Tottenham v Leicester Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 10, 2018
Wembley Stadium - Premier League
Having secured Champions League football mid-week, Tottenham look to lock in third place with a win against Leicester on Sunday. The Foxes ended a spell of five winless games on Wednesday, but can rise no higher than eighth with a win.
Leicester beat Tottenham 2-1 at the King Power earlier this season, with goals from the Foxes two superstars, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
Tottenham have a number of injury problems with both senior right-backs, Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier sidelined. To make matters worse, Maurizio Pochettino is also short of players in midfield, as Harry Winks remains out with doubts surrounding Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Moussa Dembele.
Claude Puel is also coping with a lengthy injury list as Mark Alrighton's suspension means that he joins fellow midfielders Daniel Amartey, Matty James and Wilfred Ndidi on the sidelines. With Robert Huth andBen Chillwell out, and Shinji Okazaki and Kasper Schmeichel facing late fitness tests, the manager has some reshaping to do.
Tottenham v Leicester Preview and Predictions
Given the Manchester clubs superiority this season, Tottenham's goal for the second half of the season has very much been centred around retaining Champions League football for another year. With the Pochettino project very much in full swing, the added funds and power of attraction that the competition brings will allow the club to bring in a higher caliber of player over the summer.
Their opponents Leicester, started the season with European football as a goal as well, although admittedly their aim was for the Europa League. Despite the poor start that saw Craig Shakespeare lose his job, it seemed as though the Foxes might achieve their target a few months ago, only for their form to fall back off.
The current manager, Puel, faces a tough job over the summer, as he is tasked with overhauling the squad, with Riyad Mahrez and Robert Huth both likely to leave the club, and Wilfred Ndidi attracting interred from big clubs. As a result, he might use Sunday's game as an opportunity to evaluate which players will make it into the squad next summer, using the host of unavailable first team players to his advantage. Of course, this is unlikely to improve his side's chances against Spurs, but with little to play for, preparation for next season will be the priority.
For Spurs, Sunday's game is very much a case of protecting third place. With the majority of his players set for World Cup duty over the summer, Pochettino will be wary of injuries, as will his players. If anything is likely to derail the side's hopes in their final game, it may be the distraction of the tournament.
Harry Kane to score anytime at 2/5
The Englishman has not been in the best for of late but scored the only goal on Wednesday.
Both teams to score at evens
With a weakened defensive midfield Tottenham may be susceptible to Leicester's attacks.