Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City

This is the 21st meeting between these two teams, Leicester hold the head to head advantage with nine wins to seven. There have only been four draws between them, one of those were last season at the King Power Stadium, which ended 1-1. The other game was a 1-0 away win for Leicester, a Robert Huth 83rd minute header. These two teams have never shared a 0-0 in the history of the Premier League. Leicester City were the surprise Premier League champions last season under Claudio Ranieri. It was his 1st season in charge and achieved success no one could have foreseen. He has never lost a Premier League game to Spurs, in 10 games he has drawn 3 and won 7. They added to their squad in the summer with players which included Amartey, Mendy, Musa and Slimani, to help them compete on more fronts this season. In 2016 only Spurs have won more points (54) than Leicester City (53). 

Leicester City like to line up in a 4-4-2 formation, they play with two strikers and like to use traditional wingers. This however does leave them to be overloaded in midfield, leaving the back four to be exposed. Their inability to keep possession also allows teams to keep the pressure on. Leicester have already conceded 15 goals, they conceded just 36 goals in the whole of last season. Danny Simpson has commented that they are finding it hard to adjust to the new rules on grappling in the penalty area, where they were notably very physical last season. Spurs are switching between the 4-1-4-1 and 4-2-3-1 formation, for this game I think they will use the 4-1-4-1 formation. As Leicester only use two centre midfielders they will be significantly outnumbered. Spurs must be aware of the threat of the counter attack, as it could prove Leicester’s best option to get something from the game. 

Spurs were left disappointed for the second week in a row, with a 0-0 draw away to Bournemouth. This time it was the team’s performance that didn’t live up to expectations, they created very little going forward. Bournemouth to their credit made it a difficult game and worked hard to make sure Spurs had little space to work with. After an incident with Harry Arter, Moussa Sissoko will serve a 3-match ban for violent conduct. Leicester City recorded their 3rd win of the Premier League season with a 3-1 home win over Crystal Palace. This win took them to 12th in the league, they are trying to recover some form after a difficult start to the defence of their title. Spurs drop down to 5th but with 1 point separating the top five it’s turning into a tight battle at the top. Spurs will hope to get back to winning ways as they have now gone 4 games in all competitions without one. Spurs are looking to avoid defeat in their first 10 league matches for the 1st time since 1990/91. 

How the teams may line up:

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