Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs Leicester

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City

Venue: White Hart Lane – Wednesday, January 13 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Spurs 3/4 – Draw 14/5 – Leicester 100/30

Match Preview

Tottenham host Leicester for the second time in four days on Wednesday night, with the two sides meeting in the Premier League this time around after Sunday’s 2-2 FA Cup draw.

Spurs needed a late Harry Kane penalty to earn a replay, despite taking the lead early on against the Foxes in Sunday’s game, and will be desperate to go one better and win this one.

The two sides are separated by four points at the top of the Premier League, with Leicester sitting second on 40 points after 20 games, and so a Spurs win would close the gap and further increase their Champions League hopes.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s men have only lost twice all season and come into this game unbeaten in four league matches.

Leicester will be desperate to leave White Hart Lane with three points themselves, as they know a victory will give their top four hopes a huge boost.

Claudio Ranieri’s men played well against Spurs in the cup on Sunday but they have now gone four games without a win in all competitions and need to try and pick back up if they are to continue to impress.

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The reverse fixture in the league ended 1-1 in August and more attacking football is expected in North London on Wednesday evening.

Team News

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino made seven changes for the game against Leicester on Sunday and will likely recall a number of first team regulars here. Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Erik Lamela, Kyle Walker and Hugo Lloris will expect to come back into the side. Clinton N’Jie is the only certain absentee through injury, though Ryan Mason, Alex Pritchard and Moussa Dembele are all doubts.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri made eight changes for Sunday’s FA Cup match at White Hart Lane and, just like Pochettino, will recall several regulars to the side here. Jamie Vardy is a doubt as he recovers from groin surgery but he will make the bench at the very least. Jeffrey Schlupp and Matthew James are both definitely out.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five: L/W/W/W/D

Leicester’s last five: W/W/L/D/D

Key Stat: Both teams have scored in each of the last eleven games between these two in all competitions, with a total of 47 goals scored in those eleven matches – an average of 4.2 per game.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The Spurs striker scored a late penalty against Leicester in their FA Cup clash on Sunday and will hope to hurt the Foxes once again on Wednesday.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham 2-1 Leicester – This is likely to be another entertaining game between two sides that have plenty of goals to offer. Spurs may hold the psychological edge after netting the late equaliser on Sunday and will hope that home advantage can help them to seal three points in what is a huge game for both.


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