After yet another draw, mid-table Leicester City now host a Tottenham Hotspur team who climbed back to third in the Premier League in mid-week.
Group EPL The King Power Stadium, Leicester, England
Key Stat: Leicester City have, in 90 minutes, drawn five of their last seven matches in all competitions.
Expert Verdict: Leicester come into this game on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run but the Foxes have only won two of those matches in 90 minutes - the other five have been drawn, including the penalty shoot-out win against Southampton in the Carabao Cup. It shows they will be difficult to beat but Spurs - North London derby defeat aside - are in good form. This could be when the Foxes' little run ends.
Jamie Vardy missed Wednesday night’s match against former manager Claudio Ranieri at Fulham after suffering another groin injury. Harry Maguire (knee) and Rachid Ghezzal (leg) are both still on the comeback trail too, as is long-term absentee Matty James (achilles) but Ricardo Pereira could return after being rested.
James Maddison – Scored a sublime goal in the win against Watford at the weekend and followed that up with the equaliser against Fulham last time out.
Kelechi Iheanacho – Likely to lead the attack if Vardy remains sidelined, having contributed two goals and four assists this season.
Marc Albrighton – Has forced his way back into the starting line-up with a goal and four assists so far this season.
Leicester have won five of their last seven matches and won the other two, while one of those draws ended in a penalty shoot-out victory against Southampton in the Carabao Cup. Since that game, Leicester beat Watford 2-0 courtesy of a Jamie Vardy penalty and James Maddison’s superb goal, and Maddison netted again on Wednesday night in the 1-1 draw at Fulham.
Defenders:Ricardo Pereira Wes Morgan, Caglar Soyuncu, Ben Chilwell
Defensive Midfielders:Nampy Mendy, Wilfried Ndidi
Attacking Midfielders:Marc Albrighton, James Maddison, Shinji Okazaki
Jan Vertonghen is available again after his one-match ban following his red card against Arsenal, but Davinson Sanchez remains sidelined meaning the Belgian is likely to partner compatriot Toby Alderweireld at centre-back. Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama remain sidelined but Erik Lamela is close to a return and Kieran Trippier was back in action against Southampton. Ben Davies and Serge Aurier could both come in at full-back, however, with Spurs tending to rotate them with Trippier and Danny Rose after mid-week games.
Harry Kane – Has scored in Spurs’ last three league games and also bagged an assist against Southampton too – the England captain has scored 13 for the season.
Christian Eriksen – Provided his eighth assist of the season when he teed up Harry Kane for the opener against Southampton in mid-week.
Lucas Moura – His goal against Southampton justified his return to the starting line-up – it was the Brazilian’s sixth of the season.
Tottenham have won seven of their last eight matches, having bounced back from their North London derby defeat to Arsenal with a comfortable 3-1 win against Southampton. Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min scored Spurs’ goals at Wembley. Kane had previously scored in the 4-2 defeat to Arsenal – at the time making it 2-1 following Eric Dier’s equaliser – while Christian Eriksen was their hero in the Champions League against Inter, scoring late on in a 1-0 triumph.
Defenders:Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies
Defensive Midfielders:Eric Dier, Harry Winks
Attacking Midfielders:Lucas Moura, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli
Tottenham have won nearly half of their 110 previous matches against Leicester – claiming 54 wins to the Foxes’ 35, with 21 draws. That includes a 6-1 thrashing at the King Power Stadium in May 2017, when Harry Kane bagged four goals for Spurs, but both sides won their home fixture last season. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez scored for the hosts at the King Power Stadium in a 2-1 win, with Kane having pulled one back late on. At Wembley, meanwhile, an extraordinary game played out. Vardy opened the scoring early on but Kane hit back almost immediately. Mahrez restored the Foxes’ lead and Kelechi Iheanacho’s long-range strike made it 3-1 on 47 minutes, but Spurs rallied and were ahead on the hour after Erik Lamela’s double, either side of a Christian Fuchs own goal. Vardy equalised but Kane’s second of the game three minutes sealed a 5-4 Spurs win. Here are the results of their last five competitive matches:
13/05/2018: Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 Leicester City
28/11/2017: Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
18/05/2017: Leicester City 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur
29/10/2016: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Leicester City
20/01/2016: Leicester City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham go into this match on the back of seven wins in eight games, with only their North London derby defeat blotting their recent record.
Leicester, on the other hand, have not been winning much lately but they are also unbeaten in seven games – a run which as included four league draws and a fifth draw in the Carabao Cup, which ended in penalty shoot-out success.
The Foxes will be without Jamie Vardy up front, however, and are missing England star Harry Maguire at the back too – though the latter could be closer to fitness.
Nevertheless, with Harry Kane having scored in his last three games and Christian Eriksen providing plenty of assists, it looks ominous for the Foxes.
Kane has also scored seven goals in the last three games against the club he previously spent time on loan with – including four at the King Power in May 2017.
James Maddison’s form is one positive for the hosts – he has come back well after his diving controversy with two goals in two games, including a sublime strike against Watford.
But the ex-Norwich man will be well martialed by Eric Dier and/or Harry Winks in defensive midfield, while Jan Vertonghen is set to return in central defence alongside Toby Alderweireld.
Spurs may have lost their most recent away game, at Arsenal, and Leicester may have proven themselves difficult to beat this season, but the visitors have the strength at both ends of the pitch to claim victory.
Tottenham Hotspur are evens with Bet365, Ladbrokes, Betfair, Betway and 10Bet and 888sport to beat Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
Both teams to score, with Leicester difficult to beat of late, has been set at 4/6 with Bet365 and Ladbrokes, while over 2.5 goals has been priced at 4/5 with Bet365.
There have been plenty of goals in recent games between these two, not least where Harry Kane is involved – he has seven in his last three games against the Foxes and is 19/20 to score at any time with 888sport.
Tottenham Hotspur have the attacking prowess and defensive solidity to end Leicester’s recent unbeaten record and claim their eighth win in nine games.