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Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur
Sam Allardyce has not had the impact at Leeds he would have dreamed of but there is still a chance that he could pull off another miracle escape. Leeds need to beat Spurs or they are relegated but if they do go ahead, the fans in the ground will start looking at their phones more than the match waiting for updates in Leicester and Everton’s matches.
This game is not a dead rubber for Spurs either, as Aston Villa have a tough final match against Brighton, they know a win here would give them a good chance of leapfrogging Aston Villa into the final European place which would have been the club’s minimum expectation at the start of the season.
This has the opportunity to be the match of the weekend with the result affecting things at both ends of the table and fans of several teams will therefore be keeping at least one eye on this match. This piece covers the team news for both teams as well as offering a tasty-looking Leeds v Spurs bet builder for what should be an entertaining game.
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Leeds longing for last day miracle
Leeds’ are in a tricky situation but they are still very much a part of this relegation battle. Leeds do not have to worry about results elsewhere unless they manage to get themselves ahead, if Leeds fail to win this match they will be relegated. Only once they are ahead can they afford to worry about what is going on elsewhere and Sam Allardyce will be keen to instil that mindset on his Leeds players. Leeds have taken just 1 point from Big Sam’s 3 matches in charge but they were not blessed with an easy run in.
Games against Manchester City, Newcastle and West Ham are all tough and finishing with a game against Spurs is no easier. Leeds are without a win in 8 but will at least be buoyed by their opposition also being in poor form.
Leeds’ biggest problem right now is conceding goals, they have conceded in all of their last 14 matches and at least twice in all of Big Sam’s matches in charge so far. Leeds bet builder predictions have to account for this poor Leeds defence and against the likes of Harry Kane, Leeds will likely need more than 1 goal if they are to get a win here.
I hate it. I said to the players when I came in, I wanted to be in a position where if we win, we stay in the league no matter what. That’s not happened. I’m disappointed from that point of view because we had the opportunity.Sam Allardyce reflects on his first three games as Leeds manager
Leeds United team news
After injuries to key players in their last game against West Ham, the good news for Leeds is that Rodrigo should be fit and will be in the squad from the start of the match.
Patrick Bamford also suffered injury in that match, Allardyce said in his press conference on Friday they will wait and see with him as they want to give him as much chance as they can, if Bamford doesn’t start then he is certainly not fit enough to play and will be out of the squad entirely.
However, it sounds like he is very close to being ready and Allardyce said he would be willing to risk it and play players that may not be fully fit. Leeds will also benefit from the return of Junior Firpo after his suspension due to his red card against Newcastle, he will likely come straight back into the team.
Mason’s men search for win to fuel European hopes
Most Spurs fans will be happy to see the back of this season, they are currently struggling to find a manager that wants to join them, securing a Conference League football in this last match may help them there. Spurs are 1 point behind Aston Villa and if they can overtake them on the last day they will get the final European place available in the Premier League.
Spurs have been struggling for form recently, however 4 of their last 5 losses have come against teams in the top half. Spurs’ away from recently has been a long way from the standard they would expect, they have not win in 9 away from home. Of these 9 they have lost 7, only picking up draws at Southampton and Everton.
Harry Kane continues to be Spurs main man, he has scored a sensational 28 goals for a struggling Spurs team. He is in great form right now and has scored in all his last 5 away matches, against Leeds’ leaky defence he will be confident of adding to his tally for the season here.
Absolutely. The history. It’s Tottenham Hotspur. It’s a big club. Anyone here should feel the privilege and honour to represent this badge, If they don’t they shouldn’t be here, simple as that.Interim Spurs boss Ryan Mason discusses the feeling working for the club should inspire in the next permanent manager
Tottenham Hotspur team news
Spurs have a number of injury problems to make their task even harder this weekend, Cristian Romero is still injured along with the likes of Eric Dier, Hugo Lloris and Rodrigo Bentancur. The good news for Spurs is that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been in training and he should be fit enough to start.
Ryan Mason opted for a 4-2-3-1 against Brentford due to injuries in their last match, with Spurs still lacking options at the back we can expect them to go for a 4 at the back system again here.
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Rodrigo is one of Leeds’ best players and the fact he is fit for this game is a massive boost for Leeds. Leeds know they have to go and score in this match as they have to win so while they will try to stay defensively solid, they will push forward and create chances.
Rodrigo has been one of their most dangerous players since Allardyce took over. Rodrigo has averaged 1.22 shots on target per 90 this season and has had a shot on target in all 3 of Allardyce’s match in charge despite the tough fixtures.
Allardyce mentioned in his press conference that they had seen a lot of Spurs’ weaknesses in their match against Brentford that Leeds will try to exploit. Brentford’s right winger Mbeumo scored 2 goals in that match, if Rodrigo is starting at right wing again here then he certainly has an opportunity here.
Leeds have been very weak defensively, having failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 14 matches. Leeds need to win so if they concede they will be forced to push forward to try and score themselves. The good news for Leeds is they haven’t struggled to score goals, they have scored in all of their last 12 matches.
Both teams to score has landed in all of their last 12 games. Spurs have also struggled in defence, they have kept just 1 clean sheet in their last 11 matches. Spurs will probably need to win to get a Conference League spot so they will also be pushing for goals as well.
Spurs have scored in all of their last 11 matches with both teams to score landing in 10 of these. Both teams need the three points here and are very open teams, which should lead to a high scoring game.
Harry Kane is having one of his best seasons in English football, he has 31 goal contributions, including 28 goals, in the Premier League this season, even for a struggling Spurs team.
Kane is in sensational form right now and as captain with Lloris out, he is leading by example. Kane has a goal contribution in 12 of his last 13 matches for club and country.
Leeds are struggling to defend against strikers, Ings got an assist and Wilson scored two from up front against Leeds. In fact, in Leeds’ last 5 matches, Erling Haaland is the only striker to not get a goal or assist against them.
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