Football Tips: Your 3 best bets for Leicester v Spurs with an 8/1 punt

Our tipster Colin Harvey can see this going one of two ways.

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Leicester and Tottenham meet in a rearranged Premier League game on Wednesday night and it’s fair to say both side’s schedules are absolutely all over the place. To summarise how crazy things are the the moment, this is Leicester’s first Premier League game since December 28th.

Since Spurs last played in the Premier League they’ve won an FA Cup 3rd Round clash as well as losing both legs of their Carabao Cup semi final meeting with Chelsea. The one game The Foxes have played in 2022 was a 4-1 FA Cup thrashing of Watford 11 days ago.

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These two have both played the fewest games in the Premier League so far with each on 18 heading into this one. Spurs, who are 6th, are still well in the hunt for a top-four finish despite having four games in hand over West Ham in 4th. The Hammers currently have just four points more than Antonio Conte’s side. Honestly.

It’s been a poor season by recent Leicester standards. Brendan Rodgers’ boys are 10th, eight points behind Spurs who occupy the last Europa League spot. It’s a tricky game to call given that these two have played a grand total of one EPL game in the last 23 days, but let’s see where your 3 best bets for this one lie.

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Short Priced Punt: Over 2.5 Goals

When two teams are out of practice it can go one of two ways. You could get a glorified pre-season friendly with each side trying to play themselves back into fitness while concentrating on keeping the ball and preserving energy.

I think we’ll get the other option which is mistakes all over the place, a frantic spectacle and lots of tiring bodies leaving plenty of space as the game goes on. These two love to get among the goals and, while Spurs have been improving at the back, they’re hardly peak Atletico Madrid.

Though their last Premier League games were a while ago, The Foxes have had Over 2.5 Goals in six of their seven most recent games. For Spurs, it’s four in seven, with two of those missing the target by just one goal. I think Over 2.5 Goals is a great bet for this game and it’s also landed in seven of the last nine times these have met in the top flight.

Value Play: Tottenham to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1

While I’m generally averse to backing Spurs given their unquenchable thirst for self-destruction, I think they’re the bet here. There have been big improvements under Conte and Leicester are seriously under-strength.

The Foxes have 11 players missing through injury and international call ups with all of them being at least close to their best starting XI and most of them coming from the backline. While Spurs have their own issues, they’ve been playing more regularly than Leicester and will be far closer to full fitness.

This Tottenham to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 bet backs Leicester to breach Spurs but for the visitors to overrun their hosts as the game goes on. At a bit of a price we’re covered for a few likely results here.

Long Shot: James Maddison to Score First

I like the look of James Maddison to Score First as a big-odds punt. He took a while to find top form this season and their unofficial winter break probably came at a bad time for him.

However, he’s a player that relishes the limelight and with Leicester missing a whole starting XI, this could be another game where he steps up to the plate. A threat from all over the final third, Maddison always has a chance of getting on the scoresheet.

He’s got four in his last six Premier League matches and two of them were Leicester’s opener in that game. If he’s fit and starts, he could grab the first goal of the game to kick Spurs into life.

Leicester v Tottenham tips

Short Priced Punt: Over 2.5 Goals
Value Play: Tottenham to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1
Long Shot: James Maddison to Score First

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

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