Leicester City will be doing all they can to secure Champions League football when they host Tottenham Hotspur in the final game of the season on Sunday at 4pm (UK time).
The Foxes have slipped outside the top four for the first time this season as Liverpool leapfrogged them with just one game remaining.
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Where to watch Leicester vs Tottenham on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Football
- US: NBCSN
Leicester vs Tottenham predicted XIs:
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Jonny Evans will be sidelined for this game, joining James Justin, Cengiz Under and Harvey Barnes on the treatment table. Ben Davies and Japhet Tanganga remain out of action for Spurs.
- Leicester: Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Soyuncu; Pereira, Ndidi, Tielemans, Thomas; Perez; Vardy, Iheanacho.
- Tottenham: Vardy; Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Lo Celso, Hojbjerg; Bale, Alli, Son; Kane.
Can Foxes avoid second successive Champions League heartbreak?
Last season, Leicester spent 30 consecutive weeks in the top four, from game six to game 36, before losing their final two games to drop down to fifth, missing out on Champions League football. The first of those two losses was against Tottenham Hotspur.
This time around, the Foxes were in the top four from the opening game right until dropping out on week 37, with just one win from their last four games allowing Liverpool to move ahead on goal difference. Now, Leicester need to beat Spurs on the final day and hope Liverpool slip up against Crystal Palace, or if both sides win, the Foxes need to score four more goals than the Reds.
“I don’t think it’s over yet. I have that optimism,” Rodgers said of the top-four race. “If we do our job, we can do no more than that.
“What we don’t want is for the door to be open for us and us not to walk through it. So we need to get a victory and see where it takes us.”
Despite Rodgers’ optimism, Leicester’s fate is now out of their hands. Sure, they will end the campaign with the FA Cup in the trophy cabinet regardless and, if you ask any fan, they’ll likely tell you that’s what matters most. But to fall out of the top four right at the end of the season for the second year in a row would still be a source of serious heartache for players, management and supporters alike.
Could this be Harry Kane’s last game for Spurs?
Though they currently occupy the Europa Conference League spot, Tottenham can still secure Europa League football for next season with a win here, coupled with West Ham losing at home to Southampton. No player has scored more goals or contributed more assists in the Premier League this season than Harry Kane (22 and 13) and he’ll undoubtedly play a key role in moving Spurs up into sixth. But if he does, will that be his last contribution to the north London club?
It is believed that Kane is finally looking to end his spell with Spurs to go in search of Champions League football. Prior to the weekend, the England international admitted he wants to be playing in the ‘biggest games’ and that an ‘honest conversation’ with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is on the cards.
“I want to be playing in the biggest games, the biggest moments,” he said on The Overlap with Gary Neville. “This season I’m sitting there watching the Champions League and watching the English teams doing amazing, and those are the games I want to be involved in.
“So, I’m definitely in a moment in my career where I have to reflect and see where I’m at, and have a good, honest conversation with the chairman [Daniel Levy].
“I hope we can have that conversation and I’m sure he’ll want to set out a plan, but ultimately it’s going to be down to me and how I feel, and what’s going to be the best for me in my career.”
With a new manager yet to be appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor, this latest narrative only adds to the uncertainty surrounding Tottenham ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
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Premier League 2020/21 recent form:
- Leicester: LWLDW
- Tottenham: LWLWW
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