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Leicester vs Tottenham match preview

Leicester v Tottenham

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Jonny Evans and Rachid Ghezzal should also be fit despite missing Wednesday’s draw at Fulham.

Leicester remains without Jamie Vardy because of a groin problem but Harry Maguire is ready to play after five weeks out with a knee injury.

Jan Vertonghen is available for Spurs after serving a one-match ban. Fellow defenders Kieran Trippier and Juan Foyth have been ruled out due to the respective groin and hamstring injuries.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

@Wilsonfooty: For some, change is unsettling. For Spurs, it’s the lack of change which is impacting on what is becoming a strange season. First the lack of transfer activity, then being stuck at Wembley while their longed-for new stadium inches towards completion.

In the meantime, Tottenham fans seem so fed up with the trip around the North Circular (who can blame them?), that their latest home attendance would have fitted comfortably inside the old White Hart Lane.

Leicester will hope to benefit from Tottenham surely having one eye on their make-or-break trip to the Nou Camp on Tuesday. Claude Puel’s side have put together a seven-game unbeaten run, during which only nine goals have been scored, for and against.

VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT

Leicester City manager Claude Puel: “It’s never a good time to play a top of the table team. They have a big squad. They have international players.

“It’s not a problem for them to play every three or four days. We will need lots of quality, with and without the ball.

“We had good performances against United, Arsenal and Liverpool without having success. I hope we can find the solution tomorrow.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

Tottenham play Barcelona on Tuesday in a game they have to win to reach the last 16 of the Champions League, but I think Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will pick a strong team here.

If he does, then I think Tottenham will win.

Prediction: 0-2

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Since Leicester returned to the Premier League in 2014, this fixture has produced 34 goals – second only to Arsenal v Liverpool (38) during that period.
  • There has been only one goalless draw in the 96 league meetings between the teams. It came in the second tier at Spurs in March 1948.
  • Tottenham earned their biggest Premier League away win when they beat Leicester 6-1 in May 2017.

Leicester City

  • Leicester’s current six-match unbeaten league run is their longest since ending the title-winning 2015-16 season with a 12-match streak.
  • However, they have only won two of their past eight league games (D4, L2).
  • The Foxes are seeking successive home league wins within a single season for the first time since January.
  • Claude Puel’s side have registered just four wins in 14 league games at the King Power Stadium since the beginning of February (D6, L4).
  • James Maddison has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other Leicester player this season, scoring five and setting up two.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored four goals and provided three assists in his last seven Premier League appearances against Spurs.

Tottenham Hotspur

  • A win would take Tottenham to 36 points and represent their best record after 16 top-flight matches since 1960-61, when they had the equivalent of 46 points.
  • Spurs, beaten at Arsenal last weekend, have not suffered consecutive Premier League away defeats since November 2017, when they lost to Manchester United, the Gunners and then at Leicester.
  • Tottenham boast an unrivalled 12 Premier League away victories in 2018.
  • They have gone 19 league matches without a draw since April, wining 14 and losing five.
  • Ex-Leicester loanee Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in 11 appearances against the Foxes in all competitions, more than versus any other side. Seven of those goals have come in the three most recent meetings, including a four-goal haul at the King Power Stadium in May last year.
  • Kane has scored 19 Premier League goals in December fixtures, making it his most prolific month.

Source: BBC News

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