High-Flying Tottenham Look to Topple the Defending Champions at White Hart Lane
Last updated: October 27, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||White Hart Lane|
|Last season:||Leicester 1 – 1 Tottenham|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Tottenham hope to continue their impressive undefeated streak in the Premier League going as they host the defending title holders in North London on Saturday afternoon. Spurs remain the only side that can boast to having not lost a game in the domestic league after their 0-0 draw against Bournemouth last weekend. They return home to White Hart Lane where they’ve won three times this season as they take on a Leicester side who’ve had an indifferent start to the campaign.
Despite maintaining their undefeated record in the Premier League Spurs haven’t registered a victory since their 2-0 win over joint 1st place Manchester City. They lost their mid-week EFL clash against Liverpool after Daniel Sturridge put away a double and drew their last 3 fixtures prior to this. Mauricio Pochettino and his men will surely want to get back to winning ways with a solid victory at home to avoid losing all the positive momentum they’ve built up in the last 9 weeks.
Leicester continued their fine form in the Champions League after just slipping past FC Copenhagen 1-0 earlier in the week but are still struggling to find their feet in the Premier League. The current champions have only managed 3 victories in the domestic league so far and travel to White Hart Lane still in search of their first victory on the road. Whether or not Leicester are planning to focus all their attention on Europe rather than on the Premier League is not yet clear; however, we suspect Claudio Ranieri will field a near full-strength side in hope of getting their domestic campaign back on track.
Tottenham will be without Moussa Sissoko as they host the champions this weekend. The French midfielder was handed a 3 match ban after after elbowing Harry Arter during last week’s clash against Bournemouth.
Harry Kane still hasn’t fully recovered from the ankle injury he sustained earlier this season against Sunderland. He’s returned to outdoor training however it is not yet known when he will return to full fitness.
Leicester travel to White Hart Lane with an almost fully fit squad. Nampalys Mendy is the only player out injured at the moment; he’s expected back in action on the 19th November.
Christian Fuchs has just signed a 3 year deal that is expected to keep him at playing with the Foxes until 2019. The former Austrian international played a big role in last season’s successful Premier League campaign and has previosuly won 78 caps for his country.
|Tottenham (4-2-3-1):||Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Lamela, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Son|
|Subs:||Janssen, Vorm, Trippier, Onomah, Wimmer, Winks, Davies|
|Not available: –||—|
|Leicester (4-4-2):||Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, King, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Vardy, Slimani|
|Subs:||Hernández, Musa, Amartey, Schlupp, Okazaki, Zieler, Ulloa|
|Not available: –||—|
So far this season
|Tottenham this season||Leicester this season|
|5 (3)||(at home) Wins (away)||3 (3)|
|4-0 vs Stoke||Biggest win||3-0 vs Burnley|
|2 (1)||(at home) Draws (away)||2 (0)|
|3-0 vs. Everton||Biggest Defeat||4-3 vs. Liverpool||Son Heung-Min (4)||Top scorer||Islam Slimani (2)|
|Christian Eriksen (3)||Assist Leader||Daniel Drinkwater, Christian Fuchs(1)|
|Y13, R0||Discipline||Y11, R1|
|1||Failures to score||3|
|4||Both Teams to Score Games||5|
|2||Over 2.5 Games||7|
|5||Under 2.5 Games||2|
- Despite being joined 2nd in the league with Chelsea Tottenham are the only team who remain undefeated at this point in the season. They’ve managed to secure 19 points from their first 9 games – only 1 behind the Leaders Manchester City.
- Leicester have been good in attack but questionable in defence this season. 7 of their games have produced more than 2.5 goals in which 12 have been scored by the opposition.
- Spurs have been rock solid in defence in all their Premier League outings so far. They’ve managed to keep more clean sheets that any other side and have made the third most clearances.
- Leicester have showed good discipline in all their games so far. They’ve only accumulated only 11 bookings (the same as Arsenal) and haven’t yet had a sending off.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|20/01/2016||FA Cup||Leicester 0 – 2 Tottenham||Heung Min, Son 39′|
|13/01/2016||Premier League||Tottenham 0 – 1 Leicester||Huth, Robert 83′|
|10/01/2016||FA Cup||Tottenham 2 – 2 Leicester||Eriksen, Christian 8′|
|20/05/2015||Premier League||Leicester 1 – 1 Tottenham||D.Alli 81′|
|21/03/2015||Premier League||Tottenham 4 – 3 Leicester||H.Kane 6′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
This is set to be a fascinating encounter between one side doing the business in Europe and the other flying high in the Premier League. The bookies are currently showing Tottenham as favourites going into this one, however if Leicester can recreate some of the form they’ve shown in the Champion’s League it will surely be a close encounter. Try going for a Tottenham to win with a 1 goal margin at 888sport where there are currently some good value prices on offer.