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Tottenham vs Leicester – Match Preview

Tottenham play host to champions Leicester this afternoon looking to get a modicum of revenge after losing out in last season’s title race. The North London side ran Leicester close for periods of the season but never managed to make that all important ground when it mattered, we all know how it ended with Mauricio Pochettino’s side faltering to only finish third while Leicester completed the fairytale.

Last season saw Robert Huth snatch a late winner to extend their lead at the top and from that point onwards it’s fair to say that The Foxes never looked back as their title tilt went from strength to strength. Winning the title was nothing short of incredible but their defence of it hasn’t quite been at the same standard.

They travel to White Hart Lane still looking for their first away point of the season after losing all four of their fixtures on the road, conceding 13 goals in the process. Grim reading for Leicester fans but a statistic that will certainly mean that Tottenham will fancy their chances later today.

At home it’s been better reading for Leicester and last week saw them ran out comfortable winners over Crystal Palace. That win took them up to 12th and if only they had picked up something for their efforts away from home then they would have been easily sitting in the top half by now.

It’s fair to say that Leicester have been focussing more on the Champions League but with a maximum return of 9 points then you can’t argue with that strategy all that much but they can’t keep simply just picking up points at home in the league they do need to start getting some points away from The King Power.

When it comes to away from home then Tottenham have found life frustrating as of late with there being three successive draws in a row across all competitions before defeat in the EFL Cup to Liverpool in midweek , a run of results which has only seen them score a single goal. It seems as if life without Harry Kane is starting to prove difficult.

Last Saturday they had to make do with just a point after a being held to stalemate by Bournemouth at The Vitality Stadium. By Saturday Lunchtime it looked like a frustrating draw but by Sunday evening it was two very costly points dropped as they slipped to 5th in the table.

With just one point separating the top 5 there is really nothing to choose from the top sides at present but Spurs will look at draws away at both West Brom and Bournemouth and consider them missed opportunities. They could really do with bouncing back with a win Today.

After beating Manchester City before the international break many felt that Spurs season would then go up another notch but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case as they have failed to win since then. That said they still have their league unbeaten record in tact but like last season it’s too many draws not enough wins.

But with Leicester quite awful away record this season I think this makes Tottenham the favourites, not only that but it’s my birthday today so I would love to see nothing more than three points. Anything less and my birthday is ruined. A home win for me.

 

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