Leicester City will be looking to continue their fantastic form in 2015 when Spurs visit on Saturday. Claudio Ranieri’s side seem to have picked up where they left off under Nigel Pearson after their brilliant form saw them stave off relegation. Mauricio Pochettino’s side has had an underwhelming start to the season. Their opening weekend defeat to Manchester United was an unfortunate result. However, their capitulation after being 2-0 up against Stoke City last week will be a worry for the manager and fans alike. Capturing the scalp of Spurs at the weekend could truly show Leicester that they are capable of continuing their top form and turning it into a finish higher up the league than a relegation battle. Considering how impressive Leicester City have played, it would be big confidence boost for Spurs should they be able to pick up three points against The Foxes in front of their own fans.
The home side will be able to continue with the side that has led them to their great start to the season. The only injuries are back up keeper Mark Schwarzer and long term absentee Matty James who is set to miss the next six months of action. It would be unlikely for Leicester City to change the winning formula they have had with side that has started the last two games. However, Foxes fans may be excited at the prospect of seeing new summer signing Gokhan Inler make his debut after completing his transfer from Napoli.
Tottenham Hotspur have a full complement to pick from as their physio room is currently vacant, perhaps Pochettino may look to mix things up after their two disappointing results to start the season. If they could sort out their defensive issues the side that gave the team their 2-0 lead against Stoke could look to avenge their capitulation.
- Last time the two sides met at the King Power stadium Spurs ran out 2-1 winners with goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.
- Spurs have won 23 of their 46 previous visits to Leicester.
- Leicester have 32 victories in their previous 93 meetings with Tottenham Hotspur.
- Leicester City’s last league victory against Spurs was a 2-1 home win in May 2002.
- The two sides’ first ever league meeting was a second division match in the 1919/20 season.
- The highest ever Leicester victory over Spurs was a 6-0 home win in 1934/35 season.
- Spurs record victory against The Foxes was also a 6-0 win back in the 1958/59 season.
Top Scorers 2014/15
Leicester City: Leonardo Ulloa (11), Jamie Vardy (5), David Nugent (5)
Tottenham Hotspurs: Harry Kane (21), Nacer Chadli (11), Christian Eriksen (10)
Key Passes 2014/15
Leicester City: Riyad Mahrez (41), Esteban Cambiasso (35), Matthew James (35)
Tottenham Hotspurs: Christian Erikesen (81), Erik Lamela, (53), Nacer Chadli (36)
Defensive Actions 2014/15
Leicester City: Wes Morgan (409), Wasilewski (260), Richie De Laet (208)
Tottenham Hotspurs: Jan Vertonghen (330), Federico Fazio (268), Eric Dier (198)
Leicester City: Marc Albrighton
The former Aston Villa prodigy looks like he has made himself a permanent fixture in Ranieri’s Leicester City side. The young winger has played a major role in the side’s electric start to the campaign. Albrighton has already created 7 chances for The Foxes completing 3 assists and scored a goal. Considering that in the whole of last season Albrighton only registered 3 assists he is already on course for a much better season. Maximizing his ability to deliver from wide seems to be a tactic that will serve Leicester well. No doubt that Ranieri will be looking to Albrighton to provide his strikers with solid delivery from either wing he plays on. Should the winger continue his fine form from the Sunderland and West Ham games, Leicester City could be on course for 9 points from a possible 9.
Tottenham Hotspurs: Nacer Chadli
Nacer Chadli is one of the few players Tottenham brought in from the Gareth Bale money that has impressed in a Spurs shirt. Last season Chadli cemented his position in the Spurs starting line-up with important performances from the wing. The Belgian international was second only to Harry Kane in Spurs’ scoring charts with 11 goals over the season. He was also 3rd in the list of Spurs players who completed the most key passes. Chadli also got his account for the season opened last week when he scored against Stoke City. With Harry Kane yet to get going Chadli is one of the players Spurs will look to for big performances. If the winger puts on the kind of show he regularly did last year Spurs could end up with a positive result from a difficult away tie.
I fancy Leicester City to continue their fine form especially since they are playing at home. Spurs will prove to be a stern test pushing Leicester all the way. However, I believe a tight game with be settled with a late goal.
2-1 Leicester City win
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