Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City: Time to Outfox the Foxes

tottenhamThe gloom that had descended on Spurs supporters seven days ago has suddenly lifted – for now at least. The 0-0 draw away to Bournemouth was one of the most dreary performances in living memory but thankfully, the team has responded to that toothless display.

Two wins in two has given us all a lift and the hope of a consolation sixth placed finish. To do that, we are likely to have to win both of our remaining games and our final home match of the season takes place this Sunday. Leicester City are the visitors for a 4pm kick off but can we take advantage of the Foxes’ recent mixed form?

Team News

We’ve had an extra day to digest team news this time and some reports have started to filter through. Firstly, confirmation has come through that neither Juan Foyth nor Tanguy Ndombele will play any part in our remaining two matches. Elsewhere, there are lingering doubts over Dele Alli but it’s thought that he should be able to take his place among the subs after his recent hamstring issue.

Eric Dier serves the last game of his four match ban but otherwise, there are no suspensions and no further injury concerns that we are aware of.

Match Odds

Leicester City may have been in a loftier position across the season but comparative form in each camp means that Spurs start as favourites. There are odds against prices on all three outcomes and Tottenham start off the result betting at 27/20 with SportingBet and SportPesa. Victory for Leicester is up next at 21/10 with Betway and SportNation while the draw rounds it all off at 5/2 with BetFred.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last four and have lost just once since the Premier League returned last month. Of course, that doesn’t tell the full story and not all of those performances have been convincing ones. The Foxes had been struggling with just one win in their previous four but victory over Sheffield United on Thursday night will give the visitors a lift.

It’s tough but we can come through if we maintain the form shown in our last two games.

Side Bets

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Harry Kane

Harry Kane returned to form with a brace of headers in the 3-1 win over Newcastle on Wednesday night to bring up his 200th and 201st club goals. Kane is favourite to open the scoring on Sunday and he can be claimed at best odds of 21/5 with Unibet and 888Sport.

Those same two bookmakers offer the top price on the next two players on the list. 888Sport and Unibet quote Jamie Vardy at 19/4 and Son Heung-Min at 23/4. Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho follows at 7/1 with Betway while Dele Alli is slightly further back at a best of 15/2 with GentingBet.

Other options for Tottenham in the first goalscorer betting include Steven Bergwijn at best odds of 8/1 and Lucas Moura at a top price of 9/1 – both with Unibet and 888Sport.

Continuing our list of regular side bets and Both Teams to Score is available this week at best odds of 10/13 with SportNation and SportPesa. That looks a fair price considering we’ve only failed to find the net on one occasion since the EPL returned.

As for Total Goals, a bet Over the 2.5 line will currently return 19/20 with GentingBet but a push to Over 3.5 lifts that figure to 12/5 with GentingBet and BetFred.

Turning to the Correct Score betting and those who feel that the teams will cancel each other out can claim the 1-1 draw at 27/5 with Unibet and 888Sport. A 2-1 home win can be backed at 35/4 with 10Bet and GentingBet while the same outcome in favour of Leicester City is on offer at 10/1 with BetFred and SportNation.

Dangerman

There are occasions when the dangerman is a little too obvious and clearly we’re going to point to Jamie Vardy. He’s carrying Leicester’s shortest price in the individual goal scorer betting and, as those who watched the Foxes take on Sheffield on Thursday, the former England striker does a handy line in assists too.

Vardy didn’t find the net in that match but he’s Leicester’s leading scorer by some distance with 23 goals so far this season. His average of 124 minutes per goal is even more impressive and it shaves 12 minutes off Harry Kane’s returns at this stage.

Verdict

leicester cityPredicting any game since the Premier League’s restart has been something of a nightmare but certain teams are just starting to follow a form pattern. For Spurs, it’s generally positive with tentative results followed by two largely impressive wins against Arsenal and Newcastle United. Of course, this is where it starts to get dangerous with us as we risk getting carried away on a decent run.

For Leicester City, form is mixed but recent poor results mean that Brendan Rodgers’ side have gone from Champions League certainties to likely Europa League participants. We should win but this is Spurs and nothing should be taken for granted.

Our suggestion that Lucas Moura will score in 90 minutes will be met with some derision as the Brazilian is contributing at less than 50% of his 2018/19 capacity. Last season, Lucas scored 15 in 49 matches while he’s managed just seven from 45 this time around. All we can say in our defence is that he is ‘due’.

Both Teams to Score is generally more than plausible when Spurs are playing and it carries a reasonable price this weekend. Lastly, we’ll look to be more positive in terms of the goals count and back Over the 3.5 line at those generous odds of 12/5. If the majority go into Leicester’s net it will be a happy and, hopefully profitable afternoon.

Best Bets

  • Both Teams to Score at 10/13 with SportNation
  • Lucas Moura to score at any time in 90 minutes at 17/5 with Unibet
  • Over 3.5 Goals at 12/5 with GentingBet

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