Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur: Can Spurs Outfox the Foxes?

leicester cityFollowing an annoying and unnecessary Covid break, we come full circle to a match that was postponed from earlier in the season. Leicester v Spurs was originally postponed for more legitimate reasons and the teams will now slot the fixture in this Wednesday – January 19th.

It’s a 7.30pm kick off and, at least we are rested but so are the Foxes who saw their game with Burnley rescheduled at the weekend.

Team News

After Sunday’s cancellation, the team news is largely unchanged. We already knew that Son Heung-Min and Cristian Romero were definitely ruled out with respective long term injuries.

Eric Dier and Steven Bergwign were doubts and there are no updates on those two at the time of writing. Therefore, our usual recommendation to check the official club website applies.

Match Odds

There are odds against prices on all three possible outcomes so there is good potential for anyone looking to get involved with the match result betting. Spurs will start as favourites at odds of 7/5 with VBet.

Victory for Leicester is the next option at a top price of 21/10 with BetFred and Betway while the draw completes the result betting at a top price of 28/11 with 10Bet and MansionBet.

The form guide gives Spurs an advantage and, over the course of the last six games, we have picked up 14 points which puts us second only to league leaders Manchester City. Leicester City are in sixth with 10 points which is an improvement on their overall tenth position in the table.

It may all point to an away win but we know that this can be a tough place to come, even if our opponents are struggling to threaten the European places this time around.

Side Markets

Individual goal scorer betting shows Harry Kane as the favourite to find the net first at best odds of 19/5 with Unibet. There is no Jamie Vardy who is injured while Kelechi Iheanacho is away at AFCON. Therefore, Leicester City’s first representative in the first goalscorer betting is Patson Daka who is listed at at a top price of 6/1 with Unibet.

Other options from within the Spurs’ dressing room include Lucas Moura at 17/2 with QuinnBet, Steven Bergwijn at 9/1 with Ladbrokes, Dele Alli at 11/1 with QuinnBet and Pierre-Emile Hojberg at 15/1 with Unibet.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

In other markets, Both Teams to Score can currently be claimed at best odds of just 13/19 with 10Bet. We’re used to seeing BTTS drop below Even Money but that could be a little too short this time. As an alternative, staking ‘No’ on Both Teams to Score is on offer at 6/5 with MansionBet and Novibet.

In the Total Goals betting, a stake Over the 2.5 line comes in at a top price of 5/6 with 10Bet and MansionBet. Pushing that to Over 3.5 lifts the figures to a best of 2/1 with the same two bookmakers.

Based on the number of attacking absentees, it may be a day to bet Under 2.5 goals at 21/20 with Coral and VBet.

That just leaves us with some regular Correct Score suggestions: If you’re happy with the bookmakers’ assessment and are confident that we can claim the points, a 2-1 away win is on offer at 17/2 with 888Sport. The same scoreline in favour of Leicester City is quoted at 10/1 with QuinnBet while the 1-1 draw can be backed at best odds of 7/1 with MansionBet.

Last Season

Last season’s corresponding fixture at the King Power Stadium was memorable for all the right reasons. Up until 75 minutes, however, things weren’t going Spurs’ way but three late goals turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 victory.

Two Jamie Vardy penalties, either side of a Harry Kane goal just before halt time, saw Leicester take that 2-1 lead on 52 minutes. On 76 minutes. Kasper Schmeichel flapped at a corner under pressure from Davinson Sanchez and the keeper was credited with the own goal which brought the scores level.

From then on, the game turned into the Gareth Bale show. Two left footed strikes from the Welshman, one from the edge of the box and the second from close range, sealed the points.

The Foxes have remained a force in the Premier League since that shock title victory in 2015/16 but Tottenham have a sound recent record at the King Power. Following the end of that 2015/16 campaign, the teams have played each other eight times. All of those games have come in the Premier League with Spurs winning five. In addition, there has been one draw while Leicester City have won twice.

Verdict

tottenhamIt’s a tough place to travel and, even though Leicester City have experienced a mixed season, they have recorded some impressive results at home. Back in October, the Foxes put four past Manchester United but they’ve slipped up against some of the lower ranked teams and that’s why they’re in tenth.

It could be considered a good time to play them with first choice striker Jamie Vardy and his back up Kelechi Iheanacho both unavailable. In fact, it’s a wonder that the Foxes don’t ask for the game to be called off…

The issue is that there are striking problems in both camps. As we said before the weekend’s postponement, without Son Heung-Min we seem to be relying on Harry Kane and Lucas Moura to find the net. Leicester may be more potent from midfield and beyond so it’s as tough to call as those odds suggest.

Based on the list of absentees in both camps we do think it will be low scoring. Under 2.5 goals and a ‘No’ bet on Both Teams to Score are our two recommendations. Hopefully it may b more comfortable but, at the worst, we’ll accept a very narrow win.

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score – Bet ‘No’ at 6/5 with MansionBet
  • Under 2.5 Goals at 21/20 with Coral

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