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19 January, 2022

AUTHOR: James Dowen

STAR PREVIEW Weds: Leicester City v Tottenham

It’s tough to know what to expect when Leicester host Tottenham but neutrals could be in for an entertaining encounter at the King Power.

The hosts haven’t played in the league since their 1-0 win over Liverpool – which came nearly three weeks ago – although they did outclass Watford in the FA Cup – and they’re still dealing with an injury crisis to boot.

That has eased a tad with the return of Patson Daka, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Caglar Soyuncu and Luke Thomas, but they are still missing Jamie Vardy, Timothy Castagne, Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana, and Ryan Bertrand – whilst Daniel Amartey, Wilfried Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho are all at the African Cup of Nations.

With such absences it’s impossible to see them making a late bid for the top four, but there’s still plenty of quality within what’s currently a small squad. James Maddison has recovered his best form with a combined 12 goals and assists in his last 10 outings across all competitions, whilst Youri Tielemans, Harvey Barnes and Marc Albrighton.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
19:30 BT Sport 2 HD

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
MAY 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 2-4 Tottenham
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-2 Leicester
JUL 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 3-0 Leicester
SEP 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 2-1 Tottenham
FEB 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 3-1 Leicester
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 0-2 Tottenham
MAY 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 5-4 Leicester
NOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Leicester 1-6 Tottenham
MAY 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-1 Leicester

Tottenham still have realistic top four chances – they are four points behind West Ham but they have four games in hand – and they have improved under Antonio Conte, for all that their EFL Cup semi-final exit to Chelsea – and a scrappy win against Morecambe in the FA Cup when first teamers were needed to bail out a dire performance from the chosen starting XI – has proven that there’s still much work to be done.

Lucas Moura and Pierre Emile Hojbjerg gave a spirited performance in their second leg against Chelsea but they will need more from their whole side – especially Harry Kane – going forward if they’re to grab a top four spot.

Finding a winner in the match odds here could be a hard task and a better bet could be to back over 2.5 goals.

Even with their many injuries Leicester have still been able to present a threat – they scored three goals in ten minutes against Manchester City, had scored three against Liverpool in the EFL Cup before that, and put four past Watford as well.

But they have a terrible defensive record this season – they’ve conceded 33 goals in 18 Premier League games and have just four clean sheets in all competitions, one of which came against Millwall in the EFL Cup – and Tottenham have scored in their last six Premier League games. Both teams to score would seem a natural bet but both sides can be expansive and the 4/5 on Over 2.5 goals makes more appeal.


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