Preview - Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City 13 May 2018

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Match Day 38
Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City
Sunday, May 13th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wembley Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur: 
Last five matches form: D L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.86
Average goals against per match: 0.86
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (28)

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: L D L L W
Average goals per match: 1.41
Average goals against per match: 1.49
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (18)

Not much at stake as Tottenham bid farewell to Wembley Stadium on the closing day of the season. The home side would undoubtedly rather finish third than fourth, but with Champions League football already guaranteed, the downside of failing to win is really not that great.

Leicester meanwhile could move up to eighth should they win here, and Everton fail to beat West Ham, but again as far as incentives go that's not the biggest of carrots. The Foxes did at least show they aren't on their holidays quite yet though with a 3-1 win over Spurs North London rivals, Arsenal, in midweek.

One man who likely will be up for this is Spurs front man, Harry Kane. Needing a hat-trick to draw level with Mo Salah in the race for the golden boot, memories of the flourish with which he finished last season will likely have the England man still believing.

The knocks and niggles are beginning to mount up for Spurs ahead of this game. Harry Winks is definitely out, whilst there are also doubts surrounding Moussa Dembele, Serge Aurier, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama.

Leicester aren't much better off on the injury front, with no fewer than ten players being listed as out or doubtful. Matty James, Wilfred Ndidi, Robert Huth, Ben Chilwell and Marc Albrighton are the ones definitely set to miss out.

Two good attacking sides free to let their hair down should lead to an entertaining affair, particularly with both sides having doubts at the back. Take Spurs to outshoot their visitors.

 Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 2 Leicester City


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 5 - 4
Shots:  14 - 16
Shots on target: 6 - 9
Corner Kicks: 4 - 4
Possession: 65% - 35%

Victor Wanyama was booked for Tottenham, with Leicester City's Hamza Choudhury and Adrien Silva also having their names taken by referee Craig Pawson.

What a game at Wembley Stadium as Spurs marked their final home game at the National Stadium with a nine goal thriller.

Leicester took the lead in just the fourth minute. Riyad Mahrez swinging in a free kick towards the near post and Jamie Vardy getting there first to head across Hugo Lloris and into the far corner.

Three minutes later Spurs struck back. Harry Kane robbing Danny Simpson and racing into the left-hand side of the box, firing past keeper Eldin Jakupovic at his near post to level the scores.

In the 16th minute Leicester nosed in front again. Demarai Gray's ball into the box taking a deflection and a scuffed shot before falling to Mahrez around the penalty spot. No mistake from Mahrez who found the bottom left corner.

Things got even better for Leicester in the 48th minute. Kelechi Iheanacho picking the ball up around 30 yards out before advancing and unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top right corner.

Spurs reduced the deficit in the 50th minute. Nice passing through midfield seeing Kyle Walker-Peters receive the ball in the right hand side of the box before playing a low ball across the area. Erik Lamela the man on hand to tap in.

In the 53rd minute we were all square again. Clever backheel from Lucas Moura to find Lamela in the area. Lamela's strike looked to be heading just wide but deflected in off Christian Fuchs for the own goal. 3-3.

A case of déjà vu for Tottenham's fourth. Walker-Peters getting to the ball first on the right-hand side of the box before again playing in a low ball for Lamela to finish into the bottom corner.

Leicester's turn to come from behind now. Emphatic finish into the top corner from Vardy having been played in on the left-hand side of the area by Mahrez in the 74th minute.

The winner came in the 77th minute. Harry Kane picking up the ball just outside the area before cutting inside on the edge of the box and curling a beauty into the right-hand side of the goal. 5-4 final score.

The win was enough to secure third for Tottenham. Leicester end their campaign in a respectable ninth.

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