Leicester’s reign as Premier League champions has come to an end but they will hope to underline their progress under Craig Shakespeare by seeing off second-place Tottenham in their final home game on Thursday.
The Foxes, who can be backed at 16/5 to win, have had to hand over the Premier League trophy to Chelsea in the past week after struggling to defend the crown they sensationally won 12 months ago. It’s been a season of two halves for Leicester as title-winning boss Claudio Ranieri had them in relegation trouble at the turn of the year before Shakespeare came in to steady the ship in February.
They will want to finish the campaign in front of their own fans on a high and were unlucky not to at least get a draw at Manchester City on Saturday. They face a formidable Spurs side, though, who have impressed everyone again this term under Mauricio Pochettino’s astute leadership.
Tottenham will finish second this season and, while their title challenge has ultimately fallen short, they have progressed further in 2016-17 with Jan Vertonghen, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen all among the star men who have guided them to their best-ever Premier League finish.
Fresh from celebrating the final-ever game at White Hart Lane with a win over Manchester United on Sunday, Pochettino could make some changes for the King Power trip, with Mousa Dembele among those hoping for a recall. The Argentine is short of options in defence as Danny Rose is out – and could miss the start of next season due to a knee injury – while Kyle Walker is also absent with an ankle injury and Kieran Trippier is unavailable too.
The visitors are the favourites to come out on top, at 20/23, and Leicester’s task is made even more difficult as Shakespeare is without a host of senior players on Thursday. Wes Morgan, Robert Huth, Nampalys Mendy, Danny Drinkwater and Andy King are all sidelined and several youngsters could be drafted into Leicester’s squad for the game.
The pressure is off both sides, however, so expect an open match with chances and goals. Kane is currently two goals behind Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Premier League golden boot so he will be fired up to add to his tally and is therefore worth backing in the first, last (both 16/5) and anytime (20/23) goalscorer market.
With injuries disrupting both squads and with little at stake other than pride it is a difficult game to predict but a draw, on offer at 50/23, could reward punters with 2-2 in the correct score market (13/1) an attractive option.
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