Spurs are once again in Premier League action on Saturday as they take a trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City in the late kick off on Saturday. Maurico Pochettino’s side are up to third in the table and will be aiming to keep up with Premier League pacesetters Manchester City and Liverpool going into the hectic festive schedule.
Their opponents on Saturday Leicester have been in good form of late and are unbeaten in their past six Premier League matches. They currently sit 9th in the Premier League but a victory over Spurs could take them as high as sixth. The Foxes have a young and ambitious squad and will be aiming to bridge the gap between the top teams in the Premier League and push for the European places this season under the management of Claude Puel.
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Leicester v Spurs Team News
Spurs have more injuries to deal with as Mauricio Pochettino confirmed in his Friday press conference that Juan Foyth and Kieran Trippier will not be available versus Leicester.
Trippier made his first appearance for Spurs in nearly a month against Southampton in the week, but was forced off late on due to a recurrence of a groin injury. It was the same injury that the England right back picked up in the World Cup semi-final against Croatia.
Foyth meanwhile is out with a hamstring injury but Pochettino is hopeful that fellow Argentine Erik Lamela will return in time for Spurs’ Champions League tie with Barcelona, although he will definitely be absent against Leicester.
Mousa Dembele, Davinson Sanchez and Victor Wanyama are all continuing to progress with their rehabilitation and will not be available for Spurs at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Leicester on the other hand have been boosted by the news that centre back Harry Maguire will be back in the matchday squad on Saturday, according to manager Claude Puel. As well as Maguire, Jonny Evans and Rachid Ghezzal are back in contention for the Foxes and could play a part against Tottenham Hotspur. However Jamie Vardy will miss out with injury, with Kelechi Iheanacho set to continue as Leicester’s main striker.
Leicester v Spurs Predicted Team
Spurs’ mounting injury list means Mauricio Pochettino has a limited choice when it comes to certain positions.
One of those is defence, with a back four of Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghem and Ben Davies being the only realistic option, with Danny Rose expected to return to the bench after starting midweek. It is just as well that Vertonghen returns from suspension for this game, as Spurs are particularly lacking in the centre back position.
Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli are almost certain to return to the side after being rested midweek. We think that they will come in for Eric Dier and Heung-min Son, because both have started in Spurs’ last two Premier League games, so Pochettino will be aiming to keep both as fit as possible with a hectic fixture list ahead.
That would mean that Christian Eriksen moves out to the left for Spurs, Alli coming into a central role and Sissoko partnering Harry Winks in the centre of midfield.
Lucas Moura could be deployed as a winger or central striker, both of which are roles he has played in this season, depending on whether Pochettino decides to go with a diamond or the 4-2-3-1 formation he deployed against Southampton.
What the Managers Said
Spurs Manager Mauricio Pochettino
We’re going to try to take the best decision for Saturday to try to be competitive and be close to winning and perform in the best way. It’s not easy of course to play every three days. It’s so tough for the players and for the staff, but we are going to try to take the best decision, to put a very fresh team, fresh legs and mind and try to compete in the best way.
At the moment I think we are fighting in the Premier League, of course. We are arriving in a very decisive game against Barcelona – a must-win game. I think we are in situation that for many people maybe didn’t believe that after all that happened in the summer, but I think the believe that we have in this team and we create is so strong. And it gives us the possibility to fight for big things when no one counts on us. Remember after the transfer window was closed, [we had] no signings, the people was so pessimistic. After arrived the stadium, that we need to delay and play in Wembley again. The people were so pessimistic about our future. But we are fighting like the previous season and that is a massive credit for the club and players of course.
I think Leicester are a very good team. After the tragedy, it is such a difficult thing to recover from. We are so painful and so sorry for everyone there. But they have a great manager, great players. I think they have a very good squad. It is a team that plays so well with clear ideas. Of course they are doing a fantastic job. It is not easy. For me it is going to be a tough game. I think it is a game that is going to be more difficult than they previous game that we played. (football.london)
Leicester Manager Claude Puel
It is close between a lot of teams. We need to continue our way and give our best. We want to remain in the top half of the table. We have a young team with ambition and talent. We will try to develop them. I want to continue this way with this squad.
There is never a good time to play this team or teams this high up in the table. They have a big squad and they can replace every player with an international player. (lcfc.com)
Leicester v Spurs One to Watch
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James Maddison is our player to watch out for in Spurs’ clash with Leicester. The summer signing from Norwich has scored in his past two matches and was rewarded with his good early season form with a call up to the England squad.
Maddison operates in the number ten position for Leicester, where he drops off behind the central striker to pick out a defence splitting pass, which he is easily capable of. Added to that, Maddison is excellent at set-pieces, both from free-kicks and corners, so Spurs will need to be wary given that dead-ball situations have been a weakness of theirs this season.
Leicester v Spurs Referee
Craig Pawson will be the man in the middle for Leicester v Spurs. He has yet to referee Leicester in the Premier League this campaign but has already officiated two Spurs games. Both of those were away matches in which Spurs won and kept a clean sheet, against Manchester United and Huddersfield, so Spurs will be hoping he is the lucky charm. In the ten Premier League games he has officiated in, Pawson has produced forty-six yellow cards, three red cards and awarded four penalties.
Leicester v Spurs Predicted Score
Both sides are in good form in the Premier League, so we should be in for an interesting match on Saturday. Leicester will miss Jamie Vardy but will be buoyed by the return of star defender Harry Maguire. Spurs on the other hand are coping with their busy schedule relatively well, especially considering their injuries, and will know they face a very tough test against a strong Leicester team. Once again we are expecting goals, but we cannot separate the teams.
Our prediction is Leicester 2-2 Spurs
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