Leeds United need several results to go in their favour if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
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Leeds United are not yet dead and buried, but their chances of staying in the Premier League are slim at best.
The Whites are priced at 1/33 to go down in bet365’s relegation market, compared to Leicester City at 1/6 and Everton at 3/1.
Those three teams battling to avoid the two remaining demotion spots alongside Southampton, who are guaranteed to finish bottom.
Unlike Everton and Leicester, Leeds need all three results to go in their favour if they are to keep their heads above water.
First, Sam Allardyce’s side must collect all three points from their meeting with Tottenham Hotspur – no ifs, no buts.
They must then hope that Leicester fail to beat West Ham United, and that Everton lose at home to Bournemouth.
On account of their inferior goal difference, a draw for the Toffees would require Leeds to defeat Spurs by three clear goals.
And if either Everton or Leicester were to emerge triumphant, Leeds’ race would be run no matter what happens at Elland Road.
As for Tottenham, a win on the final day would see them qualify for the Europa Conference League if Aston Villa fail to beat Brighton & Hove Albion.
Whether they even want to be in the continent’s third-ranked competition is another question entirely.
Leeds United vs Tottenham Hotspur betting tips
Leeds United must beat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday – but that looks like a tall order.
Tottenham to win – 11/8 (bet365)
This has been a season to forget for Leeds.
They actually started reasonably well, collecting seven points from the first nine available to sit third in the early standings.
The Whites registered a memorable 3-0 victory over Chelsea and they were the only team to win at Anfield this term. But there have been few other moments to cheer for the Elland Road faithful in 2022/23.
Jesse Marsch, who was never truly able to win over the supporters, departed in early February. Leeds then made a mess of his succession, eventually landing on Javi Gracia after several preferred targets rejected their overtures.
The Spaniard oversaw wins against Southampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest, but things soon unravelled with back-to-back home thrashings by Crystal Palace and Liverpool. Gracia clung on for a while longer, but the writing was on the wall.
In an act of desperation, Leeds turned to Sam Allardyce for the final four games of the season.
But the veteran manager has not been able to make an impact so far, with the Whites drawing one and losing two of his first three matches at the helm.
Leeds have an unfortunate habit of collapsing within games, just as they did in the second half of last weekend’s 3-1 loss to West Ham.
If negative news were to filter in from Goodison Park or the King Power Stadium, Leeds may struggle to hold things together.
Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score – 8/11 (bet365)
First and foremost, Allardyce was appointed to solidify a defence which has conceded five goals to Crystal Palace, six to Liverpool and four to Bournemouth since the beginning of last month.
With 74 goals conceded at an average of two per game, Leeds have the leakiest defence in the division.
Allardyce was given scant time to turn things around and there has been no discernible improvement on his watch. Indeed, Leeds have shipped an average of 2.33 per match under the one-time England manager.
Perhaps their best chance of victory on Sunday is by embracing the chaos and going on the attack. Such an approach would enliven the Elland Road crowd, especially if Leeds are able to create a couple of early chances.
Tottenham are in poor form too. They have taken only four points from the last 21 available. Many of their fans would not be too disappointed to lose this match and thus miss out on the Europa Conference League, which some consider an inconvenience more than an opportunity.
The players on the pitch might not feel the same, though, and their professional pride dictates they will be trying to win the game in front of them.
Both teams have scored in 10 of Tottenham’s last 11 Premier League outings. In 11 of Leeds’ last 12 matches, there have been over 2.5 goals. Combining those two selections into one would be an astute pick.
Harry Kane to score any time – 21/20 (bet365)
Tottenham have had a very underwhelming season, but Harry Kane has continued to put the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis.
The England captain has scored 28 times in the Premier League despite this being one of the poorest Spurs sides he has played in. A brace on Sunday would make this the joint-most prolific campaign of his career.
As we have established, Leeds are not particularly resolute at the back. They have gone 13 matches without a clean sheet and seem unable to deny opponents chances.
Kane will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing a backline that usually has multiple holes in it.
This might even be the striker’s last appearance for his boyhood club, so he will be especially keen to make his mark.
How to watch Leeds United vs Tottenham Hotspur
- Location: Elland Road, Leeds, England.
- Date and time: Sunday 28 May 2023, 4.30pm.
- How to watch: BT Sport 1.
About the author
Greg Lea is a freelance football writer from London. He predominantly covers the Premier League and has had work published by the Guardian, FourFourTwo, ESPN and others.
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