Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City Prediction- 7/19/20
Trying to earn a spot in the next season’s Europa League, 7th-placed Tottenham Hotspur will play host to 4th-placed Leicester City, who are still battling for a chance to play in the Champions League. Kick-off - at 11:00 AM ET on Sunday, July 19.
Tottenham Beat Newcastle
Tottenham Hotspur kept pace in their bid to finish in the top-six of the Premier League this season after notching a 3-1 victory against Newcastle United away at St James’ Park on Wednesday. Two second-half headers by Harry Kane, who passed the 200-goal mark at club level in his 350th game, sealed the deal for Spurs, who are unbeaten in four consecutive league outings (W3 D1). Son Heung-min also scored, as Tottenham now sit 7th in the standings (W15 D10 L11), trailing the top-six by a mere point.
English marksman Kane leads Spurs with 15 Premier League snipes for the year. Goalie Hugo Lloris, meanwhile, sits 14th in the EPL with 74 saves. He has picked up five clean sheets in 19 appearances this season and allows a goal every 81 minutes on average. Tottenham have netted the 6th highest quantity of goals during the ongoing campaign (57), while taking the 11th highest amount of shots per game (11.9). The team is 7th in both ball possession (51.9%) and passing accuracy (81.5%).
Leicester Triumph Over Sheffield
A two-game winless run (D1 L1) ended for Leicester City, who banked a 2-0 victory against Sheffield United at King Power Stadium on Thursday to keep their hopes of finishing in the top-four on track. 19-year-old defender Luke Thomas recorded an assist on his senior debut, setting up Ayoze Perez’s first-half opener before Demarai Gray made it 2-0 in the following frame. The Foxes are unbeaten in four straight EPL home games (W3 D1), having kept a clean sheet in all of them. The team sits 4th in the standings (W18 D8 L10), level on points with 5th-placed Manchester United, but with a better goal differential.
English striker Jamie Vardy leads Leicester and the whole Premier League with 23 strikes for the season. Goalie Kasper Schmeichel, meanwhile, resides 10th in the EPL with 94 saves. He has recorded 13 clean sheets in 36 games during the current campaign and gives up a goal every 90 minutes of play. The Foxes have scored the 3rd highest number of goals this year (67), while registering the 5th highest quantity of shots per game (13.9). The team is 4th in ball possession (55.0%) and 6th in passing accuracy (82.6%).
Even though Manchester United are hot on Leicester City’s heels for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, with both teams currently level on 62 points, the Foxes definitely look like the likeliest candidates for a slip-up. They have failed to win any of their past seven travels (D3 L4) and have already dropped their previous two trips to see off Tottenham Hotspur, who themselves need a win here to boost their chances of European soccer next season. Spurs are riding a four-game unbeaten run (W3 D1) and have been defeated in just one of their last eight league fixtures (W4 D3 L1).
Tottenham to win (+130)