On May 18th, Leicester City host Tottenham at the King Power Stadium, as Tottenham look to add to their personally historic season and Leicester look to finish as high as possible.
Leicester City clawed their way out of the relegation slog weeks ago and now have their sights firmly set on finishing as high as they can. Despite dropping as low as 17th this season, Leicester could be as high as eighth, if they win their game in hand and results go their way. Despite a disappointing title defense, Leicester could still finish around where people were projecting them to finish before the season which is remarkable because if you’d checked www.maxfreebets.co.uk odds on Leicester being relegated when Ranieri was still in charge they’d have been short odds.
Tottenham have already locked up second place, but they will look to continue improving their best every Premier League season. They have already registered 80 points, eight more than they have ever registered in a Premier League season. Spurs will look to improve on their record point tally and set the bar high for next season.
Leicester will be missing some major players for this match with captain Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Danny Drinkwater, and Nampalys Mendy all expected to miss out.
Tottenham will be without Erik Lamela and Danny Rose as they have been the majority of the second half of the season. It has been known for a while that Lamela would not be coming back this season, but it was just announced that Rose had surgery and will possibly miss the beginning of next season.
Leicester City: Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez has been unable to hit the the heights of last season. His goals are down, his assists are down, and his overall play hasn’t consistently reached the levels it did last season. Despite all this, he’s still probably Leicester City’s most dangerous player. He still registers more completed dribbles per 90 minutes than any other Leicester player with at least 1000 minutes played and is second on the team in key passes per 90 minutes. The Algerian has failed to be the player of the season he was last year, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still pose Tottenham some serious problems.
Tottenham: Harry Kane
There have been plenty of impressive players for Tottenham this season, including PFA young player of the season Dele Alli and Tottenham player of the year Christian Eriksen. Even with those two, Harry Kane is still arguably the biggest threat to Leicester, as he looks to increase his already impressive tally of 17 non penalty goals and 22 total goals this season. Leicester’s defense has hardly been the toughest to penetrate this season, a problem that is made worse with all the injuries. Kane will see this as a chance to lift himself in the golden boot race, as he is just two goals behind leader Romelu Lukaku.
Tottenham should win this match handily. They’re the far superior team in the match up, their biggest issue would be possible complacency, since they have nothing to play for. If they can overcome that, they should come out victorious.