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Leicester v Spurs – Match Preview

Leicester City host Tottenham Hotspur on the final day, in what is a pivotal game for both side’s European ambitions.

Here’s all you need to know about the high-stakes meeting at the King Power Stadium:

Form

Leicester: DWWWL

It’s been a topsy-turvy last few days for the Foxes, the club having clinched a first-ever FA Cup triumph on Saturday, before succumbing to a potentially costly defeat against their Wembley opponents, Chelsea, on Tuesday evening.

The two side’s showpiece showdown saw a stunning Youri Tielemans effort prove the difference, with former Leicester man Ben Chilwell denied a late equaliser courtesy of the tightest of offside calls.

 

Having got the better of Thomas Tuchel’s side at the weekend, the FA Cup winners were simply overrun by a rampant Blues display at Stamford Bridge in midweek, goals from Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho clinching victory for the hosts, despite a late Kelechi Iheanacho strike that set up a tense finale.

After the highs of their historic cup win, slipping up against the London club has left them with it all to do to secure a top-four spot, Liverpool having moved ahead of them into fourth following their win over Burnley on Wednesday.

With the Reds having a far superior goal difference, Brendan Rodgers’ men will have to win and hope results go their way elsewhere, or face squandering a place in the Champions League for a second successive campaign.

As for their final day clash with Spurs, defender Jonny Evans remains a doubt, having limped off midway through the first-half of the Cup final at the weekend.

Spurs: LWLWL

In what’s been a deeply disappointing campaign on and off the pitch for Tottenham, the mood has soured even further this week, following reports that star man Harry Kane has asked to leave the club.

While the England captain still has three years left to run on his current deal, Kane’s request has prompted speculation linking him with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Amid the current speculation, the 27-year-old could potentially have played his last game in front of the home support, with Spurs slipping to a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa in front of their returning fans on Wednesday evening.

That loss was met with a chorus of boos at full-time, the club now facing a battle just to secure a place in the maiden UEFA Europa Conference League next season, albeit with a slim chance of Europa League qualification should they win and rivals West Ham lose at the weekend.

At present, Ryan Mason’s side are in seventh and three points behind the Hammers in sixth, albeit with a superior goal difference, while they also have the likes of Leeds, Arsenal and Everton waiting in the wings to snatch seventh-spot and a place in the new third-tier continental competition.

As for this weekend’s must-win game, the north London club are still without Ben Davies who has been struggling with a calf issue since March, while fellow full-back Serge Aurier is also a doubt due to a groin injury.

Last Meeting

Spurs 0-2 Leicester, 20 December 2020

Jose Mourinho’s men were seemingly in a festive mood when the two sides last met, as they gifted their opponents both goals in a 2-0 defeat.

In what was a fairly uneventful first-half, Leicester finally managed to make the breakthrough in stoppage time, Jamie Vardy converting from the penalty spot after Serge Aurier had needlessly bundled into Wesley Fofana inside the area.

That lead was then extended early in the second half as Toby Alderweireld turned into his own net after Vardy’s initial flick-on, the away side easing to victory against their under-par hosts.

The result moved the Foxes up to second, four points behind then leaders Liverpool, while early title contenders Tottenham had begun their slide down the table, after picking up just one win five league outings.

Predicted Lineups

Leicester: Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Soyuncu; Albrighton, Ndidi, Tielemans, Thomas; Perez, Iheanacho, Vardy

Spurs: Lloris; Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Hojberb, Ndombele; Son, Alli, Bale; Kane

Who is the referee?

Anthony Taylor

What channel is it on?

UK and Irish readers can watch the match on Sky Sports.

What time is kick off?

Sunday 23 May, 16:00 BST

Odds

Leicester – 1/1

Spurs – 23/10

Draw – 3/1

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