Kick-off: 1230, 02/01/2020
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Leeds enjoyed a sensational 5-0 win at West Brom on Tuesday but have found visiting the Premier League’s biggest clubs tough so far this term.
The Whites have lost away to Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United, conceding 13 goals in the process, which makes Tottenham worthy favourites for this contest.
Spurs also have the pace up front to expose Marcelo Bielsa’s ambitious man-marking system and 4/5 for a home victory is our opening Tottenham vs Leeds prediction.
A Look At Tottenham Hotspur’s Betting Odds
Tottenham were guilty of being too passive after Tanguy Ndombele’s first-minute strike at Wolves and paid the price when Wanderers grabbed a late leveller.
“Defending deep, that’s not the intention,” moaned Jose Mourinho. “They know what I asked them at half-time, if they couldn’t do better it’s because they couldn’t do better.”
Mourinho will have been hoping to take out his frustration on Fulham in midweek, but the Cottagers had to call off that clash due to coronavirus issues.
Instead, it could be Leeds who feel the backlash, with Spurs desperate to end a four-match winless run in this competition and get their top-four hopes back on track.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min will have studied how other elite-level forward lines have ripped apart the Leeds defence and look capable of following suit.
Examining the Tottenham vs Leeds odds, we like 23/10 for a home win and over 3.5 goals in the game.
Last Spurs line-up: Lloris, Doherty, Reguilon, Sanchez, Davies, Hojbjerg, Winks, Dier, Ndombele, Son, Kane.
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Leeds were given a helping hand by Romaine Sawyers’ comical own goal inside the first 10 minutes at The Hawthorns but then scored some cracking goals in that impressive victory.
Ezgjan Alioski, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo made it 4-0 before half-time and Raphael Raphinha wrapped up the victory with a sweet strike from the edge of the box with 18 minutes left.
“All of the goals were great finishes,” Harrison told the club website. “We knew in the final third we had to be a bit more clinical and try to finish our chances.”
The Whites had previously beaten Burnley on home turf but it is a 6-2 drubbing at Manchester United which sticks in the mind when looking ahead to this tough test.
Bielsa has shown no signs of adapting his tactics to combat the threat of opposition attacks and that will again be a dangerous game to play here.
“It’s about continuing our style of play,” added Harrison. “We don’t have to change for anyone, or for any reason.
“As long as we play like that, we know it works for him. We have all the trust in the manager; when he tells us to do something, we do it.”
Leeds have scored in all seven away games this term and have netted a division-high 17 times on the road, so they will have their moments.
However, we’re taking 11/1 for Spurs to prevail 3-1 for our final Tottenham vs Leeds prediction.
Last Leeds line-up: Meslier, Ayling, Struijk, Alioski, Dallas, Harrison, Phillips, Klich, Bamford, Raphinha, Rodrigo.
Wolves 1-1 TOTTENHAM – Tanguy Ndombele
West Brom 0-5 LEEDS – Romaine Sawyers (og), Ezgjan Alioski, Jack Harrison, Rodrigo, Raphinha
Head-to-head: Leeds 2-1 Tottenham, Leeds 1-3 Tottenham, Tottenham 2-2 Leeds
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