Spurs v Leicester 2018/19 Premier League Preview
Spurs will be aiming to keep the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool when they take on an inconsistent Leicester at Wembley on Sunday. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are five points off the top two in the Premier League almost two thirds into the season so will be hoping to maintain the pace.
February is a huge month for Spurs with matches against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League as well as London derbies versus Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League. Spurs have won nine of their past eleven Premier League matches and Pochettino will be hoping that they can keep that up in the latter part of the season.
His side have shown they have the mentality for it, having recorded last minute wins in their previous three matches. Harry Winks scored versus Watford, Fernando Llorente against Watford and Heung-min Son against Newcastle to give Spurs the late wins and it will be intriguing to see if a late winner is needed on Sunday.
Spurs v Leicester Team News
Spurs have confirmed that Eric Dier and Ben Davies will both be unavailable for the clash against Leicester. The club have not revealed when either player is due back to the first team although it is expected that Dier will not be out for a significant period.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane look to be ahead of schedule and have both posted positive signs on social media relating to their progress. However neither will be fit enough for the weekend and they are both expected to be out for the next few weeks.
There could be some rotation for Spurs as Mauricio Pochettino has the Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund in mind. That could mean there will be a rest for Toby Alderweireld or Jan Vertonghen in the heart of defence as well as Kieran Trippier at right back.
Oliver Skipp could come into midfield with the options there limited and it is expected that Fernando Llorente will come back in up front for Spurs. It will be interesting to see what formation Spurs line up with, as Heung-min Son could be used as a striker next to Llorente or could start on the left like he did against Newcastle.
For Leicester, Claude Puel is still without Daniel Amartey and Marc Albrighton however he has been boosted by the signing of Belgian international Youri Tielemans at the end of the January transfer window. Tielemans will either come in for James Maddison or Nampalys Mendy depending on how attacking he decides to go and will add some composure and creativity to the middle of the park.
There has been a rumoured fallout between Puel and star striker Jamie Vardy. The Premier League winner has been involved in seven goals in his last seven games against Spurs so the Lilywhites will be pleased if he is dropped to the bench. Shinji Okazaki make come in up front or Demarai Gray could even start as a striker, despite only having one goal in his last seventeen games.
Spurs v Leicester Predicted Team
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