Leicester v Tottenham Betting Predictions – Back Tottenham to win with 12/1 with William Hill
Last season, a meeting between these two sides may well have decided the destination of the Premier League title. But while champions Leicester have dropped back into midtable mediocrity, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have continued to push but ultimate fell short to Chelsea.
As such, this game has very little meaning to it, but it is still likely to be one an entertaining spectacle. Both sides like to play at a high tempo and actually suit each other’s playing styles. While Spurs like to control the game by pushing high up the pitch, Leicester thrive on the counter attack. It will be an interesting tactical battle, that’s for sure.
The best market to look at for this one is definitely BTTS. Bet365 have a home win at 6/1 and an away win at 5/2. Leicester have beaten Manchester City at home this season and are, overall, showing form more like last campaign than before, so they cannot be ruled out, especially not at that price.
In terms of goalscorer markets, Jamie Vardy can be found at 13/8, while Christian Eriksen could also be worth a punt at 5/2.
Tottenham had won nine straight matches before defeat at West Ham a week ago on Friday, but they recovered to beat Manchester United on Sunday to end their final season at White Hart Lane with an unbeaten record in the Premier League.
Away from home, Spurs have one of the best defences in the league, conceding just 15 goals, but Leicester have been able to put high pressing teams to the sword because of their pace on the counter attack and aggression in midfield.
Since Craig Shakespeare replaced Claudio Ranieri, The Foxes have been one of the form sides in the league. They have lost just twice in their last six in all competitions and could leapfrog Bournemouth into tenth with victory, having previously been looking over their shoulders at the relegation battle.
Leicester have only managed to win one of their last six meetings with Spurs, though, and that came at White Hart Lane. The stats definitely favour an away win here.
Riyad Mahrez vs Ben Davies
The wide areas are where this game will be won and lost, because it Spurs’ fullbacks who add width to their play in attack. That way, the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen can have more of an effect on the game centrally. But the absence of Danny Rose could cause Pochettino a real headache.
While Ben Davies is a more than capable deputy, the Welshman is not as direct, thus making Spurs less potent down the left of midfield. Mahrez is a player who always looks to take on his man, so Davies may well hold back to avoid offering space in behind for the Algerian to exploit.
Dele Alli vs Wilfred Ndidi
It took a while for January signing Ndidi to find his feet in Leicester’s midfield, but now he has it is much more balanced. He was brought in from Genk to help plug the huge gap left by N’Golo Kante, and it is so much tougher to break Leicester down now.
Earlier in the season, it would be easy for Spurs to find Alli with through balls against Leicester because there was a lot of confusion in that area. But now Ndidi acts as chief interceptor, just like Kante, and it will be tough for Alli to get in behind and run at the defence as he has done all season.
Predicted line ups for Leicester and Tottenham:
Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel; Chilwell, Fuchs, Benalouane, Simpson; Albrighton, King, Ndidi, Mahrez; Vardy, Slimani
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Walker; Wanyama, Dier; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane