Spurs v Leicester – Match preview

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Leicester City come to Wembley for Sunday lunch this weekend. Half past one? Bring a bottle and something for dessert please. Thanks.

The Foxes lie 11th, one place ahead of West Ham on goal difference. They’ve won 5 and drawn 3 of their 13 away games thus far scoring 17 goals, so all very shoulder shruggingly ‘meh’.

By far their best result of the season away from home was the 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge, though the performance at Anfield a fortnight ago runs it close. They followed up their win over Chelsea with a 2-1 victory over Moneychester City. All very impressive! Next game, Leicester 0 Cardiff 1. Oh. Ah. I see.

So they’re capable of much but also capable of little.

Which version will turn up on Sunday? The good one of course. There is talk of Whispering Claude losing the dressing room and struggling to motivate the players, Leicester fans and players often still seem to still believe that they’re in the middle of the title non-race of three seasons ago whenever they play us however so we can discount the possibility of any help from player unrest I suspect.

Puel has struggled to find his best line up but in Vardy, Maddison, Pereira, Gray, Albrighton and Iheanacho they have enough attacking players to threaten us no matter who he picks. Mendy, Ndidi & Barnes generally make up the midfield all of whom are capable performers. It won’t be easy! But then nothing we’ve done lately has been easy. Whose turn for a late late winner this week?

Harry, Dele, Dier and Davies are all out injured still apparently and unfortunately. Poch will need to decide on three at the back, or four at the back with Vertonghen or Davies on the left. And does he start Llorente this week? Probably. My guess would be Hugo, Aurier, Rose, Toby, Jan, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Llorente. Just a guess though.

It’s a tough one. Leicester are quick and thoughtful and well organised (isn’t everyone – apart from Everton). If we start brightly and, the biggest if of all, if we take our chances – something we’ve not been good at of late, then we stand a good chance. They are dangerous though and our defence, thanks mostly to the lack of protection in front of it, is vulnerable. As usual, so much depends on Son.

Michael Oliver is the referee.


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