It’s the pick of the ties in the third round of the Cup as two of the top four in the Premier League meet at White Hart Lane. One of five all-Premier League ties, Tottenham host Leicester in front of the BBC cameras. With the sides meeting again on Wednesday evening in the league, the team selection for this one will be very interesting.
Spurs are the form team, losing just once in their last fifteen attempts, they sit joint second in the overall form table to north London rivals Arsenal. Despite moving to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter and seemingly every other club (if you listen to the papers) Harry Kane is still plying his trade at the Lane. And when he’s scoring, the Spurs are winning. Only once have Tottenham failed to win a game in which Kane has scored so far this season.
That team that Spurs are second with in the form table?
Claudio Ranieri’s side have let top spot slip in and are without a win and a goal in three games. But they frustrated Tottenham in the league fixture at the end of August, Kane being dealt with well by Robert Huth and Wes Morgan, and Mauriccio Pochettino’s team ending up with five bookings.
The Foxes have been doing better away from the King Power Stadium, scoring more goals and conceding less than they have at home, with the reverse applying for Spurs. These two sides both love to attack
- Spurs lead the league in shot accuracy per game. Nearly 60% of their attempts have been on target
- Ngolo Kante has a higher pass accuracy (82%) than any other Leicester player
- But Moussa Dembele’s 89% accuracy is in the top 5 in the Premier League
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With Tottenham still in the Europa League, they might want to rest a couple of players. It’s time for Claudio Ranieri to decide what his main priority is. Does he go all out in the cup and risk fatigue in the league fixture, or focus on Wednesday night at the expense of exiting the FA Cup?. I think we’ll get an entertaining game regardless. Dele Alli is averaging a goal every two games, and scored in the league game at the King Power. I’d back him to open the scoring again at .
Leicester are likely going to be missing Jamie Vardy for both games, so more focus will be put on Riyad Mahrez to get them going. It was the Algerian who cancelled out Alli’s opener in that draw. Five of his thirteen goals in the season so far have opened the scoring, he’s to score first again. In terms of anytime scorers, the usual Spurs suspect has to be backed as well – Harry Kane at
In terms of result this’ll be a free-flowing and open game of football. I’m expecting goals. Leicester’s duck has to break soon, and Spurs have scored in every game bar four. I’m predicting a score draw and over 3.5 goals as an outside bet