Tottenham v Leeds
Saturday January 2, 12:30
Tottenham denied on the dying
Tottenham have been denied victory in opposition to Wolves final Sunday by a Romain Saiss header 4 minutes from time at Molineux. Jose Mourinho‘s males led for 85 minutes after Tanguy Ndombele had pushed house a low 20-yard shot from Ben Davies’ lay-off after simply 57 seconds. But Spurs have been made to pay for sitting on their lead late on within the Black Country.
Having taken an early benefit (and never for the primary time this time period), Tottenham retreated too far into their shell. Wolves admirably shackled Spurs’ star duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, with neither getting a clear sight of aim, while the guests’ greatest two alternatives to add to the scoreline fell to Spanish defender Sergio Reguilon.
After the sport, Mourinho mentioned it was by no means his intention to defend the slender lead and as a substitute questioned his gamers for not exhibiting extra ambition to go for extra objectives. The Spurs boss mentioned, “Defending deep, that’s not the intention. They know what I asked them at half-time, if they couldn’t do better it’s because they couldn’t do better.”
Leeds bounce again in model
Leeds silenced latest critics by following up their 6-2 defeat at Man Utd with back-to-back victories over Burnley (1-0) after which West Brom (5-0) in midweek. The Whites scored 4 objectives in a rampant first-half show at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening, however have been gifted the opening aim when Romaine Sawyers bizarrely handed into his personal internet from 25 yards.
From that time Marcelo Bielsa‘s males totally dominated. Ezgjan Alioski‘s crisp drive and Jack Harrison‘s thumping close-range end have been adopted by Rodrigo’s deflected shot, successfully ending the encounter as a contest. Another swift assault resulted in Raphinha reducing inside and curling fantastically into the highest nook to full the rout after the break.
Despite the swashbuckling show, Bielsa has warned his aspect should attempt to carry out extra constantly within the Premier League after demonstrating all of their attacking aptitude. The Argentine mentioned: “We have only been in this league for 16 games and there are still many challenges and many tests we have to pass before we can legitimately say we belong.”
It’s virtually 17 years to the day since Tottenham and Leeds faced-off in Premier League motion with Spurs having fun with a 1-0 success at Elland Road. The hosts have held the upper-hand in latest match-ups with the Whites, taking high honours in 4 of the duos previous 5 league conferences, though Leeds have been 2-1 victors in the latest contest within the FA Cup in 2013.
Tottenham 1.875/6 have been being talked up as real Premier League title challengers little greater than a fortnight in the past however Spurs’ are nearer to the bottom-half than the league leaders following a return of 1 win in six (W1-D2-L3). The hosts have registered W6-D5-L0 in opposition to sides beneath them within the standings, though house shows have not at all times satisfied.
Leeds 4.30100/30 received seven of their 16 video games within the Premier League this season, solely six newly-promoted groups within the competitors’s historical past have picked up extra victories at this stage of a season. However, the Whites have a tendency to be overawed by the league’s elite, transport over 50% of their total Expected Goals Against (xGA) to final season’s top-six finishers (W0-D1-L4).
Only 5 of Tottenham’s 15 league tussles this time period have featured Over 2.5 Goals 1.454/9 with 5 of seven house outings additionally producing fewer than two strikes. Jose Mourinho’s males have not notched greater than two objectives since mid-October within the Premier League, though the hosts ought to be offered with a couple of alternatives to impress on Saturday.
Stylistically, this showdown ought to swimsuit Spurs. Leeds’ all-action, man-to-man press has fallen down in opposition to the Premier League’s main lights and Tottenham’s effectiveness in transitions is probably going to lead in direction of loads of goalmouth motion, while United’s 30-goal tally is the second-best return for a newly-promoted group within the competitors’s historical past.
With the aim strains already slightly too quick to help, I’m joyful to maintain issues easy by supporting a Spurs win. The aforementioned proof suggests Leeds’ adventurous approach is probably going to be picked aside by Tottenham’s medical forwards within the capital.