Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London
League: Premier League
Date: Sunday, 10th February 2019, 13:30
What channel? Sky Sports Main Event
Tottenham Hotspur host Leicester City in a must-win match for Mauricio Pochettino’s side if their slender title hopes are not to go up in flames.
They can close the gap to Manchester City to two points with a win as Pep Guardiola’s men kick-off after this one has finished. For once, Spurs will cheer a Chelsea victory even if that momentarily keeps the Blues in their slipstream.
Leicester’s performance at Anfield puts an interesting twist on their visit to Wembley. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, any team which takes four points out of six at Chelsea and Liverpool but loses at Wolves and Crystal Palace is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
Goals are at a premium in the Foxes away games. Only once in the last nine on the road have they scored more than once (W3, D3); that was in the 4 – 3 defeat at Wolves.
Not that they concede many. Wolves were the first team since Arsenal to score more than once when the Foxes visited. The remaining seven games saw Leicester keep three clean sheets and only one in the other four.
Tottenham are equally tough nuts to break down. Only Liverpool and Wolves have scored more than once against them at Wembley although keeping clean sheets is also a problem; they only have three so far at home, conceding exactly one goal on six occasions.
Their injury list is making headlines at present. Harry Kane and Dele Alli are both out for the remainder of this month at least and that is manifesting in front of goal. Their last four games all saw a one-goal margin of victory (W3, L1) while the Lulywhites failed to score in two of their last four in (D1, L1) in front of their own fans.
Curiously, Spurs downfall is a failure to draw matches. Four home defeats already almost certainly rule them out of the title race with just one point won against the top five teams (D1, L3) at Wembley.
Their place in the top four comes almost exclusively against teams below sixth. Spurs have won all matches at home to teams lower than Arsenal so far this season.
The two sides have a lot to live up to if they are to match the manic end-of-season meeting the last time the two sides met in north London. Spurs trailed 3 – 1 after 47 minutes but twenty minutes later had scored the winning goal.
It carried on a series of high-scoring games at Tottenham with four of the last seven meetings seeing four or more goals.
Tottenham are, as you would expect, superior to the Foxes at home, losing one of the last seven (W4, D2). They haven’t, however, kept a clean sheet at home to Leicester in the Premier League since 2000.
Tottenham Hotspur Team News
Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Ben Davies are all out for Spurs with Mauricio Pochettino having the same squad available as last weekend.
His options for change are limited but Son Heung-min is expected to start with Fernando Llorente on the bench.
Leicester City Team News
Marc Albrighton and Daniel Armartey are both missing from through injury.
Claude Puel is expected to give new signing Youri Tielemans his debut in midfield with Demarai Gray the likeliest candidate to make way. James Maddison, whose substitution was roundly booed last week, may move to the right to accommodate the former Monaco man.
Spurs are gradually recovering from the defeats against Manchester United and Chelsea but without Harry Kane, results and performances are unconvincing.
However, Leicester’s goalscoring problems make this most likely a low-scoring encounter with maybe the first goal being the only goal of the game.
This may be another struggle, but we like the look of Tottenham to win HT/FT at 33/20 with Coral.
- Tottenham to win: 7/10 with Unibet
- Leicester City to win: 24/5 with Smarkets
- Tottenham to win the Premier League: 25/1 with bet365
- Son Heung-Min, First Goalscorer: 4/1 with Boylesports
- Lucas Moura, Anytime Goalscorer: 9/4 with 888sport