Sixth place is secure. The sendoff has been given. From the outside, there is literally nothing to play for, no real reason for this game to exist. From the inside, of course, there’s a couple motivators: Sending Wenger off with a couple more wins for one, and there’s also the aspect of guys playing for jobs next year in the new world. I don’t think that means an entirely new, green, wet-behind-the-ears XI for tomorrow, but it might mean that the Jack Wilsheres and Alex Iwobis of the world put a little more spring in their step and work that little bit harder in an effort to show whoever’s watching that they deserve a place.
What does Leicester have to play for? Not a whole lot, either. Sure, this game is a tuneup for them for their end-of-season victory which will heroically deny Spurs a fourth place finish, but other than that this game is almost the perfect definition of a “dead rubber”. There’s not a whole lot to be said about this match, and I’d be willing to bet, without having access to viewing numbers, that there won’t be a whole lot of people paying attention, either.
That’s completely understandable. It’s finally spring in most of the US so the weather’s nice, this game is during work hours for a lot of us, and it’s easy to understand why watching this particular game wouldn’t be a huge priority. Which explains why this game isn’t being broadcast, I guess - it’s only available on NBC Sports Gold, so you almost certainly won’t be watching it. As a reminder, SBN rules prohibit discussing or linking to illegal streaming options, so if you choose to watch that way, please do not disclose said information in the comments.
If you choose to watch, why not hang out in our match thread tomorrow and talk to us about it?
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
11.45AM PT/2.45PM ET/7.45PM BT
King Power Stadium, Leicester