FA Cup betting preview: In-form Tottenham to outfox fading Leicester

Ben Cleminson
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Harry Kane (left) and Spurs face Leicester in a repeat of last year's FA Cup clash (Source: Getty)

Premier League high-flyers Tottenham and Leicester go head to head in the FA Cup on Sunday in one of the ties of the third round.

It’s a different atmosphere from their cup meeting last year, which ended in a shock victory for then-top flight strugglers Leicester.

A Foxes win would certainly be no surprise this time around given their performances this season.

Goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez guided them to the top of the table at Christmas.

However, since the holidays, Leicester have experienced an alarming dip in form.

Claudio Ranieri’s men haven’t scored in three matches – the most recent game being an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Premier League new boys Bournemouth.

News of Vardy needing minor groin surgery has only added to Ranieri’s frustrations.

Meanwhile, Spurs are firing where Leicester are faltering.

On the whole, they’ve similarly surpassed expectations this year, losing just one league match all term.

They have three wins from their last four, and rightly go into this fixture as firm favourites.

Winning the FA Cup is an achievable target for Mauricio Pochettino. He could well name a full-strength side as he attempts to bring the trophy back to White Hart Lane for the first time since 1991.

Betway offer 8/13 for a home win, and I would be very confident of Tottenham progressing.

Their defence has been formidable at home this season, conceding just seven goals on their own turf.

With Vardy missing and Mahrez likely to be rested ahead of two Premier League games next week, I can see Spurs shutting Leicester out.

Couple this with a formidable attack led by the constantly dangerous Harry Kane, I would advise buying Tottenham supremacy at 1.05.


Tottenham 8/13 (Betway)

Buy Tottenham supremacy 1.05 (Sporting Index)

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