Third match between the two sides in just over a week’s time will bring Leicester City an opportunity to build up on the away win recorded at White Hart Lane in the Premier League. Tottenham have been rather inconsistent lately and are facing a tough task versus the Foxes.
Claudio Raineri’s team just refuses to go down in the Premier League title hunt. The Foxes have been touted for a slump in the new year, but Leicester City’s players are still displaying great desire and resolve to make things work, despite the exhaustion from the hectic schedule. Wednesday’s match will be their third meeting with Tottenham in just ten days and there will be no secrets between the two sides. First leg of the FA Cup last 32 round at White Hart Lane ended in 2-2 with Leicester City overturning the results, but ultimately failing to hold on to the lead, allowing Harry Kane to level the score with a minute left on the clock. Their second meeting, in the Premier League, has been more of a success for the Foxes, as Claudio Ranieri’s men managed a late win through Robert Huth. Just when it seemed we were in for yet another stalemate, the Germany defender rose to the occasion to score a winning goal and keep his team in the title race. The Foxes are coming off from a disappointing 1-1 away draw against Aston Villa and Foxes once again failed to hold on to a lead as Okazaki’s opener at the half-hour mark was denied in the second half with Gestede’s leveller. Seems like Leicester are running out of steam, but they will lack no motivation as they head into the game.
Claudio Ranieri will have no major injury issues ahead of the game with Tottenham. Jeffrey Schlupp remains the only player in the recovery room.
Leicester City’s left back is struggling with a hamstring injury that is likely to keep him out of action until the end of January.
One win in their last four matches is a definite sign of a dip in form for Tottenham Hotspur. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been one of the biggest surprises of the season, together with Leicester City, but the exhausting and demanding football is starting to affect them as well. Premier League draw at Goodison was not the best way to start the new year 2016, disappointing home stalemate versus Leicester followed and then the loss against the same team in the Premier League. Pochettino’s charges got angry with their results and took it to Sunderland to unleash their frustration. Comprehensive 4-1 triumph against the Black Cats was message of will and determination and Spurs will not give up their fight. The visiting side opened the scorings through van Aanholt at the end of the first half, but Eriksen levelled the score only two minutes later. Dembele, Eriksen again and Harry Kane killed the game after the interval, thus making a clear statement. Pochettino is glad to have his key man back, as Harry Kane keeps scoring again and the England forward has so far bagged 12 Premier League goals, and five in the last seven games across all competitions.
Alex Pritchard is not expected to get back in contention until early February with his malleolar injury.
Clinton N’Jie and Ryan Mason complete the injury list for the visiting team as they are still struggling with their knee problem and malleolar injury, respectively.
Key Factors to Consider
- There have been more than 2.5 goals scored in 4 of last five games between two sides
- Jamie Vardy hasn’t scored in last 5 matches for Leicester City
- Harry Kane has scored 5 goals in last seven games for Tottenham
- Foxes lost only one of their last 10 home games across competitions
- Spurs scored at least a goal in 9 of their last ten matches
Games between the two sides have offered plenty of excitement lately and we could see another eventful affair on Wednesday. There have been plenty of goals in the offer and going for goals could be a good solution for this match.
Verdict: Both teams to score – Yes
Best odds: 8/13