Preview and prediction
Tottenham and Leicester go into Sunday’s clash needing a result from their last games. A quickfire double in the dying embers of Tottenham’s Champions League fixture against Sporting Lisbon had them leave Portugal with zero points.
Despite moments of brilliance in the first half, Leicester eventually succumbed to a 5-2 loss to Brighton in their last Premier League match.
A difficult start to the season for Leicester has not become any easier with the close of the transfer window. Leicester have used 18 players this season, with all 18 players starting at least one match this season. This lack of depth seems to be Brendan Rodgers’ main challenge.
With just one point in six matches and five consecutive losses in the Premier League, Leicester’s major struggle has been keeping opponents from breaching their defence.
That defensive frailty looks unlikely to be able to stop the attacking force of Harry Kane, Richarlison, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski.
Head to Head
There have been 63 goals scored in the meetings between Leicester and Tottenham since Leicester City’s return to the Premier League. This makes it the fixture with the second-highest goal return during this period in the Premier League. Betting on more than 2.5 goals scored in this match is almost a sure thing
In 118 matches played between both teams, Tottenham Hotspur have won 60 while Leicester City have won 37.
Perhaps more ominous is that Tottenham Hotspur have won seven of their last nine Premier League games against Leicester City and have also won their last three matches against the Foxes.
Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Fulham two weekends ago saw them end the weekend with 14 points from their first six games, just one point behind league leaders Arsenal and only behind Manchester City on goal difference.
They could end up top of the league if results elsewhere go their way.
They have to take care of business at home first, they should be confident they will. They host Leicester on the back of a seven-game winning streak at home in all competitions.
Leicester City are bottom of the Premier League table. Only Bournemouth (18 goals conceded) have conceded more goals than the 16 the Foxes have conceded so far this season.
In their last outing, Leicester lost 5-2 to Brighton & Hove Albion, that defeat made it the 5th consecutive loss they have suffered in the League since they picked up their solitary point of the season on the opening day of the season against Brentford.
While there are still over 30 matches left to play this season, a turnaround in form is desperately needed if they want to retain their Premier League status.
Spurs have Lucas Moura unavailable, the Brazilian is yet to recover from an inflamed tendon. Fortunately for Antonio Conte, he is the only missing player in his squad.
Against Sporting, Conte replaced Son with Dejan Kulusevski, the Swede could start against Leicester as Son’s struggle for form has continued. Otherwise, expect Antonio Conte to name an essentially unchanged side.
Potential Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Richarlison
While Brendan Rodgers can no longer turn to the transfer market to solve his squad depth issues, he will be relieved to get some players back from injury.
Daniel Amartey’s recovery from injury and Wout Faes clearing visa issues could have Rodgers returning to his preferred 3-man defence.
Long-term absentees Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand will miss the trip to London. Dennis Praet has a knock which could rule him out for the Tottenham clash.
Last time out, Jamie Vardy was dropped to the bench, with Patson Daka and Kelechi Iheanacho starting. Both players scored and could retain their spots against Spurs.
Potential Leicester starting XI: Ward; Faes, Amartey, Evans; Justin, Tielemans, Ndidi, Castagne; Maddison; Daka, Iheanacho
Brendan Rodgers’ decision to bench Jamie Vardy seemed to have paid off with both players scoring. However, it is the lack of defence that has been their biggest undoing so far.
Weston Fofana switching Leicester blue for Chelsea blue meant the Foxes needed defensive reinforcements and brought in Wout Faes from Reims. The Belgian was unable to help in defense against Brighton last time but has been able to sort out visa issues making him available for selection on Sunday.
To get anything meaningful out of the Tottenham trip, Leicester have to be defensively solid against a Tottenham attack that has been inconsistent at times this season. Despite this inconsistency, Spurs have found ways to get results and will hope Son Heung-min will rediscover the form that had him finish last season as the joint top goal scorer.
The key difference between these sides is the cohesiveness Tottenham have found over two seasons under Conte, while purists might find his style conservative, it has been proven to get results, this and the wealth of talent on the Spurs bench tips the result in the favor of the lily whites.
Tottenham Hotspur have won their last six home games in the Premier League
Leicester City have picked up only one point from their first six matches in the Premier League – their worst start to a league campaign in 39 years.
Leicester City have lost four of their last five matches away from home against Tottenham Hotspur and have conceded at least three goals in each match.
Tottenham might have struggled to create chances against Sporting, but the familiar surroundings of North London will calm frayed nerves and put them on their way to an eight consecutive home win. Leicester would have hoped to have the clash against Aston Villa to rediscover their form. This meeting against a Tottenham side chasing a League title comes too soon for a floundering Leicester team.
Tottenham to win @ 1.50
Tottenham to win or draw @ 1.14
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 2.45
Tottenham win 2-0 @ 9.00
Longer term predictions
Kane to finish highest goal scorer @ 6.50
Tottenham to finish in the top four @ 1.50