Tottenham can’t afford to come away from Leicester with anything but three points on Tuesday night if they’re to have any chance of keeping their diminishing title hopes alive.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men come up against a Leicester side who are without victory in three, off the back of the promising start Claude Puel made with the Foxes.
Spurs narrowly salvaged a 1-1 draw on Saturday against managerless West Brom, with talisman Harry Kane netting his 40th goal of the calendar year. But there was further concern for Mauricio Pochettino as his defence looked weak at times, especially for Rondon’s first half goal. The Wembley frustration continued at other end also as Spurs’ attack lacked the creativity and composure in front of goal they showed earlier in the season.
Pochettino will have happy memories however of the King Power after the 6-1 hammering his team delivered there in May.
Harry Kane scored four that day to nudge past Romelu Lukaku in the Golden Boot rankings. Coming off the back of nine in nine in the league, Leicester’s defence will have their work cut out again to keep the England centre-forward at bay.
There’s mixed news on the injury front for the Lilywhites. Erik Lamela is expected to be named in the squad for the first time since October 2016 following a number of hip injuries.
Meanwhile, Harry Winks may miss out to due to illness, according to the Evening Standard.
Leicester similarly come into the game fresh from a narrow 1-1 draw in the capital. Against David Moyes’ West Ham, the Foxes were by no means brilliant, but under the guidance of Claude Puel, players like Vardy and Mahrez continue to show glimpses of the class they dazzled audiences with two seasons ago.
Pochettino this weekend resigned himself to the fact that his side were already too far adrift of runaways leaders City. But the Argentine need look no further than the King Power stadium to see that miracles can truly happen in this league.