Preview and Prediction
In 2015/2016, Spurs and The Foxes were involved in a title race before Jamie Vardy and Co finally clinched the silverware in the end. Both definitely ended up in the Champions League. Yet, this season, Harry Kane and Co have lost their chance to secure any European tickets for next season as they only sit on the eighth with seven point margin, which is simply impossible to achieve in the last two games. Leicester, however, are still struggling till their last breath to stay on the top four with Manchester United and Wolverhampton as their main contender. The Red Devils even share the same points as Brendan Rodgers’ men but have less goal difference. With no prize left for Mourinho’s men, they will only play for their dignity and end the season respectably. That means snatching three points will still be their main target. This is something Leicester have to be careful later.
The teams’ previous matches
Spurs managed to sink Newcastle United on the road in the midweek. They won 3-1 by the goal of Son Heung Min and Harry Kane’s brace. The Magpies were able to equalise before conceding again twice. Tottenham’s positive trend in last four games seems to endure.
The Foxes also could secure three points while taking on Sheffield United. They smashed them 2-0. Ayoze Perez scored an opener before Demarai Gray doubled their lead. It was a positive response after their shocking loss while travelling to Bournemouth previously.
Jose Mourinho has opted several formations when his favourite 4-2-3-1 failed. The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss is now in favour of 4-3-3 or 4-4-1-1. Harry Kane and Son Heung Min will definitely be the main forward. The absence of Delle Alli, Eric Dier and Serge Aurier plus Tanguy Ndombele and Juan Foyth due to their injury and suspension can be covered by Giovanni Lo Celso, Harry Winks and the youngster Japhet Tanganga as the right wing back.
Brendan Rodgers has modified his favourite 4-1-4-1 formation to 3-4-3 lately which has been working well. Jamie Vardy will still be the main scorer supported by Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes. Demarai Gray and Kelechi Iheanacho can come off the bench to help breaking the deadlock in the second half if necessary. Unfortunately, there are six players ruled out for this fixture, including the key men such as James Maddison, Ben Chillwell, Mark Albrighton and Ricardo Perreira due to the injury, whereas Caglar Soyuncu is serving his ban.
Players to watch
Tottenham’s top performers this season are still Son Heung Min and Harry Kane. Both have scored twenty six and provided twelve assists altogether in Premier League. Some other key figures are Moussa Sissoko, Lucas Moura and Steve Bergwijn.
Meanwhile, Leicester still counts on the top scorer this season, Jamie Vardy who has netted 23 goals and contributed six assists this season. Some other notable men to watch are the defensive midfielder Winfred Ndidi and the Belgian creative midfielder, Youri Tielemans.
Tottenham vs Leicester Prediction
Brendan Rodgers will be facing off his former boss in Chelsea as they worked together back then in Mourinho’s first period in Stamford Bridge. It will not only be the clash to prove who is better between them but also to test both teams mentality. For the home side, this will be the time to entertain their fans with a victory. However, for Leicester, this will be the good opportunity to see how tough their squad is at the crucial stage with the tight schedule and pressure all around them. Brendan Rodgers personally has been in the same situation while leading Liverpool to almost win the title in 2014 but slipped towards the end. He surely does not want to repeat the same mistake with The Foxes.
Harry Kane and Co seems to be still considered as a slight favourite. They are backed to win at 2.30, whereas The Foxes are in the win market at 3.05. The odd for the draw result is at the value of 3.50.