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English Premier League (Round 26) – Tottenham vs. Leicester City Game preview

The Spurs are working hard on keeping their spot on the Premier League table, as Manchester City is going against Chelsea a few hours after Tottenham’s fixture. Being 5 points behind Pep Guardiola’s men, and in this very critical stage of the league, getting a win on their field is as important as it gets, against a team who didn’t have a very good performance this season, as they lost 3 of the last 5 games they had in the Premier League.

Tottenham vs. Leicester City

Three-way: 1: Tottenham -145; X: +284 Draw; 2: Leicester City +466

Spread -1: Tottenham+119; Leicester -136

Total 2.5 Goals: Over -120; Under +102

Both Teams to Score: Yes -120; No +110

Tottenham

Tottenham’s past 10 game-weeks were pretty decent, as they managed to snatch 8 wins and kept clinging to the top 2 teams, Manchester City and Liverpool. It is obvious that they are fighting their way to stay among the top teams in the Premier League table, especially after winning by one-goal margin in 3 consecutive matches.

Tottenham have set a new record, as they got to the 26th round without a single draw, yet they are facing a tough period ahead of them, as they will face Chelsea at the end of February and Arsenal at the beginning of March. On a side note, they will face Borussia Dortmund in Europa League last 16, so a win at the home field and their fans would be a huge boost for the whole team, especially after they were knocked out by Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.

The Spurs have won four of their last 5 games in the Premier League, three home games and one away game against Fulham. They had a single, yet painful, loss to Manchester United on Wembley Stadium, as Marcus Rashford goal in the 44th minute of the first half munched 3 very precious points. The Spurs currently sit 3rd on the table with 75 points and 51:24 goal difference.

The talented South Korean Son Heung-Min has been praised by the fans and by his boss, especially after scoring a stunning late winner against Newcastle. Having 10 goals in the Premier League alone this season. He will need to bring his best game against Leicester as Harry Kane will not play due to an ankle injury, keeping him out of the pitch for 2 more weeks at least. D. Alli will miss tomorrow’s game as well as he’s suffered a hamstring injury.

Betting Trends:

  • Tottenham kept the net intact in two of the last three games overall
  • The Spurs have not been able to score more than 2 goals in their last 7 games in all competitions
  • The Spurs have scored 10 and conceded 5 goals in their last 5 Premier League matches at home

Leicester

Leicester is coming off a 1-0 home loss against Manchester United last Sunday, with their last win coming on January first. The 2015-2016 Premier League champions are unable to deliver any good results this season as they suffered 11 losses and 5 draws. They are only 8 points away from the relegation zone. The Wolves have nothing left to fight for this season other than trying to keep their Premier League status, as they were knocked out of the FA cup by Newport Country in January.

They are 12th on the table, with 32 points and a 30:31 goal difference, whilst Jamie Vardy has scored 7 of them with 3 assists during his 1627 minutes played, not a very good score for the same player who was the 4th on the top scorers board in the Premier League last year with 20 goals.

Leicester will be missing M. Albrighton, who could sit out the rest of this season due to a hamstring injury. In addition, Daniel Amartey is sidelined with a knee injury.

Betting Trends:

  • The Foxes have won 1 and lost 2 road games since January 1st.
  • In their last 5 road games, the Foxes have scored 6 and allowed 6 goals.
  • Leicester has a record of 1W-1D-3L in last five H2H duels with Tottenham

Match Prediction

This matchup could prove to be a tricky one for Mauricio Pochettino and his men, taking in consideration that his team has some very important matchups ahead of them. Despite the fact that the Foxes last win at the Wembley came back in 2015, it is important to note that they have proved to be a tough team to beat at the Wembley, ever since. Namely, in their last 6 meetings at the Wembley, the Foxes have a record of 2W-2D-2L, scoring a total of 13 and allowing 13 goals in all competitions.

I expect a tough matchup today, with the Spurs coming out on top in the end. However, taking into consideration the current scoring form of both teams, I am going with the under 2.5 goals, which is offered at a very tempting +102 odds.

Son Heung-Min is at -100 odds to score anytime, Same goes to Jamie Vardy, as he’s usually potent whenever he faces the Spurs.

The Pick: Tottenham (-145)

Additional Pick: Under 2.5 goals (+102)

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