Mark Lawrenson has claimed that Tottenham’s clash against Leicester is a good opportunity for Antonio Conte’s men to get their top-four pursuit back on track after the Foxes’ midweek exertions.
Spurs looked to be the overwhelming favourites to get the fourth spot until a couple of weeks ago but the picture has changed massively since then.
The Lilywhites managed just one point from their fixtures against Brighton and Brentford while their North London rivals, Arsenal, beat both Chelsea and Manchester United to move two points above them in the table.
With Spurs now playing catch up, Antonio Conte will want his side to get all three points against the Foxes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and put pressure on Mikel Arteta’s side, who travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham later the same day.
Lawrenson believes that Leicester’s exertions against Roma in the Europa Conference League semi-final on Thursday make Brendan Rodgers’ side ideal opponents for Spurs.
The pundit told BBC Sport: “Tottenham have dropped points in some unexpected places in the past couple of weeks, losing at home to Brighton and then being held by Brentford. I think this is a good game for them to get their top-four bid back on track, though.
“Leicester played Roma in the Europa Conference League semi-final on Thursday, with the second leg next week, and that competition is their priority now because winning it is the only way they are getting back in Europe next season.”
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West Ham had to travel to Germany in mid-week and have to overcome a one-goal deficit in the second leg, which means that Moyes will likely field a weakened team against Arsenal.
So we have to assume that the Gunners will get all three points. That makes the clash against Leicester a must-win game for us to keep our Champions League hopes alive, especially given that we still have to travel to Anfield.
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