Leicester must beat Spurs in front of a home crowd if they're to keep Champions League hopes alive on Sunday
Leicester City face the final game of their season with plenty on the line on Sunday, as Spurs visit the King Power Stadium trying to achieve something themselves.
After defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday night, Brendan Rodgers’ side must win if they are to keep their top four hopes alive, having watched Liverpool leapfrog them into fourth by beating Burnley in midweek. If they’re pipped to the post as they were last season, Leicester will have spent 68 of the last 71 league games in the top four, and not qualified for the Champions League once.
Spurs also have plenty to play for, having lost 2-1 to Aston Villa on Wednesday in a game where they came in for huge criticism for off-field decisions. The club welcomed back fans to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium by charging them £60 a ticket, then making them sit in the top tier of the ground, having not removed advertising boards in the lower tier.
As things stand, Spurs are on course to qualify for the UEFA Conference League’s inaugural season, but anything other than a win at Leicester will see either Everton, Arsenal or both overtake them if they win their games against Manchester City and Brighton respectively.
That means that Arsenal, after all their troubles this season, could finish this season ahead of Spurs, despite at one point this season the Gunners being as low as 15th, and Spurs topped the table. Plenty to chew over for Ryan Mason and co.
As for matters on the pitch, Leicester are without Jonny Evans with an ankle injury, as well as longer-term absentees James Justin and Harvey Barnes. Cengiz Under has only an outside chance of being available as he struggles with a hip problem, and could have played his last game for the club as he looks to be heading back to Roma after his loan expires.
Leicester confirmed this week that two more players are bidding farewell once the final whistle goes. Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs, two key players in the incredible title winning season of 2015/16 are both leaving, with Morgan hanging up the boots for good.
For Spurs, Japhet Tanganga has ankle ligament damage and is out, while Ben Davies has a calf problem that puts his participation in Euro 2020 with Wales in doubt. Serge Aurier could be recalled at right-back in place as a result.
Leicester City take on Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, May 23rd. Kick-off is at 4pm.