Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has admitted the Premier League title is in their hands, but does not see the fixture scheduling as an advantage.
Tottenham can close the gap on Leicester to two points by beating Liverpool at Anfield before the leaders host Southampton but that is the last time Mauricio Pochettino’s side play their matches first.
Spurs have three Monday night games during the run-in – a day in the week Ranieri has said he is loathed to play on – while the title rivals have matches at the same time on a couple of occasions.
“I don’t know if it’s an advantage,” said Ranieri. “Tottenham have to make a victory, and we have to make a victory.
“If they win, it puts us under pressure? I don’t know. Why? “We have to put the focus on our match, if they lose, do we relax? We would be crazy to relax.
“I will say to the players, ‘don’t mind about Tottenham, think about Southampton, that is the real threat.’
“We know we are in the high position because we are always focused on our match without thinking what the other teams do. Then we have to continue in this way. For this reason I say everything is in our hands. It’s not important what happens to the other teams.’
Jamie Vardy could hold the key to Leicester’s title bid, only behind Harry Kane in the scoring charts. He has 19 goals to his Tottenham counterpart’s 21 and Ranieri backed his striker to take his England form into the game against Southampton.