Premier League: Tottenham v Leicester City Preview

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Tottenham v Leicester City

Sunday, May 13 – 15:00

Tottenham beat Newcastle 1-0 on Wednesday night, thanks to a second-half goal from striker Harry Kane. The result secured a Top 4 finish for Spurs, and manager Mauricio Pochettino praised his side’s efforts to break down a stubborn Magpies defence. A win today would see Spurs end their current campaign in third place with 77 points – nine fewer than they managed to collect in the 2-16/17 season.

Leicester City claimed a 3-1 victory over Arsenal in their last league match, with Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy, and Riyad Mahrez all netting for the home side. The result put an end to a five game winless run for the Foxes, and seems to have temporarily silenced rumours over manager Claude Puel’s future at the club. Leicester City currently sit ninth in the Premier League table, a win today could see them leapfrog Everton to finish eighth for the season.

What the stats tell us:

  • Tottenham have only managed to win one of their last five matches against Leicester City in the Premier League (D2 L2).
  • The last time the Foxes did the league double over Tottenham was back in 1998/99.
  • Tottenham have a 36% win rate against Leicester in the Premier League (4/11) – only against Chelsea (19%) and Man United (23%) have they won fewer games.
  • Leicester have lost each of their last two matches against Spurs at Wembley Stadium, losing the League Cup final in 1999 and the FA Cup final in 1961.
  • The Foxes have failed to win each of their last six matches in London (D3 L3) – their last game in the capital was a 5-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.
  • Spurs are now guaranteed to finish in the Top 4 for the third successive season – the first time they’ve achieved this feat since a run of five campaigns between 1959/60 and 1963/64.
  • The last club to beat both North London teams in consecutive matches in the Premier League was Man United in August 2011.
  • Harry Kane has scored nine goals against Leicester City in the Premier League – more than he has against any other club in the competition.
  • Those nine goals include two hat-tricks, with one coming in a 6-1 win at the King Power and the other in a 4-3 win at White Hart Lane.
  • Kane has netted 28 goals in the Premier League this season – two today would see him hit the 30 goal mark for the first time.

It’s been another successful season for Spurs, but once again Mauricio Pochettino has not managed to bring silverware to the club, so fans will be expecting some major investments over the summer. Tottenham have a poor record against Leicester, but with Harry Kane keen to hit the 30 goal mark we could be set for a lively affair this afternoon. Our tip: Kane anytime.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta