Managerless Tottenham seek first win of 2023

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March 15, 2023
March 15, 2023

Tottenham vs. Leicester City @ 3 p.m. ET: The FA Player, Optus Sport

In the FA Women’s Super League, Tottenham Hotspur Ladies will welcome relegation rivals Leicester City with all kinds of problems both on and off the field.

Spurs have failed to pick up a single point since way back in October last year - suffering nine straight defeats in the league and leaving the North London side hovering above the drop zone.

And in the aftermath of their latest defeat against Liverpool on the weekend, the Tottenham hierarchy decided enough was enough and gave manager Rehanne Skinner her marching orders.

Skinner helped Spurs avoid relegation in her first season in charge and then guided Tottenham to 5th last campaign - the club’s highest league finish in WSL history.

But after breaking the British record transfer fee to acquire striker Bethany England from Chelsea back  in January, Tottenham’s recent run of form has been truly shocking and something had to give at Brisbane Road Stadium.

Interim manager Vicky Jepson will take charge of today’s matchup against Leicester - hoping to emulate the 2-1 win Spurs secured when the two sides last met in the reverse fixture back in September.

Although Leicester are rooted to the bottom of the table the Fixes have won twice in their last two matches and come into tonight’s games on the back of a hard fought 0-o draw with Everton.

But however poorly Tottenham have been lately, the ‘new manager bounce’ is real, so we're backing Spurs to notch up a first league win of 2023 this afternoon.

The Programme Pick: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies (-200)

Sabalenka vs Gauff @ 3 p.m. ET: DAZN, Tennis Channel, TVA Sports, TSN

World number two Aryna Sabalenka will take on Coco Gauff in the quarterfinals of the 2023 BNP Paribas Open at 3 p.m. ET this afternoon.

Reigning Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka has lost just one match all season, with that minor blip in an almost perfect campaign coming against Barbora Krejcikova at the Dubai Masters last month.

But Sabalenka wasted no time avenging the loss, with the 24-year-old overcoming Krejcikova in three sets in a Round of 16 in California yesterday.

Reaching the quarterfinals at Indian Wells for the very first time, Sabalenka will now go up against Coco Gauff - a player who’s given her some trouble in recent matches.

Gauff leads 3-1 in the head-to-head record between the two players, and Sabalenka was on the receiving end of a tight three set defeat when they last met at the Canada Masters last year.

Momentum would seem to favour Sabalenka heading into this afternoon’s clash, but Gauff knows she has what it takes to beat the current World No.2, and the 19 year old showed true grit to battle back and win in three sets against Rebecca Peterson in the last round.

Could a quarterfinals upset be in the cards at Indian Wells this afternoon?

The Programme Pick: Coco Gauff (+140)

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