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Full Record of Spurs -v- Leicester City

Premier       Pl  W  D  L   For- Ag Pts
Home          15  7  3  5   30 -25  24
Away          15  6  2  7   26 -25  20
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Total(Prem)   30 13  5 12   56 -50  44  1.47 Pts per game
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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)   30 13  5 12   56 -50  44 
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  102 49 19 34  199 -170 134
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Leicester  -    WDLWLW

Leicester  4-2    Watford
S'hampton  2-2    Leicester
A. Villa   2-1    Leicester
Leicester  4-0    Newcastle
Man City   6-3    Leicester
Leicester  1-0    Liverpool

Spurs      -    WWDWDW
           
Spurs      2-0    Brentford
Spurs      3-0    Norwich
Spurs      2-2    Liverpool
Spurs      3-0    C. Palace
S'hampton  1-1    Spurs
Watford    0-1    Spurs

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs     18 10  3  5  23-20   3   33
10. Leicester 18  7  4  7  31-33  -2   25

Hoping for action, and a win!

This game was originally scheduled to be played on 16th December, but was postponed due to Covid issues in the Leicester camp. Since then, Spurs have played four Premier League games and 8 games in all. Leicester have managed two league games, the last of which was on 28th December and two cup games. "The Foxes" last match was a 4-1 FA Cup win over Watford, when the Leicester side was short of personnel. Hence their next game at Goodison Park was called off, but Saturday's scheduled game at Turf Moor was called off because of Burnley's problems. Whilst there have been rumours that this game is yet again at risk, we must hope for action tomorrow night.

My original preview can still be read, but this is an updated edition.

Looking at the Premier injuries site, Leicester do have massive problems, but apparently no Covid cases, so I suspect the game will go ahead. Firstly four players are away taking part in the African Cup of Nations. These are Iheanacho, Mendy, Amartey and Ndidi. Then there are a number of definite absentees through injury. These are Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, Wesley Fofana, Boubakary Soumare, Timothy Castagne and Jamie Vardy. It's quite a list and one Covid case would probably get the game postponed, just as Arsenal managed at the weekend.

Spurs will definitely be missing Son and Romero. The latter might be available for the Chelsea game which would be a bonus. Steven Bergwijn will definitely be available and may play on the left side of the front three. Sergio Reguilon and Eric Dier both have a chance to play at The King Power Stadium, but Antonio Conte might choose to hold them back for the Chelsea game bearing in mind Leicester's limited resources.

Fofana has been a great miss for "The Foxes" but was injured in a pre-season friendly against Villarreal. The injury was described as a broken leg and the player needed oxygen when being stretchered off the pitch. Leicester fans hope to see Fofana back in action soon, perhaps early in February.

Zambian striker Patson Daka became Leicester City's first summer signing, completing a move from Austrian champions RB Salzburg and agreeing a five-year deal. Leicester reputedly paid 23 million. Daka scored his first Premier League goal against Man Utd in October and scored all four of Leicester's goals away to Spartak in their next game. Daka scored against Newcastle and also had an assist.

Ryan Bertrand (free) and Denmark defender Jannik Vestergaard were both signed in the summer from Southampton. Ademola Lookman was signed on loan from German side RB Leipzig. The 23-year-old joined his third Premier League club after making a total of 70 appearances in the competition for Everton and Fulham.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is a 23-year-old academy product who has made his senior debut this season. He came off the bench in Leicester's Community Shield win over Man City and made a Premier League debut a week later. Dewsbury-Hall's last game was against Liverpool, and he is expected to be available tomorrow.

Players such as Schmeichel, Soyuncu, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Thomas, Justin, Albrighton, Harvey Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Daka, Lookman and Ayoze Perez all seem to be available to play, so we should not expect an easy game by any means. We have won four of our last six games at The King Power Stadium, including last season's 4-2 win, in which Gareth Bale scored his last two Spurs goals and Harry Kane secured his third golden boot.

I am predicting a Spurs win, and will say 2-1. The game kicks off at 7.30pm and is being televised by BT SPORT. I shall not be in attendance as I am self-isolating after a positive Covid test last Friday. My symptoms have been no worse than 'flu' and I shall be offering a TV eye report. Whilst I have chosen not to attend Sunday's game at Chelsea, I do hope for "freedom" later this week!

Did you know? - Colin Appleton, who was a member of Leicester City's losing FA Cup finalists in 1961, died in May 2021, aged 85. Like the Spurs manager Bill Nicholson, Appleton was born in Scarborough, but 17 years after "Bill Nick" in 1936. Appleton went on to Captain Leicester and led them to their first major trophy, which was the 1964 two-legged League Cup Final in which they beat Stoke City 4-3 on aggregate. Appleton made 333 appearances for "The Foxes" in league and cup football.

Our match referee (for the 34th time) will be Jon Moss. His last Spurs game was our 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Boxing Day. Mysteriously, Mr. Moss last refereed Leicester in October 2020 when "The Foxes" lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa. I have no record of this referee being in charge of a Spurs v Leicester game in the past.

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