Leeds v Tottenham Betting Tips: Spurs hope to maintain top-four charge
Tottenham are flourishing under interim manager Ryan Mason who has steered the club to back-to-back wins and strengthened their hopes of gate-crashing the top four.
A comeback victory against Southampton followed by a Gareth Bale-inspired 4-0 triumph over Sheffield United means they remain five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and are priced at 11/10 to beat Leeds in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
Mason says Spurs have “four massive games” coming up, starting at Elland Road, the focus for our Leeds v Tottenham Betting Tips.
Tottenham ran out 3-0 winners when the teams met at the start of 2021 but that was not the whole story as Leeds peppered their opponents’ goal with 16 shots without reward.
United struggled against elite teams in 2020 but since the turn of the year they have beaten champions-in-waiting Manchester City and drawn with Liverpool and Manchester United.
Marcelo Bielsa’s entertaining side are 5/2 to pick up another point against one of the traditional top six and 9/4 to win, although a lacklustre 2-0 defeat Brighton last time out suggests that may be beyond them.
United could be missing a couple of key players on Saturday and with Spurs scoring six goals in their last two Premier League games, we go an away win and over 2.5 goals at 2/1 or 13/4 on a win to nil in the Leeds v Tottenham odds, just like in January.
Interestingly, only Manchester City have a better first-half record than Spurs this season, whereas Leeds have been the fourth worst performers in the opening 45 minutes, even at home where they have been ahead just three times.
Spurs led 1-0 at the break four months ago and are 33/20 to be ahead again, with a 1-0 scoreline priced at 17/5.
Skilful Brazilian winger Raphinha is still no nearer making a return to the Leeds ranks after sustaining a thigh injury against Manchester City and equally concerning is the absence of Kalvin Phillips whose presence was sorely missed at the Amex Stadium.
Helder Costa sat out the same game with a back injury he picked up against Manchester United but Liam Cooper has served his three-match suspension so Bielsa has all his centre-backs available for the remaining four games.
Mason has almost a full-strength squad to choose from although it remains to be seen whether Giovani Lo Celso will be available after his head appeared to be stamped on by Blades midfielder John Fleck which resulted in his substitution.
Bale scored a sublime hat-trick against Sheffield United at the weekend and is priced at 40/1 to bag another treble in West Yorkshire.
A more likely scenario is for the on-loan Real Madrid attacker to find the net at 13/10 or open the scoring at 7/2, the same price as Harry Kane, the Premier League’s top scorer with 21 goals.
Son Heung-min has struck three times in his last four Premier League appearances and is 9/5 to score any time while Leeds striker Patrick Bamford is 17/10 and Stuart Dallas 10/3 to be on target.
Bamford is Leeds’ top scorer with 14 but has not found the net in his last five, whereas Dallas bagged a double in the 2-1 win at Manchester City for his sixth and seventh goals of the season and he takes an average of 1.2 shots per game.
Where: Elland Road
When: 12:30, Saturday 8th May
How to watch: BT Sport 1
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication