Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur: Foxes face must-win game

With Champions League qualification out of their own hands, Leicester must defeat Spurs to hold any realistic chance of a top four finish.

When: Sunday, May 23, 16:00 GMT

How to watch: Sky Sports

Best bets

Leicester to win at evens (Bet365)

Jamie Vardy to score at anytime at 7/5 (SkyBet)

Harry Kane to score at anytime at 6/4 (SkyBet)

Successful season regardless of league position?

Brendan Rodgers said after the defeat to Chelsea in midweek that he was proud of his team and that they have had a good season. This is true considering Rodgers guided the Foxes to FA Cup glory at the fifth time of asking.

Leicester beat Chelsea on Saturday to win their first-ever FA Cup.
Leicester beat Chelsea on Saturday to win their first-ever FA Cup.

However, deep down the Leicester manager will be hoping that results fall his way and that they can do their bit by beating an inconsistent Tottenham outfit. They can take grace from the fact that they can end the season no lower than fifth and are guaranteed Europa League football next season.

Leicester's last five games have shown that there are nerves in the camp and over the past couple of seasons Rodgers' team have been accused of 'bottling it' - indicating that they have thrown away being in good positions and seem to run out of steam at the end of the season. They will be more than fired up to prove people wrong and will be aiming for three points to push Chelsea and Liverpool to the wire.

Last three Premier League meetings:

Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Leicester City (December 20, 2020)

Leicester overtook their opponents to move into second place following an impressive start to the season.

VAR helped award Leicester City a penalty after Serge Aurier pushed Wesley Fofana in the back. Jamie Vardy, as so often he does, fired down the centre of the goal as Hugo Lloris dived to the side, making it 1-0.

James Maddison then had a well-taken goal ruled out for offside after the interval. Leicester's second came courtesy of some good fortune when Jamie Vardy's header back across goal came off Toby Alderweireld and into the Spurs net.

Heung-Min Son was denied superbly by Kasper Schmeichel as Tottenham pushed to get back into the match, but were unable to find any goals.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Leicester City (July 19, 2020)

Leicester's slide out of the top four last season occurred in this fixture - losing 3-0 to Spurs. Brendan Rodgers' team had been in the top four places for much of the season this defeat left them with everything to do in their last game - which they would go on to lose 2-0 to Manchester United.

Harry Kane scored two goals to take his tally against the team he was once on loan at, to 16 goals in 14 games.

All three goals were scored before half time with Kane's strikes coming in the 37th and 40th minute respectively. The scoring though was opened by an own goal from James Justin, who turned Son's shot into his own net.

Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (September 21, 2019)

James Maddison was the star of the show, striking in a late winner to grab the three points and scoring his first league goal of the season in the process.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane was once again on the scoresheet, somehow scoring after appearing to stumble with an instinctive finish.

Serge Aurier then had a goal disallowed after an offside in the build-up. Leicester then grew into the match and Ricardo Periera poached a goal at the back post from a low Jamie Vardy cross.

With the game in the balance, James Maddison unleashed from distance and was rewarded, finding the bottom corner of Lloris' goal.

Head-to-head in the Premier League:

Played: 29

Leicester City wins: 12

Draws: 5

Tottenham Hotspur wins: 12

Leicester City goals: 48

Tottenham Hotspur goals: 52

Who's in the running for Spurs?

Ryan Mason has done a fairly good job in steading the ship at Spurs, with three wins from five matches in charge as interim manager.

The loss against Aston Villa in midweek was perhaps the worst display his team have produced whilst he has been in charge, going down 2-1.

It is clear that Tottenham are looking to employ someone with more experience than the 29-year-old, although it is expected that Mason will continue at Tottenham in another role.

Tottenham boss Ryan Mason
Tottenham boss Ryan Mason

Currently at the head of the betting is former Italian international Simone Inzaghi, who is in charge at Lazio in Serie A, although his contract does run out at the end of the season.

Inzaghi is 3/1 to be the next Tottenham manager.

Also in the running are current Premier League bosses Graham Potter, Scott Parker and Brendan Rodgers who all feature fairly prominently betting-wise.

Other potential candidates at double-digit prices include Eric Ten Hag, Roberto Martinez and Hansi Flick.

Scoreline prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

In a must-win game for Leicester, I would expect them to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Chelsea.

Their home form is strong and with the added bonus of fans back in The King Power Stadium, it will be like having a 12th man.

Tottenham were comfortably beaten by Leeds in their last away game and even though they will want to give the transfer-seeking Harry Kane a fond goodbye, Leicester should have the edge.

Goalscorer bets

Jamie Vardy will be looking to add to his 13 goals this season and he is 7/5 to score at anytime with SkyBet.

Harry Kane looks as though he is set to leave Tottenham at the end of the season and he boasts an excellent strike-rate against Leicester.

Tottenham striker, Harry Kane
Tottenham striker, Harry Kane

There is no reason why he cannot add to his impressive tally and he is 9/2 with William Hill to score first.

SkyBet have him at 6/4 to score at anytime against his favourite opponents.

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