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Tottenham vs Leeds: Premier League preview

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ottenham will hope to bounce back from a difficult run and begin 2021 on a high as they host unpredictable Leeds on Saturday.

Reaching the Carabao Cup semi-finals aside, Spurs have been out of sorts of late and have failed to win any of their last four Premier League matches since the north London derby triumph over Arsenal on December 6.

Consecutive defeats by Liverpool and Leicester were sandwiched between disappointing draws against Crystal Palace and Wolves, though Tottenham should at least be refreshed heading into the New Year after their midweek clash with Fulham was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Cottagers’ camp.

Leeds are full of confidence after edging past Burnley and thrashing struggling West Brom 5-0, while they also put five past depleted Newcastle earlier this month. 

However, Jose Mourinho boasts a strong record against Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds’ vulnerabilities were recently highlighted by a 6-2 drubbing by rivals Manchester United.

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Tottenham face Leeds in a lunchtime kick-off in north London this weekend

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Date, kick-off time and venue

Tottenham vs Leeds is scheduled for a 12:30pm GMT kick-off on Saturday, January 2, 2021.

The game will take place behind closed doors at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with London under Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions.

How to watch Tottenham vs Leeds

TV channel: BT Sport subscribers can watch the match on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 11:30am.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers can also watch via the BT Sport website and BT Sport App.

Tottenham vs Leeds team news

Mourinho will be expected to revert back to a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 system against Leeds after switching to a back three last time out at Wolves.

He must decide whether Serge Aurier or Matt Doherty gets the nod at right-back, with Moussa Sissoko likely to return to midfield and Ben Davies expected to drop to the bench.

Either Erik Lamela or Steven Bergwijn will join Harry Kane and Heung-min Son in attack, with Gareth Bale and Giovani Lo Celso both sidelined and Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius doubtful.

Predicted Tottenham XI (4-2-3-1):  Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele; Son, Lamela, Kane.

Leeds have a lengthy injury list, with the likes of Gaetano Berardi, Adam Forshaw, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente all out.

Captain Liam Cooper is unlikely to return, while Mateusz Klich was substituted with a knock at West Brom.

Tottenham vs Leeds prediction: 3-1 home win

While Leeds have been very impressive of late, they are just as capable of conceding a hatful of goals as they are scoring them and this will be their third fixture in just six days during the busy festive period.

It is easy to see this being a game too far for a relatively small squad, though Tottenham must discover their attacking touch after a meagre few weeks in the top-flight.

Tottenham vs Leeds head to head (h2h) Premier League results

  • Tottenham wins: 8
  • Leeds wins: 10
  • Draws: 6
  • Last meeting: Leeds 0-1 Tottenham (10/01/04)

Tottenham vs Leeds odds and betting tips (subject to change)

  • Tottenham win: 4/5
  • Leeds win: 7/2
  • Draw: 100/30
  • Over 2.5 goals: 1/2

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