Monday, December 10, 2018

Prediction: Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Prediction: Both teams to score and Tottenham to Win

Odds: 11/4

Bookmaker: Bet365

Tottenham Hotspur will look to consolidate their position in the Premier League top four on Saturday night as they do battle with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men responded to their North London derby defeat in mid-week by overcoming Southampton, whilst they have a tough test against a Foxes’ side that has been enjoying a positive unbeaten run of late.

Leicester City

Since the tragic loss of their chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Foxes have enjoyed a good run throughout the past few weeks. Having reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and earned a draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage, Claude Puel’s men have stretched their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions, leaving them only two points off sixth. As a matter of fact, they have not gone eight games undefeated since the end of the title-winning campaign. Despite that period, there is still criticism from some quarters of the Foxes’ support. In 15 games this campaign, they have only managed to score more than one goal in a match on six occasions. This is even more telling that of all of their last six opponents occupy the bottom half of the league table.

Despite that, their defensive record appears to be much improved recently. Having conceded 15 goals in their opening nine games, they have managed to keep three clean sheets in their last five league games.

Team News

The East-Midlanders have quite an extensive injury list to contend with for the trip of Spurs. Long-term absentees Daniel Amartey and Matty James are both restricted to the sidelines. Jonny Evans, Harry Maguire and Rachid Ghezzal all could return but Jamie Vardy is ruled out.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have to be praised for performing the way they did in midweek. Following their devastating loss to Arsenal, Pochettino’s troops put in a professional showing to sweep aside Southampton 3-1 at Wembley. That win propelled the North Londoners into third position in the Premier League, six points behind Liverpool. Despite the loss to Arsenal, Tottenham have won seven out of their last eight games in all competitions. In that time, one feature that has been their strong point has been the prolificacy in front of goal. They have managed to score in every single game but one so far this season, that coming in a 1-0 defeat to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.

As they travel to the King Power Stadium also, they have a marvellous chance to add to an excellent away record. Having won seven out of their nine clashes away from Wembley this season, nobody can boast a better away record than Tottenham so far this season.

Team News

Much like Leicester, Spurs have quite a long list of injured players for the weekend’s game. Defenders Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth are all restricted to the sidelines. Erik Lamela is also not ready to return to action quite yet. Long-term absentees Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele and Vincent Janssen are all still restricted to the treatment table as opposed to the pitch.

Key Facts To Consider

  • Tottenham have the better record between the two sides (W54, D21, L35)
  • There has been an average of 3.76 goals scored per game between the two sides in the Premier League
  • Spurs won the last clash between the two 5-4 at Wembley Stadium
  • Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in his last 11 games against Leicester in all competitions
  • Jamie Vardy scored three goals in two games against Tottenham last season

Conclusion

Leicester City at the King Power Stadium is never an easy task for any team. The Foxes once again should give Spurs a run for their money and it should be a high scoring affair, especially with both sides having found the net with regularity so far this season. However, Puel’s troops will not quite be able to hold out and their undefeated run should come to an end. Harry Kane once again will be one of the main candidates to find the back of the net.

Prediction: Both teams to score and Tottenham to Win

Odds: 11/4

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Orme


Daniel is currently a second-year football journalism student at the University of Derby. He has been freelance writing for approximately four years now and brings considerable experience. A season ticket holder at local club Leicester City, he witnessed the Foxes miraculously lifting the Premier League trophy in the 2015/16 campaign.

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