Another big showdown with huge implications will unfold during the late morning hours as Tottenham continue their climb up the table, with Leicester City firmly standing in their way.
The Spurs came out of the restart looking sluggish and already tuning out Jose Mourinho, though some new results and an added commitment to their tactics have seen the squad gain some good victories. Most notably, a recent victory against Arsenal in the North London Derby. They’ll continue their push for a top-6 spot, and perhaps Europa League action next season.
For Leicester, they’ve emerged from their bad funk coming out of the restart. A string of losses was reversed, and the Foxes have now won two consecutive outings. That said, they’ve let teams both pass them and catch up to them, and now their desire for coveted Champions League football next season remains in high doubt. If Leicester aren’t successful Sunday, it could see Brendan Rodgers’ side put down to 5th in the table, just missing out.
As you can see, the stakes surely are high for this big-time matchup. Both of these proud clubs definitely want extra soccer matches and added revenue for next season, and the pressure is on to secure those. The only way? Winning their final matches. It should make for an excellent match between two high-skill groups on Sunday. Keep reading on beneath the posted odds for further analysis, and a betting prediction for Tottenham vs. Leicester City. Enjoy!
Tottenham vs. Leicester Betting Odds:
Leicester City (+210)
Over 2.5 (+105)
Under 2.5 (-125)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Tottenham vs. Leicester Pick:
It’s been quite remarkable seeing the reversal both these squads have made in recent weeks. They now meet each other seemingly at the top of their respective games, and it should make for a high-quality encounter.
For the Spurs, their big change has come with defense. They have proven to be stingy at the back, and some tactical adjustments made by manager Jose Mourinho have surely helped. For this week, the Spurs might be in tough though at the back as Serge Aurier reportedly had to fly home as his brother died tragically last week. Tottenham does have good depth though, and some added speed from Davinson Sanchez should help deal with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy.
For the Foxes, this certainly is going to be a tall ask for them. Already away from home, Brendan Rodgers will need to come up with a lineup that can slow down the Spurs, without many of his top talents.
It’s believed that all of James Maddison, Ben Chilwell, Ricardo Pereira, and Caglar Soyuncu will all miss out on this contest. Those are crucial blows to both the midfield and defense, and will force the manager to get creative with his tactics and personnel.
Look for Rodgers to go with a three-man defense, but one that doesn’t inspire much confidence. Harry Kane should be excited going against that group. Leicester will need to focus on their youth and overall squad depth, two areas that are quite unproven within the group. Up top, Jamie Vardy will lead the Leicester line as he looks to improve upon his league-leading goal totals. The pacy Englishman might be the Foxes only hope on Sunday.
With Leicester being so badly depleted, especially in defense – it’s hard to imagine them keeping the skill of Tottenham out here. Mounrinho’s group have found good chemistry and tactics, and tighter defensive play is leading to more time on the ball and better goal-scoring opportunities. They remain lethal on the counter, and should take full advantage in securing the full three points on Sunday. At a nice plus-money price, the value is with the Spurs to continue their ascent in Matchweek 37.
Pick: Tottenham 2-0