenham will hope that their form of four games unbeaten, supersedes Leicester’s slightly patchy run of inconsistency – a run that has seen them win just twice in their last six league outings.
Tottenham have only been the outsiders twice since the restart, in both games they managed to avoid defeat (home draw with Manchester United and a home win against Arsenal) and they are usually good value for their tag as favourites, a tag that they will carry going into Sunday’s meeting.
Which means their monyline odds of +130 and the brand of ‘Mourinhoball’ might just serve to put a bit more money in your account by the weekend. However, if it does, it comes with the caution of not necessarily an entertaining watch. You have been warned.