Kick-off: 1630, 21/11/2021
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Antonio Conte takes charge of Tottenham for the first time at home in the Premier League when Leeds visit on Sunday.
The Italian saw his side claim a goalless draw at Everton last weekend, the same day as Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds team secured an encouraging point at home to Leicester.
Conte has had another fortnight to work with his new players and, coupled with United’s dismal record in London, a first league victory at 7/10 is our first Tottenham vs Leeds prediction.
Conte has overseen a Europa Conference League victory and that draw at Goodison Park so far at the Spurs helm, declaring he was happy with the point at Everton.
He said: “For sure we can improve and we have a lot of space for improvement tactically, physically but also mentality.
“Today I saw the heart of my players, the passion, the will to fight, the will to sacrifice, to understand this was a very difficult moment for us and to see this makes me more confident for the future.”
Regarded as a ‘tactical genius’, the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss will have used the two-week break to get his ideas across to the players that were not on international duty.
He will have taken heart from the performances of Harry Kane for England, with the striker scoring seven goals in victories over Albania and San Marino.
The 28-year-old has only netted once in the Premier League this season after his failed move to Manchester City, but will be full of confidence and opened the scoring in the 3-0 win over Leeds at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last term.
Kane is 9/5 to be the first Spurs goalscorer again in our Tottenham vs Leeds odds.
Last Tottenham line-up: Lloris, Reguilon, Romero, Emerson, Dier, Davies, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Son, Kane, Moura.
Cristian Romero sustained an unspecified injury while away with Argentina and Oliver Skipp has a one-match suspension to serve after he received a fifth booking of the season at Everton two weeks ago.
Giovani Lo Celso is another who has to be assessed following a knock picked up on international duty. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is expected to be fit and Conte has also been boosted by Ryan Sessegnon and Bryan Gil being able to return to training after recent hamstring issues.
Leeds United Odds
Leeds have struggled to hit the heights of last season, especially their performances, but were back to something like their best against Leicester.
Fit-again midfielder Adam Forshaw made a huge difference in midfield, while influential winger Raphinha netted his fifth league goal of the campaign.
Bielsa said: “They looked a lot more like a team able to construct, good recovery of the ball, possession, creating danger, high percentage of dominance of the game and duplicating the opponent in chances.
“These are all aspects to value and apart from that, a very beautiful game to watch.”
Leeds, who beat Spurs 3-1 at home in May, head to north London knowing they have a dismal recent record in the capital.
When Bielsa’s side won at Craven Cottage last season, it was their first victory in 17 games in London in all competitions, while this term they drew with Fulham prior to a penalty shoot-out win in the Carabao Cup before losing at Arsenal in the same competition.
They have netted in four of their five away league games this season though, so let’s finish our Tottenham vs Leeds betting tips with Spurs to win 2-1 at 29/4.
Last Leeds line-up: Meslier, Struijk, Cooper, Llorente, Dallas, Phillips, Forshaw, Harrison, James, Raphinha, Rodrigo.
Leeds will be without Patrick Bamford again due to an ankle injury while teenage striker Joe Gelhardt is not likely to feature after withdrawing from the England Under-20 squad through injury.
Defenders Luke Ayling, Robin Koch (both knee) and Junior Firpo (muscle strain) are still unavailable and Jamie Shackleton remains doubtful.
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