Charlie Nicholas predicts how Spurs will get on away to Leicester this weekend

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Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur will look to put the disappointing midweek Champions League result behind them this week when they take on Leicester City.

In the Premier League, Spurs come into the match in good form, fresh off the back of a sensational 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

At home to the Eagles, Spurs not only managed to breeze into the lead, but they extended it and shut the opposition out in the process.

This has been a problem of late for Spurs, as they gave away a 2-0 lead against both Arsenal and Olympiacos in the past month, drawing both matches 2-2.

Tottenham must learn to consistently hold a healthy lead orrisk missing out on silverware yet again this season.

Spurs currently sit third in the Premier League on eight points, with Leicester City only behind them on goal difference.

Leicester are without a loss since the opening day of the season and will surely prove to be a tough opponent for the Lilywhites.

Charlie Nicholas is predicting a bad day for Poch and his players (Sky Sports): ‘Leicester will be rattled after last week as they should have got something at Manchester United. You feel as though Leicester are one of the teams that can kick on, but when is that going to happen? People talk a lot about Harvey Barnes and James Maddison, but when are you going to get that controlled situation from these players? It is only bits and pieces at the moment, which is not enough to threaten the top six.

‘Barnes has not played as much and should be trusted more. Jamie Vardy’s pace and movement always gets goals. Do they have enough at the back and in midfield? Hamza Choudhury and Wilfried Ndidi are young, energetic and enthusiastic. I do not see them being overly balanced though. Sometimes you need to get it into Vardy earlier rather than overpassing.

‘Tottenham, we were told, have calmed down after the Crystal Palace game. Christian Eriksen stays put and they have their private chat, but I don’t think that is the case. I don’t think Danny Rose is happy – how long will it be until he comes out and says he is not happy? Will Eriksen stay in the team now that Dele Alli is back? Does Heung-Min Son edge out Lucas Moura? There are so many questions.

‘I think Leicester could turn them over. With the aggression and passion, they can control the passing and keep the ball, sit back and counter-attack if needs be. Barnes needs to grow, but needs the opportunity to grow, and this could be the game for him.’

Prediction – 2-1 to Leicester

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