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Leicester City-Tottenham Hotspur Preview
Tottenham Hotspur can end their tenure at Wembley Stadium with an impressive third-place Premier League finish.
Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham (22-8-7) welcome Leicester City (12-11-14) to north London on Sunday for the final match of the season. And for Spurs, victory would secure a league placing that deserves enormous credit following a season playing in the unfamiliar surroundings of the cavernous Wembley.
The next campaign will see Spurs back in the Tottenham area of north London at their new purpose-build stadium on the site of the old White Hart Lane, where Pochettino and his players will be looking to complete the club's rise from mid-table mediocrity to Premier League big-hitters by bringing in some silverware.
However, Pochettino first says it is important that he and his squad celebrate their league placing - with Champions League qualification and the status of London's top club already both assured.
"I think it's a fantastic achievement," Pochettino said. "In the last three years we have achieved a massive thing to play Champions League at this football club, but we never celebrate.
"It's a little bit strange that always the feeling is not great - we finished our first season fifth, finishing better than the previous season, it's okay, but it's not enough. Then the second season we finished third because we lost the possibility to win the league and then we lose against Southampton and Newcastle 5-1, the feeling was so bad. Last season we finished second, but not enough because we don't win the Premier League. This season again, despite playing at Wembley, there's still a situation of the team needing to win some titles.
"After four years we never celebrate. Now I am going to celebrate with my people, my staff because for us it's a massive achievement."
Sunday's visitors Leicester have far less to celebrate, with the Foxes ensconced in mid-table and capable of moving up only one league position on the final matchday.
However, forward Kelechi Iheanacho says he is excited by the prospect of playing at Wembley, with quotes that go some way to illustrating the additional fillip that many of Tottenham's opponents have had this season.
"We're looking forward to the next game. It's always good to play at Wembley Stadium, I'm so looking forward to playing at that stadium."
Iheanacho could start after impressing in the midweek win over Arsenal, but Leicester will be missing Marc Albrighton through suspension and Wilfred Ndidi due to a hamstring strain.
Tottenham's Harry Winks remains out with an ankle injury that ended his chances of an England call up for the summer's World Cup. Serge Aurier, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Kieran Trippier are all doubts for Sunday's match.
Leicester won 2-1 when these teams met back in November, but the memory of last year's end-of-season clash between these clubs will likely be stronger for both teams. Tottenham romped to a 6-1 win on that occasion, with Harry Kane scoring four.
A similar feat by Kane this time around could see the England forward pip Liverpool's Mo Salah to the Premier League Golden Boot award for top goalscorer - Salah goes into the latest matchday three goals ahead on 31.
Updated May 11, 2018