Thursday 18 May

Leicester vs Tottenham Match Preview

18 May 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Leicester City

  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
18 May 2017

Tottenham Hotspur

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 18 May 2017

With very little to play for at the business end of the 2016/17Premier League season, this is a game that will definitely give us passion and fight after the recent history between the two clubs. Leicester’s extraordinary title win last season must’ve hurt Spurs fan the most after they were heard singing “Leicester City, we’re coming for you” in several of their final games. Of course, the Foxes fan have used that against Spurs fans all season long, both sets of players will be right up for it.

STATS

  • Leicester’s form has improved dramatically under Craig Shakespeare as he’s taken them from relegation candidates to top-half contenders. They’ve won 2, lost 2 and drawn 1 of their last 5 league games along with only narrowly missing out on a place in the Champions League semi-final.
  • Tottenham have been brilliant in their push for the title but have ultimately come up short to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side. They’ve won 4 of their last 5 games but their 1-0 loss away at West Ham put an end to their hopes of winning their first Premier League title.
  • Since Shakespeare came in as manager, Jamie Vardy has really rekindled the form he showed last season in front of goal and with 12 goals in the league, he’s turned his poor season into a respectable one.
  • Harry Kane still has a small chance of picking up the Premier League golden boot as he is only 2 goals behind Romelu Lukaku, who’s leading the list. A goal or two against Leicester will help his chances heading into the final day of the season on Sunday.

HEAD TO HEAD

The last 4 league meetings between the two sides have been completely even as both sides have won 1 game each with the other games ending as draws. Both sides have scored in 9 of the last 10 league games between the sides. The last meeting back in October ended 1-1 as Spurs were awarded a very dubious penalty to take the lead before Ahmed Musa equalised.

Head to head matches: Leicester City - Tottenham Hotspur

29.10.2016 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Leicester City 1:1
20.01.2016 FA C Leicester City Tottenham Hotspur 0:2
13.01.2016 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Leicester City 0:1
10.01.2016 FA C Tottenham Hotspur Leicester City 2:2

LEICESTER CITY NEWS

As the Foxes have had to confirm their place in the Premier League next season as well as a very respectable Champions League journey which took them to the quarter-final, they’ve picked up several injuries along the way. They’ve got a problem at centre-back as Robert Huth and Wes Morgan are both out injured while Papy Mendy, Andy King and Danny Drinkwater are all unavailable for selection in centre-midfield through injuries. This might make a victory much harder for the Foxes to achieve.

Latest matches: Leicester City

13.05.2017 Prem Manchester City Leicester City 2:1 L
06.05.2017 Prem Leicester City Watford FC 3:0 W
29.04.2017 Prem West Bromwich Albion Leicester City 0:1 W
26.04.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Leicester City 1:0 L
18.04.2017 UEFA Leicester City Atletico Madrid 1:1 D

TOTTENHAM NEWS

While Spurs have absolutely nothing to play for as they’ve wrapped up second place in the Premier League, they’ll still be desperate to take all 3 points from the King Power Stadium. With very few injuries, they should be able to at least come away from the East Midlands with a point. Danny Rose and Erik Lamela are the two notable absences who have been out for some time now, so won’t affect the team at all at this stage.

Latest matches: Tottenham Hotspur

14.05.2017 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United 2:1 W
05.05.2017 Prem West Ham United Tottenham Hotspur 1:0 L
30.04.2017 Prem Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal FC 2:0 W
26.04.2017 Prem Crystal Palace Tottenham Hotspur 0:1 W
22.04.2017 FA C Chelsea FC Tottenham Hotspur 4:2 L

SUMMING UP!

Even though the Foxes will have the fantastic support of their home fans behind them in this game, they’ll struggle to win against a very strong Tottenham side. Spurs will look to take advantage of Leicester’s defensive problems but the hosts showed that they can still compete as they dominated Pep Guardiola’s Man City side in the second-half of their last match and were unlucky to come away from the game empty handed. It should be a good game as far as end-of-season clashes go and both sides will look to attack and win the match.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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