Leeds United vs Tottenham: Can Tottenham build on last week's impressive victory?

One of football's most experienced managers meets the least experienced - who will come out on top?

When: Saturday, May 8, 12:30 GMT

How to watch: BT Sport

Best bets

Tottenham to win and both teams to score at 5/2 (BetVictor)

Gareth Bale to score anytime at 7/4 (Bet365)

Tottenham to win both halves at 9/4 (William Hill)

Turbulent times for Spurs

Amid all of the drama surrounding the football club recently, Tottenham still have eyes firmly set on reaching the top four come the end of the season.

The European Super League hit the headlines and Jose Mourinho was departed the London club, leaving 29-year-old Ryan Mason to steer the club up the league in a final push at the backend of the season.

His first assignment was none other than a League Cup Final against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. A tame Spurs performance saw them slump to a 1-0 loss after a late Aymeric Laporte goal.

Squad rotation was opted for by Mason in his second match in charge which was a return to Premier League action. Players such as Dele Alli and Gareth Bale were granted starts and the latter in particular took full advantage - rolling back the years to score a clinical hat-trick.

Those three goals helped Spurs to an impressive 4-0 win over already relegated Sheffield United. That result leaves us up to date - Tottenham moved up to fifth and are five points off fourth-placed Chelsea with four games left to play.

Tottenham are 9/1 to reach the top four with William Hill.

Last three Premier League meetings

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Leeds United (January 2, 2021)

Spurs' victory over Leeds helped them resolve a mini drought that had seen them go winless since December 6.

A Harry Kane penalty set the tone before Heung-Min Son's 100th goal for the club doubled the score before Toby Alderweireld added the third.

A typical Leeds display saw them attacking at every opportunity, but this ultimately left them lacking in defence and perhaps should have conceded more than the three goals they did.

Leeds United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur (January 10, 2004)

Tottenham nudged Leeds closer to relegation and ended their own slump of losing four straight away matches.

It was former Leeds player Robbie Keane who netted, with the ex-Republic of Ireland international shooting past Paul Robinson after running onto a Mauricio Taricco free-kick.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Leeds United (August 23, 2003)

In the first clash between the two sides that season, Tottenham were victorious at White Hart Lane.

Leeds got off to a flyer, with Alan Smith scoring his second of the season after five minutes from outside the box.

Defender Mauricio Taricco equalised in similarly spectacular style, and new £4.5 million signing from West Ham, Frederic Kanoute, got the winner with his first goal for Spurs.

The match, however, will be most well remembered for the fact that at the age of 16 years and 129 days old, Aaron Lennon became the youngest player in Premier League history when he came on for Leeds as a 78th minute substitute.

Aaron Lennon Leeds United 2003
Aaron Lennon Leeds United 2003

Premier League head-to head

Played: 25

Leeds United wins: 10

Draws: 6

Tottenham Hotspur wins: 9

Leeds United goals: 34

Tottenham Hotspur goals: 34

Leeds looking for a top half finish

Leeds go into this fixture on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Brighton, in which they lacked any spark. Perhaps this was due to them missing influential players such as Raphinha, and Kalvin Phillips to injury, as well as Liam Cooper because of suspension.

Cooper returns and could be named in the starting line-up, but Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that both Raphinha and Phillips are being monitored every day until the last minute to see if either will be able to play a part at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa
Marcelo Bielsa

The Whites were hit with another injury blow this week as winger Helder Costa, who had been playing in Raphinha's absence, was ruled out for their final four games of the season.

It would seem then that Leeds face an uphill battle to pick up points at the tail-end of this campaign, however before their loss to Brighton they went undefeated in six games and will be looking to pick that form back up.

Leeds last seven results

Brighton (A) - 2-0

Manchester United (H) - 0-0

Liverpool (H) - 1-1

Manchester City (A) - 1-2

Sheffield United (H) - 2-1

Fulham (A) - 1-2

Chelsea (H) 0-0

This impressive run saw them pick up six points in four games against teams currently in the top seven and face another outfit, in the form of Tottenham, who find themselves in the upper reaches of the Premier League.

Clearly Leeds thrive against the 'big' teams and they will be quietly confident of a small upset to put them into the top half of the table.

The Yorkshire club are 10/11 to finish in the top half with Sky Bet.

Scoreline prediction: Leeds 1-3 Tottenham

This early kick off could prove to be an entertaining match with Leeds never failing to provide goals (although this is not entirely true recently).

Tottenham have major goalscoring threats in the shape of Harry KaneHeung-Min Son and Gareth Bale, and an injury-hit Leeds will need to be at their best to keep them quiet.

The future of Harry Kane has been the subject of much speculation (Luka Stanzl/PA)
The future of Harry Kane has been the subject of much speculation (Luka Stanzl/PA)

Although the home team do have a good record against the so-called top teams, they could be without a handful of influential players and the quality of Tottenham, particularly based on last week's performance, should show on Saturday.

Goalscorer bets

Gareth Bale is impossible to look past when considering potential scorers. He bagged three goals against Sheffield United and looked like his old self.

The winger is 7/4 to score at anytime with Bet365.

Harry Kane failed to get on the scoresheet last week but that will fuel the fire to score against Leeds.

England's striker is 11/2 to score two or more goals with Sky Bet.

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