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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Leicester, 29.10.16

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Full Record of Spurs -v- Leicester City

Premier       Pl  W  D  L   For- Ag Pts
Home          10  4  2  4   18 -17  14
Away          10  3  2  5   12 -18  11
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Total(Prem)   20  7  4  9   30 -35  25
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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)   20  7  4  9   30 -35  25
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   92 43 18 31  173 -155 115
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WWWWDD

Stoke      0-4   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   S'derland
M'brough   1-2   Spurs
Spurs      2-0   Man City
West Brom  1-1   Spurs
B'mouth    0-0   Spurs

Leicester     -    LWLDLW

Liverpool  4-1   Leicester
Leicester  3-0   Burnley
Man Utd    4-1   Leicester
Leicester  0-0   S'hampton
Chelsea    3-0   Leicester
Leicester  3-1   C. Palace

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs      9  5  4  0  13-4    9   19
12. Leicester  9  3  2  4  11-15  -4   11

Home! Home at last!

After four consecutive away games - none of which have been won - Spurs return home for the first time in almost a month. The last home game was on October 2nd, when we beat Manchester City 2-0. That was the second game in Pep Guardiola's record 6-match run as a manager without winning a game. Now we welcome Premier League Champions Leicester, who have lost all four of their away league games so far. Their last three away defeats have been by three goal margins too. Ranieri and his men will be keen to put such poor away form behind them this week.

Fans going to this week's game will notice the massive change and progress being made, even in such a short space of time, in the building of our fantastic new stadium.

When Leicester came to The Lane last season they were in second place on 40 points, four ahead of us in fourth. Robert Huth's 83rd minute goal proved pivotal in the title race. The following Saturday, "The Foxes" beat Stoke 3-0; went top of the table, and they never looked back. Spurs became the only other possible Premier League title winners later in the season, but that dream faded towards the end. Leicester fans will be gloating this week, and of course they are entitled. However, in 12th place, already 9 points off the pace, they'd better make the most of their glory last season.

Leicester's current league form is mystifying, especially considering their brilliant start to their first Champions League programme, in which they have won all three games, almost securing their passage already to the Round of 16 in the New Year. Jamie Vardy hasn't scored in 10 games for club and country, and was even left out of Ranieri's starting line-up last week against Palace. Both Vardy and Mahrez are amongst those short-listed for this year's Ballon D'Or, along with our own Hugo Lloris.

Leicester are obviously missing Kante, who was such a key player for them last year, but who was prised away by Chelsea. Mahrez has also perhaps not been in his very best form so far. Ranieri's signings include the exciting Islam Slimani, who did get off the mark early in the season, but hasn't scored for a month, and midfielder Musa, from CSKA, who got his first club goal last week. Spurs will need to be on their game to secure all three points tomorrow.

Both teams have effectively had a week off, with Leicester knocked out of the EFL Cup at their first hurdle, and Spurs' second string losing on Tuesday night at Anfield. Dier, Wanyama and Lamela all played part of the League Cup game, but they will be fresh enough tomorrow.

There was no sign of either Toby Alderweireld or Harry Kane in yesterday's selection of training pictures released by the club. The hope has always been that Harry will be fit for the "North London Derby" a week on Sunday. We need both our top scorer for the last two seasons and our best defender last season (and this) back in action as soon as possible.

In the meantime, Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama shared the minutes at Anfield on Tuesday, and both will be required tomorrow. Eric will play in the back four, in place of Alderweireld, whilst Victor will be our rock in front of the defence. I think everyone expects a team of Lloris; Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Wanyama, Dembele; Lamela, Alli, Eriksen; Son.

Jan Vertonghen needs to be careful, as a fifth booking would put him out of the Arsenal game.

A win tomorrow should put us back in the top four after a week-end in which all of the top four are away, and three of them face tough opposition. Ironically, I think the team at the top - Manchester City - are the most vulnerable of those above us, as they travel to The Hawthorns to face a resilient West Brom.

However, the win is going to be difficult, but I will take us to take the three points by the odd goal.

Referee Bobby Madley is the first referee this season to be in charge of a Spurs game for the second time. There is a link between him and the two teams in this game. His previous game here was in charge of the 1-1 draw with Liverpool, who beat us on Tuesday. Mr. Madley's previous Leicester game was their 4-2 EFL Cup home defeat by Chelsea.

Reviewing Spurs' last Champions League Season - 2010-11. 6 years ago, on 30th October, we lost 2-0 at Old Trafford

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