MATCH PREVIEW: LEICESTER CITY VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS, FOXES WELCOME SPURS TO KING POWER STADIUM WITH A TOP-4 ON THE LINE
LEICESTER CITY VS TOTTENHAM
The current Premier League season has been full of ups and downs with excitement present at every minute of the campaign. And with just one match left before the curtains are dropped, the Premier League doesn’t have a confirmed top-4.
Leicester City has been living a dream for a few years now. And another chapter to their story was added when they won the FA Cup defeating Chelsea. But Brendan Rodgers and Foxes would know that the fans won’t be satisfied with a finish out of the top-4.
All eyes on the final game of the season 🦊
— Leicester City 🏆 (@LCFC) May 19, 2021
A mid-week loss to the FA Cup runners up at Stamford Bridge meant that their chances of Champions League qualifications have popped out of their hands. With Leicester failing to repeat their FA Cup heroics against Thomas Tuchel’s side, their season is hanging by a thread as of now.
But Brendan Rodgers knows that the golden generation of Leicester City won’t back down without a massive fight.
Tottenham Hotspurs have once again had a hot and cold season. A team that was once on the pinnacle on the table now finds themselves in the 7th position of the league. Spurs would be looking to win their final game after a shambolic loss to Aston Villa during their midweek game at home.
𝗙𝗨𝗟𝗟-𝗧𝗜𝗠𝗘 ⏱ Villa take the points.
The problems for the North-London club don’t seem to fade away as their star striker, Harry Kane has expressed his desire to leave. A win against the Foxes might be the perfect farewell gift for Kane if he leaves, who has been a massive figure for Tottenham.
Brendan Rodgers has had to deal with a lot of injury blows throughout the season. And most of these injuries have hit the squad when the team needed those players the most. Again when the Foxes will host Ryan Mason’s squad on Sunday they’ll be without the services of their centre-back Johnny Evans.
PREDICTED XI- Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Soyuncu; Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Thomas; Maddison, Iheanacho; Vardy
Interim manager, Ryan Mason has had a decent start to his new career. A CV that boasts of 3 Premier League wins out of 5 matches will get you a job in any league around the world. But one issue he hasn’t faced at his time at Spurs is injuries. He has a huge pool of strikers and midfielders to choose from going to the King Power Stadium and could field his best XI on the pitch as it’s the last game of this season.
PREDICTED XI- Lloris; Tanganga, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Lo Celso, Hojbjerg; Bale, Alli, Son; Kane
Whenever the Foxes are on the pitch it seems like they are weaving a story. With the perfect amount of goals, passes, blocks, and trophies they have all the ingredients to a flawless recipe. But every story needs a protagonist and Kelechi Iheanacho has been that man at Leicester. The Nigerian centre-forward has grown into his role under Brendan Rodgers shadowing the likes of club legend, Jamie Vardy.
The Manchester City reject has 12 goals in 24 appearances this season for Leicester City and has also racked up 2 pivotal assists. Iheanacho has been enjoying a purple patch for most parts of the season but his form in the later parts of this campaign has helped the Foxes to fly high.
Sunday ✅@67Kelechi is the first player in #PL history to score a goal on all seven weekdays within a single season 🇳🇬#CHELEI pic.twitter.com/m3zoOmIT97
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 19, 2021
Be it a brace against the Red Devils in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup or the decider against Southampton in the semi-finals, Iheancho has been a crucial figure at the King Power Stadium.
Another player who has been nothing short of brilliant is Leicester’s attacking midfielder James Maddinson. The England striker did miss a few parts of the season owing to an injury but since his arrival, the Foxes have risen again.
Scoring 8 wonder goals this season, Maddison is an integral part not only for Brendan Rodgers but also for Gareth Southgate with the Euros coming up this summer.
Just a young lad from Coventry with a dream. Last night I fulfilled that dream of playing for my country @england can’t begin to try and describe the satisfaction it gave me. Thankyou for all the messages🏴🦁 pic.twitter.com/2PQ23Ac6d1
— James Maddison (@Madders10) November 15, 2019
Whenever someone talks about who’s gonna be in the limelight when Tottenham plays only one player comes to your mind. Premier League top-scorer Harry Kane could once again be the star player for his team. Harry Kane has once again been bashing goals for fun at the London Stadium this campaign.
#PL Top Scorers 2020/21:
22 – Harry Kane, Mo Salah
18 – Bruno Fernandes
17 – Son Heung-min
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 16, 2021
With 22 goals this season, the talismanic striker would be excited to net another goal against his ex-team. Kane has been in on the team sheet for almost all the matches Spurs have contested and also has 13 assists to his name. If Mason goes for the front-three of Son, Kane, and Bale Leicester City might find it difficult to stop their opponents from scoring a few goals.
With Liverpool winning 3-0 against Burnley, Leicester City has a huge task in front of them. But the recent form of Ryan Mason’s team hasn’t been world-class. And therefore FootTheBall predicts that the Foxes might emerge victorious on Sunday with a scoreline of 3-1.