Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City predictions for Sunday’s Premier League contest in North London.

Spurs targeting 6th place finish
Jose Mourinho can do his old employers Manchester United a huge favour on Sunday if the Spurs manager can mastermind a victory over top four hopefuls Leicester City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

With a possible top six finish still open to them, Spurs have incentives of their own to win however, and after a promising run of three wins from their last four top flight outings, Tottenham should be armed with momentum and confidence ahead of the Foxes’ visit.

Hot on the heels of their North London derby triumph over Arsenal last weekend, Tottenham put three more Premier League points in the board in mid-week at Newcastle United’s expense, making the most of just eight attempts on goal to plunder three goals in a 3-1 win at St. James’ Park.

Spurs did however, concede a whopping 22 shots at the wrong end against a Newcastle outfit not known for their expansive attacking play, and Tottenham will need to tighten up considerably at the back to have a chance of beating a much stronger Leicester team on Sunday.

Leicester keep top four hopes alive
In what had been billed as another potential banana skin, Leicester City produced their best performance since the restart on Thursday evening when they beat a robust Sheffield United team 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Even without the creative influence of James Maddison and the solidity offered by Ben Chillwell, City excelled against the Blades with 19-year-old debutant Luke Thomas shining brightly at left back in Chillwell’s absence.

Leicester’s win keeps them ahead of 5th place Man Utd on goal difference only heading into the campaign’s final fixtures, though the Foxes’ triumph over Sheffield United means that the battle to secure a top four finish will go the final day, no matter the result at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

Goals at both ends anticipated
While Tottenham would have been enthused by their mid-week victory over Newcastle, the 3-1 final result and performance also reaffirmed the defensive issues that still plague Spurs’ displays under Jose Mourinho.

Tottenham have kept just six clean sheets in 24 Premier League matches since the Portuguese coach’s appointment in November last year, and Spurs were fortunate just to concede the once at St. James Park’ after the Magpies hit the woodwork and spurned a number of good opportunities.

But while their ropiness and the back persists, the heavy dusting of quality Spurs possess further up the pitch has allowed them to score in all but one of their last 13 Premier League assignments.

That mix of substandard defending and clinical finishing has saw both teams score in nine of those 13 fixtures – and we think the both teams to score market holds plenty of value for Spurs’ meeting with Leicester on Sunday.

Goals at both ends in games between Spurs and Leicester have been regular occurrences in recent seasons, with both teams finding final third success in six of their last seven encounters, and we’re tipping their latest tussle to follow suit.

The Foxes’ rearguard had been one of the Premier League’s most impressive defensive units in the early parts of the season, though their regression at the back, particularly on the road has been stark, and Brendan Rodgers has seen his team keep just two clean sheets in 11 away games since early December.

Leicester, who notched themselves in nine of those games, hit exactly one goal in their most recent four tests as the visiting team, sharing the spoils in 1-1 draws in a further two of those games.

Against a Spurs side whose results have sometimes outshone the performances behind them, we think Leicester can gather another point on their travels, and the pattern of their attacking output suggests our 1-1 correct score prediction is a likely outcome.

Key Battle: Harry Kane vs Jonny Evans
With a whopping eight goals against them since 2017, Harry Kane had certainly enjoyed himself against Leicester City over the past three years, and the England international, who had a spell on loan with the Foxes earlier in his career, will be out to do some damage against them again on Sunday.

Kane bagged his 14th and 15th Premier League goals of the season on Wednesday evening against Newcastle, and the England international is slowing inching towards a return to his best form.

Experienced Leicester City campaigner Jonny Evans has enjoyed another impressive campaign for the Foxes, and the 32-year-old has the defensive skill-set to nullify Kane if on his game.

Evans has been an ever present in the Premier League this term, staring each of Leicester’s 36 fixtures since August, and the Northern Ireland regular should have a major say in the outcome of Sunday’s fixture.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City team news
Juan Foyth and Tanguy Ndombele both remained sidelined for Spurs, while Eric Dier is still suspended.

Serge Aurier, on compassionate leave, misses out, while Dele Alli is a major doubt with a hamstring strain.

With limited personnel available, Jose Mourinho could choose to largely keep faith with the same team that won at Newcastle.

Tottenham Hotspur predicted line-up: Lloris – Tanganga, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies – Sissoko, Winks, Lo Celso – Lucas, Son, Kane

Leicester have a whole host of injury problems to contend with ahead of their crucial meeting with Spurs.

Ben Chilwell and James Maddison join Ricardo Pereira and Daniel Amartey in the treatment room, while Caglar Soyuncu serves the second of his three game suspension.

Marc Albrighton is also carrying a knock, though promising debutant Luke Thomas could keep his place at left wing back

Predicted Leicester City line-up: Schmeichel – Bennett, Morgan, Evans – Justin, Tielemans, Ndidi, Thomas – Perez, Vardy, Barnes
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