Match Preview: Leicester City vs Tottenham

The early Saturday game in the Premier League will see Leicester City host Tottenham Hotspur at 13:30 (CET).

Tottenham Hotspur face another tough test on the road after a disappointing start of their Champions League campaign midweek.

The European vice-champions threw away a 2-0 lead against Olympiacos in Athens, as French veteran forward Mathieu Valbuena starred to save a point for the hosts.

Spurs are yet to win away from home this season, having registered three draws with the same scoreline (2-2) in their three away games at Manchester City, Arsenal and Olympiacos.

Leicester City, on the other hand, suffered their first defeat of the 2019-20 campaign against Manchester United over the previous weekend.

The Foxes sit in fifth in the Premier League with eight points from five games, as much as Tottenham has (they are third with a better goal-difference) before their clash in the sixth round on Saturday afternoon.

Team news

Matty James is the only Leicester City absentee for the game, as he is still recovering from his Achilles surgery.

Daniel Amartey could be back for the Foxes, while Ben Chilwell should be available, despite a minor fitness issue during the current week.

Full-backs Juan Foyth and Ryan Sessegnon are out for Tottenham, as well as Argentine midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.

Son Heung-min, Serge Aurier and Danny Rose are likely to start at the King Power Stadium, after being rested in the game against Olympiacos midweek.

Talk to the press

Harry Kane asked for a bit more maturity from his teammates after the 2-2 draw in the Champions League opener on Wednesday evening.

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“That’s the hard part to get your head around because we’re not young anymore, we’re not inexperienced. We’ve played in big games for club and country,” said Kane via Guardian.

“I can see why the manager is frustrated because he’s been here for six years now and we’re still making similar mistakes to the ones we were in his first year. We’ve got to find a way to get around it, improve and get better.

“It’s hard. We’ve been here before. It’s disappointing because we started last year’s [Champions League] campaign disappointingly and we know it takes a lot of hard work and energy to get back to the top of the group. We obviously play Bayern Munich next, a very tough opponent.

“Two-nil up … if we see it through to half-time, it’s probably a different game. I don’t doubt the mentality of the team. We’ve come through a lot in the last few years and last year we reached the Champions League final after being down and out in the group. A bit more maturity in those situations will help.”

Stats

Tottenham have won four of their last five league games against Leicester, including each of the last three.

They have a chance to defeat the Foxes four times in a row for the first time in Premier League’s history this weekend.

Leicester have scored 44 Premier League goals vs Tottenham, more than against any other side in top-flight English football.

Branden Rodgers defeated the Spurs five times in six encounters during his time as Liverpool boss a few years ago.

This will be Mauricio Pochettino’s 250th Premier League match as a manager. He will become the first non-European to reach this landmark. (W131, D58, L60)

Tottenham are winless in their last eight Premier League games on the road (D2, L6), their worst such run since a 10-game streak in 2006.

Leicester City are Harry Kane’s favorite opponents. He has scored 13 goals in 12 games in all competitions versus his former side.

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