Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side will look to sign off before the World Cup on a high with a victory over Leeds United this weekend.
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It hasn’t been the easiest of times for Conte lately, with below par performances matched by disappointing results. Last weekend’s defeat to Liverpool was much of the same for Spurs, as an improved second half wasn’t enough to amend for an abysmal first period performance.
Trailing by two goals at half-time, Harry Kane’s 11th goal of an already impressive Premier League campaign had looked to drag Spurs back into the contest, but ultimately the North London outfit fell short.
The defeat marked Tottenham’s third Premier League loss in four outings, having been beaten in recent weeks by Manchester United and Newcastle United. What’s more, Sunday’s defeat was the third consecutive match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Conte’s side had failed to win.
Now left with just one outing before the World Cup interrupts the Premier League campaign, Spurs will be keen to finish on a high, with Leeds the visitors to the capital this weekend.
Despite their recent wobbles, Tottenham have traditionally enjoyed themselves against Leeds, winning five of their last six league matches against the Yorkshire outfit.
Granted, that record stretches back to Leeds’ last stint in the top-flight, with Spurs boasting three wins from four since they were promoted back to the Premier League in 2020/21.
Interestingly enough, Saturday’s meeting falls just one weekend short of the year anniversary since Spurs last played Leeds at home. A Sergio Reguilon strike secured three points that day, with the hosts having fallen behind to a first-half Daniel James goal.
Neither of those two players are at their respective clubs anymore, with Leeds themselves having changed drastically since last season. Under the stewardship of Jesse Marsch Leeds had endured a tough start to the campaign, but back-to-back victories against Liverpool and Bournemouth have catapulted them up the table.
While likely to enter Saturday’s clash as underdogs, Leeds won’t be a rollover for the struggling Spurs, as both teams eye a maximum before the World Cup break.
However, having last lost to Leeds at home in February 2001, expect a ruthless Spurs side to come out fighting and take three points during Saturday’s clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.