Off the back of a disappointing 2-1 loss to Liverpool on Tuesday, and winless in four since the victory against Manchester City, Tottenham need to pick up a valuable three points against last season’s Premier League Champions, Leicester.
Tale of The Tape:
Since Leicester’s return to the top flight, they have only beaten Spurs once in the league, with Spurs winning two and one draw between the sides. Leicester did however beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the 14/15 FA Cup fourth round. In the last meeting between the sides, a late Robert Huth header took the spoils for the Foxes in their pursuit of the league title.
Leicester have had a mediocre start to the season, sitting in 12th place, having won only three matches out of their first nine. They did however collect a solid 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, which may give them a boost as they enter this game against Tottenham.
Spurs – winless in four matches and no goals in their last two league games, are hugely in need of a good performance and victory ahead of a return to Wembley to take on Bayer Leverkusen, and to get themselves back to touching distance of the league leaders Manchester City.
Toby Alderweireld’s knee problem persists and will likely be unavailable, Harry Kane is probably marginally too far away to be able to appear, but it shouldn’t be too long before the Spurs marksman is back. Mousa Dembele is a mystery – Pochettino has offered no confirmation on whether he is fit or not, so we’re all a little in the dark on that front.
Jamie Vardy is on a return from injury, and may feature from the start against Spurs. Other than that, Leicester have very few injury concerns and Ranieri will be picking from a near enough fully fit squad.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Lamela, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Janssen
Predicted Leicester City XI:
Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Musa, Slimani, Vardy
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Leicester City