Can Leicester Secure Champions League Football?
Last updated: May 18, 2021 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||King Power Stadium|
|Last Meeting:||Spurs 0 – 2 Leicester|
This is a crucial week for football as we wind up the Premier League. Leicester is aiming to build on their FA Cup success by qualifying for the Champions League. Tottenham’s Champions League hopes are all but over, but they could still qualify for the Europa League.
Leicester City is having a dream season after winning the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history and could ultimately qualify for the Champions League. The Foxes have been wonderful this season under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers blending his experienced players with new talent well to challenge for European football for the second successive season. We are set for a thrilling European qualification finale with eight teams battling to secure the two UEFA Champions League slots for next season. The Europa League and the inaugural UEFA Conference League could be consolation for sides that fail to qualify.
The Foxes, third, face Chelsea, fourth, before this weekend encounter in two games that will have a broad significance on the table standings. Brendan Rodgers has a career-defining week focusing on his players’ mentality as they try to avoid repeating the top four heartbreak of last season. Leicester failed to qualify for Europe after losing the last two games of the season. One of those two defeats came against Tottenham, who they face on the season’s final day. However, they are undefeated in the last six League games against Chelsea, who they face tonight (Tuesday) and won the reverse fixture against Spurs, which is likely to raise the optimism of getting over the line this time around.
They need four points from the next two games, and if they fail would be looking over their shoulder for results from the other matches. Tottenham and Leicester City both have twelve wins each and five draws between them in the Premier League. However, both teams are in good form, winning three, drawing one and losing one in the last five games.
Leicester City has already impacted this seasons campaign by beating Manchester United to hand Man City the trophy. However, they have another chance to impact who plays in Europe, with their two games crucial in deciding the fate of whoever qualifies in the Champions League.
Vardy is irreplaceable regardless of age; he remains the talisman of the side with thirteen goals and nine assists but has netted just once in the last thirteen appearances. The rise of Kelechi Iheanacho, who deputised well when Vardy was injured, has netted eleven goals this season. In addition, James Madison (eight goals, five assists) is a significant auxiliary player that can provide goals from set-pieces and open play.
Spurs are five points away from the top four, which means some of their optimistic support will be hoping that Chelsea loses against Leicester and then loses against Aston Villa on the final day. They will also be prying that Liverpool fail against Burnley and Crystal Palace in their final two games. But, again, a very unlikely scenario, and it’s more probably that Spurs will qualify for the Europa League.
In their last game, Tottenham beat Wolves 2-0, which was significant after coming on the back of a heavy 3 – 1 humbling by Leeds United.
Ryan Mason has won each of his first three home games, with his side recording twenty-four shots, thirteen on target. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored and assisted for the first time proving to be an important player for the Spurs.
It has been a long thirteen years and four months since Tottenham won a trophy, and the wait will go on after they blew their only chance of silverware this year by losing in the Carabao Cup final 1 – 0 to Manchester City. Daniel Levy has tough decisions to get right ahead of him, starting with the manager and how he handles Harry Kane’s situation.
If they don’t qualify for the UEFA Champions League, they will find it tough to rise the ranks to the status they had attained before. On the other hand, a team that played in the final of the Champions League two years ago could ply their trade in the Europa League. Not a walk in the park as well, with sides such as Juventus looking likely to compete.
A tough hit would be losing their best players, and anyone who has been on social media or watched Sky Sports News will be well aware of the speculation surrounding Harry Kane. The England’s captain tally of thirty-five goals involvements is only bettered by Robert Lewandowski (forty-seven) and Lionel Messi (thirty-nine). He has the most goals in a Premier League season since August 2014, with 162 goals followed closely by Sergio Aguero 130, which shows how prolific he has been. However, the 28-year-old has spoken of his desire to win trophies, and Tottenham often looks like a failed project rather than a work in progress.
Leicester City would be praying to shake off the ghosts of last season, losing the last two games of the season to fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Jamie Vardy on thirteen goals and Kelechi Iheanacho on eleven goals are Leicester’s main goal threat.
Kane tops the scoring and assists charts with twenty-two goals and seventeen assists, while Son Heung-Min has seventeen goals and ten assists.
Kane could leave Spurs, and it would be interesting where the England captain lands next season, a move that could dent Spurs, who have not won a trophy in thirteen years.
|Leicester (4-2-3-1):||Schmeichel, Castagne Soyuncu, Fofana, Pereira, Ndidi, Choudhury, Tielemans, Albrighton, Maddison, Vardy|
|Subs:||Ward, Amartey, Fuchs, Thomas, Mendy, Iheanacho, Perez, Praet, Morgan|
|Injured:||Evans, Justin, Under, Barnes|
|Spurs (4-3-3):||Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Bale, Ndombele, Son, Kane|
|Subs:||Hart, Rodon, Aurier, Lamela, Moura, Vinicius, Alli, Tanganga, Winks, Sanchez|
So Far This Season
|Leicester This Season||Spurs This Season|
|20 (11)||Wins (away)||17 (7)|
|5 – 0 v Sheffield||Biggest Win||6 – 1 v Man United|
|6 (3)||Draws (away)||8 (5)|
|0 – 3 v West Ham||Biggest Defeat||0 – 3 v Man City|
|Vardy (13)||Top Goal Scorer||Kane (22)|
|Y56, R0||Discipline||Y54, R2|
|5||Failures to Score||5|
|56%||Both Teams to Score Games||53%|
|61%||Over 2.5 Goals||53%|
|39%||Under 2.5 Goals||47%|
- Leicester City and Tottenham have played twenty-nine time, an even contest with both sides winning twelve times and drawn the other five-time.
- Leicester City has an average of 1.42 chances created and 1.81 goals per match, while Spurs is averaging 1.72 Chances and an average of 1.75 goals scored per match.
- A race for the golden boot with Harry Kane tied with Mohammed Salah on twenty-two goals.
- This match has a significant impact on the European qualifications that would go down to the last day of the season.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|20/12/2020||EPL||Tottenham 0 – 2 Leicester||Vardy 45’|
|19/07/2019||EPL||Tottenham 3 – 0 Leicester||Justin 6’|
|21/08/2019||EPL||Leicester 2 – 1 Tottenham||Kane 29’|
|10/02/2019||EPL||Tottenham 3 – 1 Leicester||Eriksen 63’|
|08/12/2018||EPL||Leicester 0 – 2 Tottenham||Son 45’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
With both teams involved in mid-week fixtures before this game, momentum could well decide this game. Tottenham has the easier game on paper, facing Aston Villa, whereas Leicester faces Chelsea, eager for revenge after losing out on the FA Cup.
Leicester is likely to concede on the counter-attack, especially with the pace of Kane and Son. We, however, feel the feel-good factor around Leicester will see them over the line for Champions League qualification. Therefore, we are going for a Leicester win with Harry Kane to score at any time as a side bet. You can get the best football odds for this game at 888sport.