Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City: Back Home and in Need of a Win

tottenhamThe tricky run of fixtures continues and, hot on the heels of Wednesday night’s trip to Anfield, another set of top four contenders make the trip down to north London. Leicester City have been consistent under Brendan Rodgers and the Foxes are now regulars in the European slots.

In midweek, both sides lost their respective fixtures to the two Merseyside clubs. Our loss was particularly hard to take and, having drawn at Crystal Palace on Sunday, we’re in need of the points.

Team News

Gareth Bale missed out once again as the squad made the trip to Liverpool and there are no confirmed updates at the time of writing. The Welsh international is said to have been training on his own so there may be a possibility of him returning to the bench for Sunday’s game.

Elsewhere, Erik Lamela and Japhet Tanganga will continue to miss out and neither seems likely to return before Christmas. It’s another early team news update from us so stay tuned to Jose’s press conference closer to kick off.

Match Odds

Tottenham are favourites for the win in Sunday’s 2.15pm kick off but there are odds against prices on all three possible outcomes. The best odds on a Spurs victory stand at 27/25 with Unibet while the same bookmaker goes top price on a win for Leicester at 27/10. Completing the result betting is the draw which is available at 13/5 with Betway and BetFred.

Form is similar in both camps – The Foxes have won three and lost two of their last five matches while we’ve won two, drawn two and lost one over the same period of time. It could be as tight as that market suggests and we need a boost of form and confidence if we are to justify that position as narrow favourites.

Side Markets

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

It’s also tight in the first goal scorer betting where Harry Kane is just ahead of Jamie Vardy. Our main striker is quoted at best odds of 18/5 with 888Sport while the Leicester man comes in at a top price of 17/4 with Unibet. The sportsbooks continue to rate the reserve strikers highly and you can claim Carlos Vinicius at a best of 5/1 with BetFred.

Elsewhere, Son Heung-Min can be claimed at best odds of 11/2 with VBet while Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho is on offer at a top price of 13/2 with Unibet and 888Sport. Other options from a Tottenham point of view include Gareth Bale at 13/2 with GentingBet, Lucas Moura at 17/2 with Unibet, Dele Alli at 9/1 with BetFred and Steven Bergwijn at 10/1 with BetFred once again.

After a barren period, Both Teams to Score has now returned a profit in each of our last two matches and BTTS can be claimed on Sunday at best odds of 4/6 with SportNation and RedZone. Interestingly, this bet would have only converted in one of Leicester City’s last five games so you may want to consider voting ‘no’ on Both Teams to Score at 15/13 with 10Bet.

Total Goals betting currently shows odds of 3/4 with GentingBet and Novibet to go above the 2.5 line. We haven’t exceeded that mark in any of our last four matches but, with Leicester scoring relatively freely up until Wednesday night, you may want to push to Over 3.5 at 9/5 with Betway.

As for a correct score option, we expect this to be tight and those hopeful of a home win might want to look at 2-1 to Spurs which is quoted at 8/1 with 10Bet. The same outcome in favour of Leicester City is on offer at 12/1 with SportNation while the 1-1 draw is listed at 6/1 with BetFred and GentingBet.

Last Season

The reverse fixture in 2019/20 saw Spurs come through via an emphatic 3-0 scoreline with all the goals coming in the first half. While we’d take nothing away from the performance on the day, this is one of those games that might have seen a different outcome had it been played on its original, scheduled date.

For starters, Harry Kane wouldn’t have been playing in the original fixture having picked up an injury on New Year’s Day which promised to end his season. Kane was back by the time the game was eventually played on July 19th and he scored twice in three minutes just before the break. The game was important in terms of our Europa League qualification and, once again, this weekend’s fixture is equally crucial.

Verdict

leicester cityClearly it’s another tough game and while some would have expected Leicester City to do better in midweek, a home defeat to Everton is no disgrace. Overall, the Foxes’ form is good and the result betting, with odds-against numbers on all three possible outcomes, underlines just how tight this might be.

A draw is one conclusion but we’ll start our tips with the one-goal winning margin pick. Betway have odds of 7/5 for either side to come through by this narrow mark and that seems like good value to us. Both Teams to Score also looks better for this game even though the stats on either side might suggest otherwise. Leicester City have plenty of scoring options and will always look to be positive.

In contrast, our own scoring options look to be slightly thin and, while Sonny and Harry are doing an admirable job, they could do with some support from midfield. We’ll have to finish by repeating ourselves here and go with Son Heung-Min to score at any time in 90 minutes. This bet has come in for us against Arsenal and Liverpool and, with little else behind the front two, we’ll stick with that for now.

Best Bets

  • Winning Margin of one goal on either side at 7/5 with Betway
  • Both Teams to Score at 4/6 with SportNation
  • Son Heung-Min to score at any time in 90 minutes at 13/8 with VBet

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