Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur: Can Spurs Extend Winning EPL Run?

leeds unitedSpurs’ interim manager Ryan Mason takes his side to Elland Road on the back of a 100% winning record in the league. While the two opponents involved, Southampton and Sheffield United, may be languishing in the bottom half, it’s been a positive three weeks assuming you can ignore the Wembley Cup Final.

On Saturday, this 12:30pm kick off against Leeds United is Mason’s first away league game and it offers a tough test. Leeds are inconsistent and are capable of beating Manchester City and losing to Brighton and Hove Albion in the space of five games.

That inconsistency in both camps makes this a tricky game to predict but let’s have a go.

Team News

There’s not much to cover on here and that’s been the case for much of the season. It’s been a difficult campaign at times but Spurs haven’t been able to blame injuries and suspensions for their occasional woes.

The news this week focuses solely on Ben Davies who is likely to miss out once again. As yet, there is no suggested return date and the left back remains sidelined following his calf problem.

Giovani Lo Celso appears to be fine after being on the receiving end of what looked to be a blatant stamp against Sheffield United and there are no suspensions to add. Ryan Mason will therefore be choosing from a squad that is close to full strength.

Match Odds

Tottenham concede home advantage but they will go into this match as favourites and the best odds on the away win currently stand at 21/20 with Unibet. Victory for Leeds United is available at 47/18 with VBet while it’s back to Unibet for the top price on the draw at 29/10.

That loss against Brighton came last weekend as Marcelo Bielsa’s side went down away to the Seagulls by a 2-0 scoreline. Prior to that defeat, form had been good with wins over Manchester City and Sheffield United together with two draws against Liverpool and Manchester United.

It’s been a tough run for Saturday’s opponents and any neutrals who want to disregard that Brighton defeat might just see some value in the result betting.

Side Markets

Harry Kane’s most recent injury was a brief one but he’s looked less than sharp since returning to the side for the EFL Cup Final. Harry is on offer at odds of 7/2 with 10Bet and MansionBet to open the scoring while Son Heung-Min is quoted at 5/1 with SportNation and RedZone.

Elsewhere, forgotten man Carlos Vinicius can be claimed at best odds of 11/2 with MansionBet and RedZone while Leeds’ Patrick Bamford makes an appearance at a top price of 21/4 with Unibet.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

Other first goalscorer picks from Spurs backers include Gareth Bale at 6/1 with VBet, Steven Bergwijn at 10/1 with 10Bet, Lucas Moura at 21/2 with Unibet and Dele Alli at 12/1 with BetFred.

On to team bets now and Both Teams to Score is on offer this week at best odds of 3/5 with SportNation. Leeds have scored just once in their last three so maybe that’s one to avoid. As an alternative, voting ‘no’ on Both Teams to Score is listed at 6/4 with BetFred.

In the total goals options, odds of 3/5 from 10Bet are in place for anyone wanting to go Over the 2.5 line. To push that a bit further, we can get 8/5 with Unibet to go Above 3.5 goals.

That leaves us to round off with some Correct Score suggestions and those who feel we can maintain our positive run can get best odds of 35/4 with SportNation on a 2-1 away win. Elsewhere, the 1-1 draw is quoted at a top price of 15/2 with SportNation again while a 2-1 scoreline in favour of Leeds United can be backed at 12/1 – also with SportNation.

Reverse Fixture

This season’s reverse fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium provided one of the more comfortable 90 minutes under Jose Mourinho’s tenure. Tottenham eventually ran out 3-0 winners with all of the goals scored in the first 50 minutes.

Like this weekend’s fixture, the game kicked off on a Saturday lunchtime and this early January tie featured the Kane and Son partnership at its very best. Harry opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Steven Bergwijn was fouled on the edge of the box. Before half time, Kane turned provider, sweeping in a cross from the right for Sonny to clip the ball home.

Toby Alderweireld finished it all off, nodding home Son’s corner on 50 minutes. Matt Doherty was sent off late on but by then, the result was long beyond any doubt.

In truth, Leeds’ defence didn’t help their cause but we were clinical and that was one of our better days of 2021. A repeat would be nice but it will be tougher up at Elland Road.

Verdict

tottenhamIt’s been a difficult few weeks but there are some positives to be taken from Ryan Mason’s brief spell in charge. As Gareth Bale said following last week’s win, he has got the team to play ‘on the front foot’ and an attacking formation made short work of the league’s bottom club.

At the same time, we’ve conceded just once at the back in those two league games. Saturday could be tougher away to Leeds but our opponents’ form makes this a tricky one to predict. If we are to win, it should be much tighter so we’ll start by going Under 2.5 goals.

As an anytime scorer bet, Gareth Bale isn’t the worst option at 7/4 considering that he’s found the net four times in those last two league matches. We’ll leave it at that: We are slightly confident of the away win and converting at those 21/20 Unibet odds but we’ll sign off with just the two side bets this time.

Best Bets

  • Under 2.5 Goals at 11/8 with BetFred
  • Gareth Bale to score at any time in 90 minutes at 7/4 with VBet

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