Leeds United vs. Tottenham Hotspur – English Premier League, May 8, 2021
Leeds fans will be happy that Jose Mourinho has been named the new Roma manager after Marcelo Bielsa was linked with the job last week. He refuses to commit to another contract, and everyone connected with the club is hoping that he is waiting for the season to be over before deciding on his future.
This Saturday, his Leeds side faces Tottenham. Tottenham still has an outside chance of a top-four finish but will more likely be keen on making sure of its Europa League place.
Leeds United vs. Tottenham Hotspur Odds
A flurry of goals and the exit of Jose Mourinho have inspired BetOnline to make Spurs the favorite to come away from Elland Road with another win.
The poor performance from Leeds last time out would appear to back up that judgment. Still, the draw bet might be the best value of the three here.
Leeds was nowhere near its usual energetic self at the weekend, as it slumped to a 2-0 defeat away at Brighton. After a six-game unbeaten streak – including fixtures against Manchester City and Liverpool – it looked like it might be the moment that Leeds started to slow down for the season.
It is not as if this team hasn’t put the effort in during the campaign. Leeds has consistently been one of the more enthusiastic sides in the Premier League.
Bielsa might want a reaction to the weekend’s defeat, though, so Spurs shouldn’t take this too easily.
There will be other players aside from Gareth Bale that feel a weight has been lifted off. Still, the Welsh attacker took full advantage of Ryan Mason’s new tactics on Sunday, as he helped himself to a hat-trick in the 4-0 thrashing of already relegated Sheffield United.
Harry Kane somehow failed to get on the scoresheet in that game – and that’s something that Leeds should be worried about this Saturday, in my opinion. Dele Alli also returned to the first team but failed to make up for lost time under Mourinho. It will be interesting to see if Mason perseveres with the England international now.
Betting Pick for Leeds United vs. Spurs
Although some saw Leeds’ performance against Brighton as an end-of-season slowdown, I think that it might just be a blip with a return to form this weekend. Bielsa doesn’t strike me as the type of manager who allows his players to take it easy.
Spurs are also on a very good run of results as they attempt to clinch a European spot, so the draw might be the most likely outcome.