Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Prediction: Leicester City vs Tottenham

Verdict: Leicester City to score over 1.5 goals 

Best Odds: 11/8

Bookmaker: Bet365

Two sides who have their own European ambitions this season, an inconsistent Tottenham will make the trip to the King Power Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

Leicester City

Starting with the hosts, although Leicester may have tasted their first defeat of the season thanks to a close-fought 1-0 defeat away at Old Trafford last weekend, Brendan Rodgers has plenty of positives to take away after a bright start to the season. Knowing that a victory on Saturday lunchtime would see them briefly leapfrog Manchester City to second spot, the Foxes have their sights firmly set on securing a European return for the King Power this year. With the former Celtic boss gaining a long list of admirers after watching his side lose just one of their opening five contests, fans around Leicestershire will be most impressed by their sides form on home soil. Snatching a 3-1 win over Bournemouth after returning from the international break, the Foxes have lost just one of their last eight matches in front of their own fans, a run that has seen them take points off of both Arsenal and Chelsea.

Team News

Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell is expected to be available despite a minor fitness issue this week. Matty James continues his recovery from Achilles surgery and is the Foxes’ only reported absentee.

Tottenham

As for the visitors, throwing away yet another two-goal lead against Olympiakos in midweek, Tottenham have continued on what has been a worryingly inconsistent start to the new campaign. Despite impressing in their 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace after returning from the international break and finding themselves sat third in the standings, the Lilywhites have won just one of their last five matches across all competitions, including a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle last month. With Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino heavily criticizing his side’s display out in Greece on Wednesday, Spurs’ Argentinan boss will also have growing concerns over Tottenham’s issues outside of North London. Throwing away another two-goal advantage in the North London derby prior to the break, Saturday’s guests have remarkably failed to win any of their last eight Premier League matches on the road, a run that stems back to the 20th of January.

Team News

Tottenham full-backs Serge Aurier and Danny Rose could return after being rested against Olympiakos, but Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon remain out. Forward Son Heung-min is likely to start after beginning on the bench in midweek.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Tottenham have won just one of their last five matches across all competitions.
  • Spurs have also failed to win any of their last eight Premier League matches on the road, losing six of those contests.
  • Leicester have lost just one of their last eight matches at the King Power.
  • Tottenham have won their last three meetings against Leicester.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored three in his last three Premier League matches.

Conclusion

While Leicester might be coming off the back of a defeat at Old Trafford last weekend, the mood in their camp remains at a high. With Tottenham continuing to show some glaring issues outside of North London and now without a victory on their travels since the end of January, there is no doubt that Jamie Vardy and co should be confident of extending their recent purple patch on Saturday lunchtime.

Verdict: Leicester City to score over 1.5 goals 

Best Odds: 11/8

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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