Leicester was one of only two English Premier League teams that did not lose at White Hart Lane in Tottenham’s final season at the ground and the Foxes have more incentive to win Thursday’s reverse fixture between the sides.
Tottenham cannot move up or down from the second rung on the English Premier League ladder and its players will be coming down from the high of beating Manchester United 2-1 in the last competitive game to take place at White Hart Lane. One could forgive Tottenham for being somewhat drained by the pressure of winning its White Hart Lane farewell match and, with 2017 not being either a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship year, many Spurs players will be thinking more about hitting a beach than beating Leicester on the road.
Interim Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has managed to not only get the Foxes away from the English Premier League drop zone but also inspire them to a potential top-10 finish – they will end up above halfway on the ladder if they beat Tottenham and Bournemouth in their remaining games, both of which will occur at their King Power Stadium. Leicester has got the better of, among others, Liverpool and Manchester City on its home pitch and, therefore, one thinks that the Foxes are hugely overpriced at odds of +350 with Betfair to topple a potentially disinterested Tottenham.
Not only does Tottenham have nothing obvious for which to play but also its away statistics are why it came up short in the English Premier League championship scrap. Tottenham is 7-6-4 in its 17 English Premier League road matches but Spurs have posted just one road victory over a team ranked higher than 13th. No-one in their right mind could back Tottenham at odds on in the circumstances and, rather than get approximately even money about Spurs failing to defeat Leicester, take the longer odds that the Foxes triumph.
Sunderland is exiting the English Premier League in disgrace and, with Arsenal keen to improve its goal difference in the battle for one of the division’s UEFA Champions League spots, taking a punt on the Gunners winning both halves of Wednesday’s game appeals at odds of -118 888Sport, Unibet and 32Red.
Stadium of Light spectators booed Sunderland mercilessly during Saturday’s English Premier League match in which the Black Cats did not put up a fight against a Swansea side that required points to stay in the division – Hull fans were absolutely furious when they found out how the game panned out because the result all but relegated the Tigers. If Sunderland’s players could not lift themselves to perform in front of their team’s own supporters, one does not think that they will be too bothered about making life hard for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. We have reached the stage of the English Premier League season but one is willing to overlook statistics and go with one’s gut. And one’s gut is that Arsenal will dominate Sunderland for 90 minutes.
Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has made it clear that the UEFA Europa League is his priority but he will not want to see the Red Devils torn apart in their English Premier League match at Southampton on Wednesday. Under two and a half goals is paying -125 with BetVictor and Paddy Power and, given the English Premier League data of Southampton and Manchester United, it completes one’s midweek portfolio.
Only 17 of Southampton’s 36 English Premier League games have gone under two and a half goals but 11 of them have landed on three goals, which explains why Saints matches are averaging 2.44 goals. A competition-leading 23 of Manchester United’s 36 English Premier League games have gone under two and a half goals, including nine of its 18 away matches.
Leicester to beat Spurs
Thursday 18th May, 19:45 GMT
Arsenal to win both halves
Tuesday 16th May, 19:45 GMT
Southampton v Manchester United – Under 2.5 goals
Wednesday 17th May, 19:45 GMT