After being denied progression in the cup at White Hart Lane 10 days ago, Leicester were Nigel Pearson levels of angry. Harry Kane’s controversial penalty two minutes from time saved Spurs from a second consecutive cup exit to Leicester, and brought up the replay on Wednesday. And there’s one record breaker who needs to find the net again soon.
He’s got a Premier League scoring record, was one off an all-time English record, and with a slight assist from Paddy Power, his own flavour of Walkers crisps. But after scoring 13 in his previous 12 league games, Jamie Vardy has failed to score since. Claudio Ranieri has managed to keep his team up the top of the table, but fans will be worried if Vardy doesn’t strike again soon. He may even reach a Rooney-esque level of form.
Spurs used up their get out of jail card in the first game but couldn’t do so three days later when Leicester beat them 1-0 in the league. The lacklustre performances were put behind them in the best way at the weekend. Despite falling behind to Sunderland (which we thought was impossible these days) they equalised and eventually ran out 4-1 winners. Fans have been boosted by the ban on Real Madrid signing players, it means Kane is staying at the Lane until the summer at least
• Spurs have only lost once away all season. Leicester have only lost once at home
• Spurs always score away to Leicester, failing to do so just twice since 1974
• When Vardy scores, Leicester win. The 5-2 against Arsenal is the only time this season they’ve lost when the striker nets
• Leicester have won 9 of their 12 league victories by a single goal.
Vardy’s form may have dropped off, but Leicester’s has not. There’s just a feeling that once he finds the net again, he’ll be hard to stop. It’ll happen in this match. He’sto open the scoring,anytime, andfor two or more. Spurs’ defence has been leaking goals after initially looking strong so over 2.5 goals is a banker at. For an outside bet, back the Foxes to win in extra time at.
The winner of this goes straight through to the fifth round. That is barring a footballing miracle should Colchester overcome them in Round 4 live on BT.