A match of huge significance as aspiring to European Cups Spurs host sitting in 4th Leicester at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. We preview this clash that could see Spurs move into 6th giving them the opportunity to perform in Europa League next season.
Who is playing?
Tottenham vs Leicester City
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchday 37
What time is Spurs vs Leicester City?
16:00 GMT, Sunday 19th July 2020
Where do Spurs play?
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
Where can I watch Spurs vs Leicester City?
Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League
Thoughts on Spurs vs Leicester City
It’s fair to say both sides are in extreme pressure before stepping into this one. Tottenham sitting in 7th, one point below 6th Wolves, have set their hearts on Europa League as Champions League is officially out of their reach this season. Leicester, on the other hand, is currently 4th with 62 points to their name (same as Man Utd) with only one point below 3rd Chelsea.
Spurs are most likely only one point away from Europa League qualification, which is the more or less bare minimum expected from Jose Mourinho after getting hired in November 2019. It’s more than crucial for the team to end up in 6th place this season. Spurs are yet to go through another squad revolution in the summer and European Cups is one of the strongest cards to attract high-quality players.
Champions League or Europa League? That’s the question The Foxes should ask themselves. One thing is certain, they will not end up below 6th place and very unlikely 5th place. Only one point separates them from unbeaten in 19 games Man Utd breathing down their neck. With just two games to play until the end of the season, the things get heated more than ever. If Leicester, as well as Man Utd, seal a win in matchweek 37, it will all come down to the last game of the season where The Foxes will take on Red Devils at their own stadium.
Brendan Rodgers has already competed with Mourinho six times in his career, unfortunately never achieved to win against the Portuguese. The two have already crossed their paths in Chelsea in 2004. It was the time when Rodgers was making his first baby steps into his managerial career with u18 whilst Mourinho got signed by Chelsea to take over their squad after winning with FC Porto the most prestige European title – Champions League Cup. Therefore, it’s fair to say the match has a tremendous personal as well as a professional value to both managers. With no doubt, this is one of the tough ones to call.
European Cups within reach for Spurs?
Spurs would have been unbeaten since Premier League return If not their impotence and poor defending against Sheffield United on 2nd July which ended up as a very unfortunate 3-1 defeat for the North Londoners. Besides that one slip, the team has been showing us how much it is dying to perform in Europa League next season. For the club of that calibre, it’s not ideal, but like they say “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”. All in all, it’s hard to imagine watching European competitions without ‘The Special One’, right?
Since Premier League return, Mourinho’s Spurs are in not too shabby form by averaging 2.00 PPG which is respectively 0.47 more than usual. Statistics prove that Spurs love to perform at their own stadium – 11 wins compared to four away is a significant difference. Every Premier League fan experienced watching wonders that Mourinho’s bus formation did in the past and nothing seemed to change this time out as the team concedes 0.94 goals per game at home compared 1.61 away.
It’s trial time for Leicester!
It wasn’t a successful return to football for The Foxes. Being knocked out of FA Cup in quarter-finals against Chelsea and winning only two out of seven league games is not a pleasant sign for the team very much aspiring to maintain among Champions League qualifiers for next season. A win is a must in this one to keep their elite European dreams alive. Brendan Rodgers is also very much looking forward to redeeming himself for his 14/15 Champions League campaign failure where his team (Liverpool that time) got eliminated from the group stage and later on quickly lost in Europa League in the round of 32.
It’s been a time of huge regress for The Foxes since winning Premier League title in 15/16 season. Thankfully, after three years of having difficulties and registering very mediocre statistics in mid-table, the team looks better than ever. What strikes us the most is how well organised they are in defence and offence.
The team concedes overall only 1.00 goals per match, which is 4th best in the league right after Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd. We also know when Leicester are on it, they give their opponents a hard time. With Jamie Vardy leading upfront they register respective 13.25 shots and 1.86 goals per game. The team also averages 2.06 PPG at home compared to 1.39 PPG away and as they are guesting a game against Spurs it makes things worse for Champions League aspirants, Leicester City.
Tottenham recent matches:
- Newcastle United (a) 1-3 win
- Arsenal (h) 2-1 win
- Bournemouth (a) 0-0 draw
- Everton (h) 1-0 win
- Sheffield United (a) 3-1 defeat
Leicester City recent matches:
- Sheffield United (h) 2-0 win
- Bournemouth (a) 4-1 defeat
- Arsenal (a) 1-1 draw
- Crystal Palace (h) 3-0 win
- Everton (a) 2-1 defeat
Tottenham top contributors:
- Heung-Min-Son (Forward): 21 Premier League goal involvements: 11 goals + 10 assists – The Korean has been presenting himself very solidly since the Premier League return by scoring three times and assisting twice to their fellow teammates.
- Harry Kane (Forward): 17 Premier League goal involvements: 15 goals + 2 assists – The English striker has finally found the net twice against Newcastle United last time out after his goalless three matches. Unfortunately, he is nowhere near beating his ’30 goals in the single-season’ record due to the injury he got on 1st January which excluded him from playing football for a few months.
Leicester City top contributors:
- Jamie Vardy (Forward): 28 Premier League goal involvements: 23 goals + 5 assists – The English striker is confidently heading for his first-ever Premier League golden boot. He is currently leading with 23 goals leaving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang behind with 20 goals.
- Harvey Barnes (Midfielder): 14 Premier League goal involvements: 6 goals + 8 assists – The Englishman worked his way up in the Leicester’s hierarchy which translated into minutes on the pitch. He played in 34 out of 36 matches in total this season. He assisted twice in only 15 minutes of play against Crystal Palace on 4th July which impacted massively on change of score from poor 1-0 to a solid 3-0.
|21st September 2019||LEI 2-1 TOT||Premier League|
|10th February 2019||TOT 3-1 LEI||Premier League|
|8th December 2018||LEI 0-2 TOT||Premier League|
|13th May 2018||TOT 5-4 LEI||Premier League|
|28th November 2017||LEI 2-1 TOT||Premier League|
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