Leicester v Tottenham Preview and Prediction

Leicester v Tottenham Preview and Prediction

Last season’s Premier League champions Leicester City host second-place Tottenham at the King Power Stadium, as the home team look for a top-half finish this season.

Leicester have endured a roller-coaster campaign of highs and lows. Last season’s dethroned champions currently are 11th in the Premier League table, but such is the congested nature of midtable they could jump up to eighth spot.

The Foxes Premier League form has been inconsistent of late, as they have won two, drew one and lost three of their last six games in the top-flight. Last time out the Foxes suffered a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, to end a two-game winning run in the Premier League.

Leicester have been in good form on home soil in the Premier League, despite those inconsistent results of late. The Foxes have won their last five home games in the league, keeping clean sheets in their last three home outings. At the other end of the pitch, Craig Shakespeare’s team have also scored two or more goals in their last five league outings at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes have won just one of the last six meetings with Tottenham in all competitions. However, three of the games in that run have been drawn.

Tottenham heads to the Midlands having secured second place in the table after beating Manchester United 2-1 last time out. Mauricio Pochettino’s team have been in decent form in recent weeks and have won 10 of their previous 11 games in the Premier League.

A 1-0 defeat at London rivals West Ham in their last away game brought to an end a run of three consecutive away wins for the side from north London. Tottenham have been highly prolific in the Premier League in recent months and have scored two or more goals in nine of their last 11 top-flight games.

The visitors have not lost on their last three visits to the King Power Stadium and will be looking to continue that run in this one.

Team News – Leicester still have a number of players missing through injury, including centre-back Molla Wague and midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Nampalys Mendy. Centre-back duo Robert Huth and Wes Morgan, along with midfielder Andy King are still fitness doubts. Tottenham’s injury list has grown slightly in recent days. Full-backs Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier are ruled out through injury, as well as midfielder Harry Winks and attacking midfielder Erik Lamela. Eric Dier could start at right-back, while the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou could also start this one.

Prediction – Leicester have endured an inconsistent season, but on home soil, they have been strong in the Premier League in recent weeks. Tottenham now have very little to play for after securing second place already and have a number of injuries. I can see this game being very tight and ending in a draw, which would not be enough to move the Foxes into the top-half of the table.