Leicester will go toe-to-toe with Tottenham to displace Manchester City from second place, albeit temporarily, at the Fox Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers’ side was tipped to break the top six hegemony this season and so far, they are on track despite some underwhelming results. They failed to beat an insipid Manchester United in the previous week, losing 1-0 at Old Trafford and ending their unbeaten start to the season.
The Foxes are currently on 8 points from 5 games, with 2 wins and 2 draws, which puts them in 5th place, ahead of Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham on goal difference.
Thus, the competition is thick in these places and Leicester will look to underline their ambitions when they host the Champions League finalists on Saturday.
Coming to their opponents, Tottenham has blown hot and cold this season so far. Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat newcomers Aston Villa and local rivals Crystal Palace easily at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but surprisingly lost to Newcastle.
They were completely outplayed by Manchester City but returned with a point while they allowed Arsenal to recover a 2-0 goal deficit to share the spoils in the North London derby.
Spurs started off their UEFA Champions League campaign on a slower note as well, drawing 2-2 with Olympiakos in Greece. They are currently 3rd in the PL, with 8 points from 5 games, ahead of Manchester United and Leicester on goal difference.
Thus, a win would see them rise to second temporarily, while a loss coupled with other results could see them fall outside the top 6. Therefore, Pochettino’s side will be cautious as they try to navigate a tricky opponent.
In terms of injuries, Rodgers is expected to be without long-term absentees Matthew James and Daniel Amartey. However, the rest of the squad is fit and available for selection.
Meanwhile, for Tottenham, Tanguy Ndombele, Davinson Sanchez and Dele Alli returned from their injuries and started against Olympiakos. Kyle Walker-Peters made the bench for that game and should re-take his right-back position this weekend.
On the injury front, Pochettino will be without summer signing Giovani Lo Celso until the end of October while the game comes too soon for Juan Foyth. Finally, Ryan Sessegnon is still not declared fit from his hamstring injury.
Head-To-Head and Leicester vs Tottenham Betting Tips
Looking at head-to-head, Tottenham definitely dominates the matchup, both throughout history and in recent times. Out of the 26 PL meetings, Leicester has won 10 to Tottenham’s 11, however, Spurs have won 4 of their last 5 matches with the Foxes.
Further, 5 out of the 6 games involving Tottenham this season have witnessed 4 goals. Considering last 5 clashes between the duo saw 25 goals and just 1 clean sheet, one can expect a lot of goals in this one.
While Tottenham has the superiority, their recent form is shaky and Leicester can be expected to nick this one to continue the trend of no draws in the past 5 meetings.
Leicester Predicted XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi; Albrighton, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
Tottenham Predicted XI: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Ndombele, Winks; Eriksen, Alli; Son, Kane