ENGLAND: Premier League
Date: Sunday, 23 May 2021
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: King Power Stadium (Leicester)
Leicester, after spending 30 of 37 gameweeks in the top four, no longer control their Champions League destiny. In an FA Cup final repeat, a 2-1 midweek loss at Chelsea was their ninth Premier League (PL) defeat from 11 this season in which they conceded first, but here they have the chance to do the league double over Tottenham for the first time since 1998/99 after winning the reverse 2-0 – albeit they’ve won just two of six home league H2Hs since returning to the PL in 2014/15 (D1, L3).
Their 2-4 loss at home vs Newcastle last time out here gave other top-four contenders hope, although the ‘Foxes’ remain the only team in the top eight not to have dropped points when winning at HT on home soil (W6). Whilst needing to start quickly for goal difference purposes, they’ve netted a league-high 12 home goals after the 75th minute, so Leicester are clearly capable of a late surge.
Tottenham, on the other hand, are fighting for the last Europa League place, but could end the season as low as ninth, which would be their lowest finish since ending in 11th back in 2007/08. A 1-2 loss to Villa (May 19) was their ninth league defeat of 2021 already, one more than the entirety of 2020.
Spurs have traveled poorly of late, winning two of their last seven PL road trips (W2, D2, L3). However they have netted between minutes 15-30 in four straight away league outings, making Tottenham the division’s highest away scorers during this time period (seven).
Players to watch: Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho has the most PL goals since the start of March with 11, while Spurs’ Harry Kane has scored 16 goals in 15 appearances against Leicester, including two hat-tricks.
- Leicester’s form in last 5 matches: LWWLD.
- Tottenham’s form in last 5 matches: LWLWL
PREDICTION: Over 1.5