KICK OFF: Saturday 8th May 2021, 12:30PMEmbed from Getty Images
Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to give their slim chances of finishing in a top four spot come the end of the season a much needed boost when they travel to Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs are currently sixth in the league table, five points behind Chelsea fourth-placed Chelsea who play Manchester City on Saturday evening, while Leeds United occupy 11th position in England’s top-flight, just two points off ninth placed Arsenal. It’d be a significant achievement if Bielsa’s men finish above Arsenal come the end of the season.
Bielsa’s men have impressed many on their return to the Premier League this campaign, and there’s no doubting its been a successful one as they aim to strengthen their bid of finishing in the top-half.
The Whites, however, who have won 14, drawn five and lost 15 of their 34 Premier League outings enter Saturday’s contest with Spurs off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Brighton on May 1st, with Pascal Gross and Danny Welbeck scoring the goals in a comfortable victory for the hosts at the Amex.
Leeds United had been on a six-game unbeaten run in England’s top-flight entering the clash with Brighton, holding Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United to draws, whilst also beating Fulham, Sheffield United and a famous win at the Etihad against champions-elect Manchester City.
Tottenham, meanwhile, will enter this weekend’s contest off the back of a 4-0 win over Sheffield United last weekend with Gareth Bale scoring a hat-trick for the North London, his second in the Premier League and his first since December 2012 when he netted three against Aston Villa.
Ryan Mason’s side are still in the argument for a top-four spot, but they will need a lot to go in their favour in the final weeks of the campaign, with five points seperating them from London rivals Chelsea. They have won both of their league matches under Ryan Mason, who certainly appears to have unlocked the shackles since Mourinho’s sacking.
Spurs will face Wolves, Aston Villa and Leicester City in their final three fixtures and the trip to the King Power on the final weekend could yet prove decisive as a fascinating race for Champions League football enters its final stages.
PREMIER LEAGUE FORM (Last Six):
Leeds United: WWWDDL
Tottenham Hotspur: WDLDWW
Leeds United pair Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha will be assessed as they seek to recover from respective knee and thigh problems.Embed from Getty Images
Captain Liam Cooper returns from a three-match suspension but winger Helder Costa has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Tottenham’s interim head coach Ryan Mason is again expected to be without Ben Davies because of a calf injury.
Aside from that the former Spurs midfielder, has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.
Leeds United: Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Alioski; Koch; Harrison, Phillips, Roberts, Dallas, Bamford
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguillon; Lo Celso, Hojbjerg; Son, Dele, Bale; Kane
SCORE PREDICTION: Leeds United 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
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