Match Preview: Leicester City vs Tottenham on 23/5/2021
The Foxes looked on course for Champions League qualification but again, as last year, they have slipped up late in the season and need help if they’re to secure a top four spot. They head into the final day of the 2020/21 campaign in fifth, level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool but with an inferior goal difference.
Brendan Rodgers’ side must now hope the Reds falter, at home against Crystal Palace, or that Chelsea drop points away at Aston Villa, all while taking all three points themselves at home to Tottenham. Spurs can also qualify for European football – if West Ham lose against Southampton – with a win so there’s plenty to play for at the King Power in a game that could be Harry Kane’s last in a Spurs shirt.
“We’ll talk about the different situations that may arise in the game,” Rodgers said ahead of the game. “I think ultimately we set out to win the game. What’s important is that you can’t overcomplicate it. For us, if there is a point where we do need a goal, we would want to have something in place for that.
“However, it’s something where I’ve had an experience before, as you well know, where if you get too emotional and you think you can chase goals, it can go against you. The key is to win the game, and get three points.”
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What is the Europa Conference League?
The Uefa Europa Conference League (UECL) is a new competition starting in the 2021/22 season. It will be the third tier of European football after the Champions League and Europa League.
Clubs qualify based on their performances in national leagues and cup competitions. For example whoever finishes seventh in the Premier League will take part in the UECL next season.
Vying for that spot are West Ham, Tottenham and Everton but one of those clubs will finish in sixth meaning they’ll take a place in the Europa League instead.
Michael Jones23 May 2021 15:25
Premier League final day: A look back at the season
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Leicester vs Tottenham – Changes
In what is perhaps the game with the highest stakes today Brendan Rodgers makes just one change his the Leicester side that lost to Chelsea during the week. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Ayoze Perez.
Ryan Mason makes two changes to the Spurs line up. An injury to Japhet Tanganga means Matt Doherty starts at right-back and Davinson Sanchez comes in for Eric Dier.
Teenagers Dane Scarlett and Nile John on the bench.
Michael Jones23 May 2021 15:17
Aston Villa vs Chelsea – Changes
A easy week for Dean Smith who names the same starting XI that won at Tottenham last time out. Jack Grealish leads the Aston Villa side as he tries to stake his claim for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euros next month.
Midfielder N’Golo Kante out for Chelsea with a hamstring issue so Mateo Kovacic returns to the midfield in Thomas Tuchel’s only change.
Michael Jones23 May 2021 15:14
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – Changes
Jurgen Klopp names an unchanged team for this crucial game at Anfield. Gini Wijnaldum is expected to leave the club over the summer, although that remains speculation, but he captains the Reds today.
Jordan Henderson, who has been sidelined since February, is named on the bench.
Roy Hodgson makes two changes to the Crystal Palace line-up in his last game in charge of the Eagles.
Jeffrey Schlupp and Christian Benteke are replaced by Jairo Riedewald and Jordan Ayew respectively.
Michael Jones23 May 2021 15:11
Team news elsewhere
Sergio Aguero starts on the bench for Manchester City as they look to cap off their title winning season with another victory.
Leicester’s club captain Wes Morgan also starts on the bench for his last game at the club.
Bruno Fernandes isn’t in the squad for Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives him a rest before the Europa League final on Wednesday.
Michael Jones23 May 2021 15:07
Leicester vs Tottenham – Team news
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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – Team news
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Aston Villa vs Chelsea – Team news
Michael Jones23 May 2021 15:02
Premier League final day: Goodbye Roy
Roy Hodgson is also leaving his role at Crystal Palace and taking a step back from management. He spoke about the response he’s received since the announcement saying:
Michael Jones23 May 2021 15:00