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Full Record of Spurs -v- Leicester City

Premier       Pl  W  D  L   For- Ag Pts
Home           8  3  2  3   14 -13  11
Away           9  3  1  5   11 -17  10
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Total(Prem)   17  6  3  8   25 -30  21
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   29 13  6 10   64 -46  34
Away(Div 1)   29 16  4  9   53 -54  40
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Total(Div 1)  58 29 10 19  117 -100 74
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    7  3  3  1   12 - 7   9
Away(Div 2)    7  4  1  2   14 -13   9
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Total(Div 2)  14  7  4  3   26 -20  18
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Total(Prem)   17  6  3  8   25 -30  21
Total(Div 1)  58 29 10 19  117 -100 74
Total(Div 2)  14  7  4  3   26 -20  18
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Grand Total   89 42 17 30  168 -150 111
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs     -    WLDWWL

Spurs      2-1   Arsenal
Liverpool  3-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-2   West Ham
Spurs      3-2   Swansea
QPR        1-2   Spurs
Man Utd    3-0   Spurs

Leicester -    LLLDLD

Man Utd    3-1   Leicester
Leicester  0-1   C. Palace
Arsenal    2-1   Leicester
Everton    2-2   Leicester
Man City   2-0   Leicester
Leicester  0-0   Hull

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 7. Spurs     29 15  5  9  46-42   4   50
20. Leicester 28  4  7 17  24-44 -20   19

Another losable game for Spurs

Leicester might be bottom of the table, 31 points behind and 13 places below Spurs, but that does not mean they have no chance tomorrow. Here we have not only a potential banana skin, but a perfectly losable game for Spurs.

The "Foxes" have not won a league game since 10th January (1-0 at home at Aston Villa), and they have only managed 4 league wins all season, but the last game they did win was at White Hart Lane, when we lost 2-1 in the FA Cup Fourth Round (Spurs 1 Leicester 2, 24.01.15).

Nigel Pearson's side will travel to Tottenham feeling they have every chance of taking a point or more back to the East Midlands. Despite their bottom of the table position, and I suppose the table does not lie, I don't feel that Leicester have been the worst footballing side we've seen. They have usually competed well in every game, and unlike Spurs they have not lost any game by three clear goals. We've suffered that three times, last week at old Trafford being the most recent example.

Leicester managed to beat Louis van Gaal's United team early in the season 5-3, and only lost at Old Trafford by two goals. Leicester's league form since that win over United has been very poor, with only two more victories. They've suffered runs of 13 games without a win, and now 6 league games without a win since September.

Whatever happens tomorrow, one comfort for Leicester is that 6 of their remaining games will be at home, although one of those is their game in hand against Chelsea. Another comfort will be that FA Cup win at The Lane, and also the fact that they were unlucky home losers when we beat them on Boxing Day (Leicester 1 Spurs 2). The Eriksen - Kane goal-scoring combination worked a treat for us for the third occasion so far this season in a 2-1 away win.

The last time we played Leicester at home in the Premier League was something of a farce. The match finished 4-4, with Spurs managing to gift three of the opposition goals, with the "Ginger Pele", Gary Doherty, scoring Leicester's first goal in his own net. Former Spurs players featuring for Leicester were Ian Walker, Ben Thatcher, and Les Ferdinand. Kasey Keller, who mplayed for Leicester against Spurs in the 1999 Worthington Cup Final was our goalkeeper for this game. "Sir Les" scored against his old team, not for the first time, and so did Thatcher. Marcus (not Darren) Bent scored Leicester's fourth goal to give them the lead, having been 3-1 down. It took a late Jermain Defoe goal (his second of the game) to level matters.

In our previous encounters this season, one player who did go to the African Cup of Nations and another who perhaps should have caused us problems. Algeria's Riyad Mahrez was a constant threat in the Boxing Day game, and Ghana's Jeffrey Schlupp scored Leicester's late FA Cup winner. The other goal was scored by Ulloa. Schlupp had been declared unfit to travel to Africa, and there was a little controversy about his presence against us in the FA Cup game.

Leicester's Dean Hammond is their only listed injury, but he has made only 9 league starts this season. For Spurs, Roberto Soldado still has a knee injury, which kept him out of the 18 at Old Trafford, and he may be missing tomorrow. Harry Kane's chest will be puffed out with even more pride than usual, following his deserved and predicted full England call-up. I can only assume that Roy Hodgson did not see the United game last week, because the other two Spurs players called up, Walker and Townsend were voted our two worst players.

A much improved and cohesive performance is required from Spurs tomorrow, and whilst I do predict a win (2-1 again!), it is not going to be easy, I'm sure.

Tomorrow's match referee is Mike Dean, who was last in charge of us when we drew 2-2 at Bramall Lane in the second leg of our Capital One Cup semi-final against Sheffield United. Mr Dean was last at The Lane in March last year when we lost 1-0 to Arsenal.

On 19th March, 10 years ago Spurs beat Man City 2-1. Those were the days!

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