Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview – 08/12/2018

Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview – 08/12/2018

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Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

There’s a late Saturday kick-off in the Premier League as Tottenham travel to the King Power to take on Leicester.

Pochettino’s men lost and drew to the Foxes as they lost out on the 2016 Premier League title. They have since thrashed Leicester 6-1 at the King Power at the end of the following season, although they were defeated there, 2-1, last season. There’s usually fireworks in this fixture, as the 5-4 Tottenham win at Wembley on the final day of last season proved.

At Leicester, understandably there’s been a sense of calm perspective on the on-field matters after the tragic, untimely death of their chairman. While results are mixed, and they’re not picking up three points with enough regularity to really take advantage of the void in the top six left by an underperforming Manchester United, they’re still looking competitive. They’re unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions, are broadly where they might expect to be in the table (9th – but one point from 6th) and into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Leicester have only lost five games this season, each of them to sides above them in the table – Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Bournemouth. If Claude Puel is looking to push up the table and potentially qualify for the Europa League, it will mean taking points from the Champions League-chasing clubs that their competitors in mid table won’t. There’s also a sense they’re lacking a cutting edge and unable to turn tight draws into wins, having drawn against Fulham, Burnley and Brighton in recent weeks, having got through the last two Carabao Cup rounds on penalties after goalless draws against Wolves and Southampton.

They can maintain their 100% record of only losing to sides above them in the table, with odds of 1/1 with Bet365 and SkyBet for a Tottenham away win. With Chelsea and Manchester City to come before Christmas, they can complete the whole set of losing to the top eight while going unbeaten to those below. Having drawn five of their last six games, another draw can be backed at 5/2 with Ladbrokes – although it’s worth considering that Tottenham are the only side in the league yet to draw.

Each of Leicester’s last seven games in all competitions has featured fewer than 2.5 goals – that can be backed to happen once again at 1/1 with William Hill.

Tottenham suffered their worst defeat, putting in arguably their worst performance of the season, as they lost 4-2 at the Emirates last Sunday. But their form has otherwise been very good, and they’ve already shown an instant response as they defeated Southampton 3-1 in midweek. They’re back into the top four, having won eight of their last ten games in the league – the only defeats coming against Arsenal and Manchester City.

They’re also set to face Arsenal again before Christmas as they’ve got through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, and they’ve given themselves a chance of making the Champions League knockouts after putting their bad start behind them to defeat Inter and PSV.

After serving his suspension in midweek, Jan Vertonghen is available to return to the backline, but as he’s done recently, Pochettino might rest Toby Alderweireld and other key players, with a potentially season-defining trip to the Camp Nou coming up next week. This means that the first-choice attacking trio of Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli behind Harry Kane might be under threat, with Erik Lamela or Lucas Moura available to drop in.

Kane’s place seems non-negotiable when he’s fit, however. The England man was on the scoresheet again in midweek and is just one goal behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as top scorer. He’s got nine in the league, and has eight in his last ten appearances for club and country. He can be backed at 10/11 to score anytime with Ladbrokes, or 18/5 with William Hill to score two or more goals. He’s scored more goals against Leicester than any other club, with a ludicrous 13 from just eight games.

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