Leicester City v Tottenham Previews, Betting Tips and Predictions
May 16, 2017
Thursday May 18 – King Power Stadium – Premier League
Deposed Premier League champions Leicester City welcome Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham to the King Power Stadium on Thursday night. The Foxes are looking to salvage some pride with a top half finish, while Spurs have already secured second place.
Tight games and draws have been a common theme between these two sides in recent seasons, with little to pick between them. Of the last six meetings in all competitions, there’s been three draws, along with two Spurs wins and one victory for Leicester.
Leicester have injury problems in both defence and midfield ahead of this meeting. Robert Huth and Wes Morgan both missed last weekend’s defeat at Manchester City. Both players will undergo late fitness tests after their respective ankle and thigh injuries. If they miss out, Yohan Benaloune and Christian Fuchs will continue in central defence.
Danny Drinkwater is a major doubt with a thigh problem, as is Wales international Andy King, who has a calf issue. Onyinye Ndidi and Daniel Amartey could start in midfield in their absence.
For Tottenham, Danny Rose could return after his long term knee injury. The left back will be assessed in training, with Ben Davies on standby to start again. Other than that Spurs are only missing Erik Lamela and Harry Winks, who are both sidelined until next season.
Leicester City v Tottenham Preview and Predictions
Neither side has a great deal to play for in this tie, with Spurs having already capped a fine season with a second place finish. Leicester are set to finish in mid-table after their relegation worries, but a top half finish would restore some pride for the club.
However, both sides carry plenty of goal threat, so this one’s unlikely to be dull. With little pressure on the game, a bet on more than 2.5 goals looks like great value at 8/11. No matter how many times the net bulges, Leicester are 7/2 underdogs for the win.
It’ll be interesting to see how Pochettino’s players perform after an emotional week or so for the club. First there was the disappointment of losing out on the Premier League title, followed by the final game at White Hart Lane. The bookmakers fancy the visitors for the win though, making Spurs the 7/8 favourites.
Given the history for stalemates in this fixture, alongside the fact that there’s only really pride left to play for between the two sides that battled for the Premier League title last season, a draw could be a decent option. It’s priced at 13/5.
A 2-2 draw at 14/1
Both sides love to attack, and with Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy on one side and Dele Alli and Harry Kane the other, goals look a sure fire thing in this game.
Kane to score anytime at 10/11
England international Kane has been in excellent form in recent weeks, netting four goals in his last six games in all competitions. He will also have half an eye on the Premier League Golden Boot award, being just two goals behind Romelu Lukaku ahead of this one.