Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur: Fallen Foxes or Stuttering Spurs?

leicester cityFollowing the interlude provided by Wednesday night’s Champions League tie with Olympiakos, it’s back to league action on Saturday as Spurs take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. Tottenham will be looking to build on last weekend’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace but it won’t be simple task against a set of Foxes who have started the campaign in positive fashion.

Remember, this is the early lunchtime game, kicking off at 12.30, but what do the bookies make of it all?

Team News

Kyle Walker-Peters returned to the bench in Wednesday night’s Champions League fixture and may therefore be ready to battle it out with Serge Aurier for the right back slot. We also saw Davinson Sanchez, who had been an injury doubt, return to action but beyond that there is little new to report.

Giovani Lo Celso and Juan Foyth are ruled out but could we finally see Ryan Sessegnon in a Spurs shirt for the first time since his summer move from Fulham? Remember, we face Colchester United in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night so perhaps this will be the time to blood Sessgnon and some youngsters such as Troy Parrot. For now, the starting XI may well be similar to the one which took to the field against Crystal Palace last weekend.

Match Odds

We have odds against prices on all three possible outcomes here but it’s Spurs who start as favourites at 11/8 with Black Type. Victory for Leicester City can be picked up at best odds of 21/10 with SportingBet and Betway while the draw completes the picture at 12/5 with Coral and Ladbrokes.

It should certainly be as tight as those prices suggest: Spurs have stuttered at the start of the season before finding form last Saturday while Leicester City had started brightly until going down to Manchester United last time out. A share of the points may be a popular bet but let’s firstly look at the players who can change the destiny of this fixture.

Other Side Bets

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Harry Kane

Harry Kane takes up his customary place as the favourite to open the scoring and you can claim our main striker at odds of 18/5 with 10Bet and Unibet. In the league, Harry has scored three times while he opened his Champions League account with a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Olympiakos on Wednesday night.

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy slots in as the clear second favourite at best industry odds of 9/2 with 888Sport and Sport Pesa and from that point onwards, there is a mix of the two clubs. Lucas Moura also found the net with a stunning strike against Olympiakos and, along with Son Heung-Min, the Brazilian can be found at a top price of 7/1 with 10Bet and RedZone.

Next up is Leicester’s former Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho who is quoted at a best of 15/2 with SportingBet. His teammate James Maddison will attract some interest at 9/1 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa while Dele Alli is listed at 10/1 with Black Type.

There are some interesting prices in that bunch but what if we move away from individual goalscorers? As we’re about to see, the Foxes have been tight at the back this season but the Both Teams to Score option may look safe at best odds of 7/10 with SportingBet.

In terms of total goals, Over 2.5 is on offer at 3/4 with Unibet and 888Sport while Over 3.5 takes us into odds against territory at 21/10 with Royal Panda.

We like to hint at a Correct Score option and, with Spurs having drawn 2-2 in three of their last five games, an identical outcome can be considered at a top price of 12/1 with William Hill and BetFred.

Dangerman

Leicester City have scored seven times in six games across all competitions so far this season. That’s clearly not a huge tally but their strong position in the table is helped by keeping things tight at the back. Kasper Schmeichel and his defence have conceded just four times in the EPL and no side has yet managed to put two past them.

Not surprisingly, Jamie Vardy is the leading goalscorer with three in the league and as we’re addressing the issue of a dangerman, we seem to have come to a rather obvious conclusion. We’d also suggest looking out for midfielder James Maddison: The attacking midfielder only joined the Foxes from Norwich City in 2018 but he still continues to be linked with a move away from the King Power. Maddison’s goals to games ratio has dipped since stepping up to the Premier league but he remains a threat from behind the striker.

Head to Head

tottenhamSaturday’s game will be the 113th fixture between Spurs and Leicester City. Tottenham have held the upper hand for much of that time and our current record reads won 56, drawn 21 and lost 35.

We’ve won the last three encounters and four of the last five so the balance continues to tip Tottenham’s way but as always, it’s all about the next three points.

Verdict

Those who follow our predictions may just have noticed that five of our last six tips have dropped in. No pressure then as we round up this game…

We rarely tip the result in these previews for the simple fear of jinxing everything but the draw does make a strong case at that 12/5 price. Let’s be honest – we don’t really know what to expect from Spurs at the moment but we suspect that they will spoil Leicester’s tight defensive record while conceding at the same time.

In terms of commited tips, we’ll copy two from Wednesday night with Both Teams to Score and Over 3.5 goals. Our anytime scorer punt may look unlikely but it must be time for Dele Alli to emerge from his slump. Dele scored his first ever Spurs goal against these opponents so hopefully some happy memories will spur a return to form.

Best Bets:

  • Both Teams to Score at 7/10 with SportingBet
  • Over 3.5 goals at 21/10 with Royal Panda
  • Dele Alli to score any time at 18/5 with SportPesa

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