Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United: Conte Looking for win on Home League Debut

tottenhamAn international break can often be an unwelcome occurrence that disturbs a team’s momentum. Alternatively, it can be a useful pause following a bad run of results. In Tottenham’s case, it’s a little bit of both right now.

Things haven’t been great on the pitch and we’ve yet to win in three league games but the arrival of Antonio Conte had left us feeling a little more positive. Can our new manager build on his opening two results and arrest that slide as we welcome Leeds United for Sunday’s 4.30pm kick off?

Team News

I couldn’t have been alone in expecting Harry Kane to pick up a pointless injury at the tail end of England’s game in midweek. Thankfully, he appears to be fine but others have come back from international week with issues.

Cristian Romero has picked up a hamstring problem with Argentina while Pierre-Emile Hojberg sat out Denmark’s game with Scotland. With Oliver Skipp suspended, there could be a real selection headache for the manager in central midfield.

Updates will follow on the injured pair in due course. Elsewhere, Bryan Gil and Ryan Sessegnon have returned to training but Sunday’s game could come too early for both wingers.

Match Odds

Spurs are in ninth while Leeds are in 15th place after a slow start to the season. We also have home advantage so it should be no surprise to see Tottenham as clear favourites at best odds of 77/100 with Betway and Novibet.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane

The draw is the next option at a top price of 16/5 with VBet while a win for Leeds United is only just behind at 17/5 with Novibet again.

There may be that gap in terms of overall points but our next opponents are just ahead of us in the form table. Over the course of the last six league matches, Leeds have eight points while Spurs have seven. It could be another tight one and, while this is a new era under Antonio Conte, that price of 77/100 on the home win looks too close for comfort.

Side Markets

You will have probably seen this statistic elsewhere but just to confirm that Harry Kane has scored as many goals in two internationals as he has managed for Spurs all season. Although Tottenham could thrive on the back of playing San Marino every week, we’ll just hope that those seven strikes in the last few days have given him some confidence and momentum going into Sunday.

The bookmakers certainly believe in him as Harry starts as favourite to open the scoring at best odds of 3/1 with Unibet. Son Heung-Min follows at 49/10 with VBet while Leeds’ Patrick Bamford is next up at a top price of 15/2 with Betway.

Other possibilities from a Spurs’ perspective include Lucas Moura at 15/2 with 10Bet, Steven Bergwijn at 15/2 with QuinnBet, Dele Alli at 9/1 with QuinnBet and Giovani Lo Celso at 13/1 with VBet.

In other side markets, Both Teams to Score is currently on offer at best odds of 11/14 with VBet. If you want to take the ‘no’ bet on BTTS, BetFred are quoting 11/10.

Turning to the Total Goals betting, a stake Above the 2.5 line will return 3/4 with Quinnbet but if we push higher to Over 3.5 we can get a top price of 2/1 with Unibet.

Finishing off with the Correct Score options, if you’re feeling confident about Spurs easing past struggling Leeds then you can claim 13/1 with 10Bet on a 3-1 home win. Alternatively, the 1-1 draw is quoted at 15/2 with 10Bet again while a 2-1 win in favour of Leeds United can be found at 14/1 with BetFred and 888Sport.

Last Season

leeds unitedThe corresponding match from 2020/21 was one of the more comfortable 90 minutes under the tenure of Jose Mourinho. It was the first home fixture of the New Year and Tottenham were cruising at 3-0 after 50 minutes.

Harry Kane opened the scoring with a penalty on 29 minutes before Son Heung-Min doubled the lead before the break. Toby Alderweireld signed off with the third and we went into cruise control from that point.

The sending off of Matt Doherty in second half injury time came too late to have any bearing on the result and it seemed as though we might build in the New Year after a shaky Christmas period.

The away game wasn’t quite as comfortable but it would be nice to see us cruise a match as we did here at the start of 2021.

Verdict

We’ve probably all been warned to expect some dour football under Antonio Conte but the team underline their defensive frailties in his first game in charge. While we never really want to see a 0-0 draw, the clean sheet at Everton was a notable one following the heart-stopping European tie with Vitesse.

Does that suggest a low scoring encounter against Leeds on Sunday? Until such time as the new manager can bring in new players, we could be looking at some more subdued encounters. Alternatively, we may still be looking at a scenario where the performance doesn’t matter as long as we score one more than the opposition.

What we’re trying to say is that we can’t really suggest what to expect under a new coach in his first home league game in charge of the club. A scrappy home win would do but there is scope for the kind of comfortable 90 minutes that we experienced at the start of 2021.

Leeds United are struggling, our main striker has just scored seven goals in two international matches and we’re feeling positive about Sunday. While Harry Kane should be getting on the scoresheet, we’ll take Sonny to open the scoring. He’s been in better shape this season and is on offer at tempting odds.

To round off, we will go Over 3.5 goals while expecting a more attacking afternoon with the majority of those strikes going into Leeds’ net.

Best Bets

  • Son Heung-Min to score the first goal at 49/10 with VBet
  • Over 3.5 goals at 2/1 with Unibet

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