Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s clash against Leicester City tomorrow in North London.
Tottenham are looking to secure four consecutive home top flight wins for the first time at their brand new stadium. They last did so in the Premier League in December 2018, during their temporary stay at Wembley.
Both sides have the lure of Europe on their radar going into the game with Brendan Rodger’s side still able to finish in the top four while Spurs need to secure a place in the Europa League.
Leicester come into the match without a win in their last seven Premier League away games (D3 L4); it’s their longest run without a win on the road since a run of 15 between May 2016-February 2017.
Nicholas believes that Leicester’s incentive of Champions League qualification will prove to be too much for Jose Mourinho’s side in an error-filled encounter.
He told Sky Sports: “Brendan Rodgers has managed to manipulate his players a bit. I think he may have questioned them. Have they missed James Maddison? Kelechi Iheanacho has come in and done well, Jamie Vardy is firing again and Demarai Gray scored against Sheffield United. Can they prove to Brendan that they can compete at this level? What will they be panicking about?
“The way the season has panned out, I believe Leicester deserve to be in the top four. Their football has been great and their defending has been poor for only a small period, but it would be a bit of a crime if they were to miss out. This level of football can be a punishing league and Tottenham will say the same.
“Leicester look a better side than Tottenham. I watched them at Newcastle and Arsenal. Newcastle should have got something, but Tottenham are getting over the line and showing some character. They do have issues, and Leicester are the type of team to expose those.
“Leicester’s motivation to be in the top four will be too much, and if they win this one, I think they are there. I think Leicester must win this – it is that crucial.
“A win for Leicester would put them above Chelsea, who still have to play Liverpool and Wolves, and then a cup final against Manchester United follows for them. Man Utd will have to force the game, as Leicester have the far superior goal-difference.
“They will have to open up and Chelsea will need to beat Wolves, so I can see this happening. Tottenham will be a test for them. There will be lots of mistakes and action, but Leicester will run out winners.
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