Preview - Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City 10 February 19

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Feb 08, 2019, 07:21 AM Last Edit: Feb 08, 2019, 07:51 AM by Harry85
Match Day 26
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City
Sunday, February 9th 2019
21:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wembley Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur: 
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.04
Average goals against per match: 0.96
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (14)

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: W L L D L
Average goals per match: 1.20
Average goals against per match: 1.24
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (7)

Third placed Tottenham may have a few points to make up on Manchester City and Liverpool, but the gap has been closing in recent weeks, and they remain very much in the title race as we head into the closing third of the season. The next challenge for Mauricio Pochettino's men is to do what neither City nor Liverpool have been able to do so far this season - beat Leicester City.

Tottenham themselves have already beaten the Foxes, when coming away from the King Power with a 2-0 victory earlier in the campaign. The game here last season was a final day fright-fest for the defences, ending up in a 5-4 Spurs success.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Ben Davies are all out for Tottenham. Leicester will be without the injured duo of Marc Albrighton and Daniel Amartey.

Tottenham have won eight of twelve at home this season and have battled on admirably in the absence of Kane of late. It took all of their willpower to overcome a stubborn Newcastle in their last game here, but given Leicester's style they ought to find themselves with a bit more room in which to work here. They must be very wary of Leicester on the counter though.

Leicester have been pretty good away from home, picking up five wins, including at Chelsea, and a point at Liverpool last time out. Only just edged out by Manchester United at home last weekend, they likely head here with less trepidation than most. They have scored in all bar one of their twelve away games to date.

The stats suggest that Leicester will get on the scoresheet here, but Spurs have been creating plenty of chances of late against more defensively minded sides and should do enough - although this could be pretty tight.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 1 Leicester City


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  12 - 20
Shots on target: 5 - 9
Corner Kicks: 2 - 9
Possession: 53% - 47%

Son Heung-Min, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen were booked for Spurs. Youri Tielemans was the sole Leicester City player to have his name taken by referee Michael Oliver.

Spurs aren't playing brilliantly at the minute, but what they are doing is hanging tough and keeping the wins column moving upwards as they bid to hang onto the coat-tails of leaders Manchester City and Liverpool. That was again the case here as for large periods of the game it was Leicester City who were the better side. Spurs found the moments of quality when they needed them though to pick up the points.

Tottenham took the lead in the 33rd minute via a well worked corner routine. The ball played all the way back to Christian Eriksen whose excellent ball into the area was met by a diving header from Davinson Sanchez. Keeper no chance. 1-0 at the break.

Leicester were then handed a golden opportunity to equalise in the 59th minute when awarded a penalty kick. Fresh of the bench, Jamie Vardy took the kick with his first touch of the game only to see Hugo Lloris go the right way and make the save.

Four minutes later Spurs doubled their advantage. Eriksen teed up on the D and lashing an effort into the bottom left.

Leicester then grabbed a lifeline in the 76th minute. Excellent play down the right-hand side culminating with Ricardo Periera playing a wicked low ball into the area and Vardy applying the finish from point blank range.

Leicester pushed and pushed for an equaliser, but it was Spurs who had the last word in the 1st minute of stoppage time. Moussa Sissoko's clearance from inside his own box seeing Son still inside his own half but with a clear run at goal. The Korean wasn't for catching, racing into the area and beating the keeper to the left-hand side. 3-1 final score.

Spurs stay third and five points behind City and Liverpool, but with a game in hand on Pep Guardiola's current table toppers. Leicester City slip down to twelfth.

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