After enduring their first defeat in the Premier League to Manchester United, Brendon Rodgers’ Leicester City will now host Tottenham Hotspur. The North Londoners will return to League action after a 2-2 draw to Olympiacos in Greece.
Date- Saturday, September 20
Time of Kick-Off- 5 PM (IST)
Venue- King Power Stadium
From the Dugout
The Foxes started off the season well with eight points in the first four games, and many though the in-form side could beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. However, a Marcus Rashford penalty didn’t let that happen as they now find themselves occupying the fifth spot in the league.
Leicester remains level on points with Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal for now.
Though Leicester did suffer defeat over the weekend, Rodgers’ is expected to play the same starting eleven which featured against Manchester United.
No fresh injury concerns for Leicester City for the time being, however, Matty James and Daniel Amartey are out due to injury for a considerable amount of time.
Recent Form (All competitions) – W | D | L | D | W | D
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham has had a hot and cold start to the season so far.
In spite of being third in the points table with eight points on board. Tottenham has succumbed by Newcastle at home, they’ve been a tad lucky against Man City to scrape a draw thanks to VAR, and they’ve now given away two-goal leads on two separate occasions, against Arsenal and Olympiacos respectively.
That being said, the Tottenham defence will have to be extra cautious of the quality Leicester has in midfield and in front of goal.
Though Danny Rose and Serge Aurier didn’t have anything to say in the Champions League fixture, the duo is expected to be back in the team sheet versus Leicester City.
Tanguy Ndombele is now back in contention to make it to the starting eleven and could come in place of Christian Eriksen who isn’t having the greatest of seasons in midfield so far.
Juan Foyth, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon are the players sidelined due to injuries from Tottenham’s end.
Recent Form (All Competitions)- D | D | W | D | W | L
Leicester City- Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Choudhury, Ndidi, Tielemans; Perez, Maddison, Vardy
Tottenham Hotspur- Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Sissoko, Ndombele; Moura, Alli, Son; Kane
Out of the 113 games played between the two clubs, it’s Tottenham who has the upper hand with 56 wins to Leicester’s 35.
In the last six encounters between the two sides, Tottenham has once again ensured superiority by winning four games, to Leicester’s solitary win. One game has ended in a draw during that period.
However, Tottenham has failed to win its last eight away league games.
For Leicester City, James Maddison in midfield has been a vital cog in the wheel with a 78% pass success ration in five games and two recorded assists.
Though Jamie Vardy was close to being considered non-existent against Manchester United, the English centre-forward has three goals and an assist in his five appearances for Leicester.
Meanwhile, for Tottenham, it’s the South Korean Son Hueng-Min who’s carried on his good form from last season and has registered two goals in three games so far with an 85% pass accuracy.
Tanguy Ndombele on his return from injury can prove to be a handful in midfield as he’s scored one and assisted one in two appearances for Spurs.
Prediction: Though Tottenham can be considered as the only team in the league who can give Manchester City and Liverpool a run for their money, their recent form and defensive lapses have cost them vital points.
That being said, Leicester City in front of their home crowd will be a tough cookie to crack especially while considering their form and quality of players upfront. A high scoring draw is what can be expected out of the two clubs on Saturday.
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