OPPONENTS Leicester City 
COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Thursday 18th May 2017
VENUE King Power Stadium
Leicester City  SQUAD .



PREVIEW With nothing left to play for, Leicester City, who were champions this time last season, will be playing to try and gain a few more quid in Premier League placing ... oh, and to try and prove they are still a force to be reckoned with.

Unfortunately, that has long gone and with the possibility of players deserting an already sunken ship, next season will start with the side maybe reduced and unable to attract players unless they offer huge wages.  Victims of their own success ?  Maybe, but it was always going to be a one-season wonder.  Players well rewarded for their achievements have failed to produce performances regularly enough to keep the Foxes away from the drop zone for the first two thirds of the season.  Was it Ranieri's inability to motivate them or the players lacking the hunger to do it all again ?

The same players who took them to the title are still there and Vardy has struggled for goals for the majority of the season and the defence of Huth and Morgan have been shakier than their ground with happy clappers being banged.  Mahrez has found it hard to keep a consistent level of play and Drinkwater has almost disappeared without trace.

But you can beat they will play like they haven't done all season when we rock up at the 'King Power stadium.  Without a right back, it could be a three at the back, with Dier on the right side, while a four might see Eric pushed out to right back and Ben on the left.  It leaves us with one one flank to attack on, so, without Mousa being fully fit, it might mean GK Nkoudou starts to give Leicester some problems wide and with Son on the other wing, it might stretch their midfield and pull some players out of position.

I think the home side will do all they can to try and avoid defeat in their penultimate home game.  Expect lots of time-wasting, snide tackles and those fake atmosphere happy clappers, as Leicester resurrect themselves like West Ham before them (who, it should be noted, surrendered meekly to Liverpool on Sunday).

PREDICTION Leicester City    1        Tottenham Hotspur    1
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Leicester City TEAM NEWS :

Danny Rose (knee), Harry Winks (ankle), Erik Lamela (hip), Kyle Walker (ankle) and Kieran Trippier (concussion) will all be missing and Josh Onomah, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kyle Walker-Peters are all on Under-20 World Cup duty.

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Leicester City  1 (0)  

Premier League
Thursday 18th May 2017
King Power Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur  6 (2)

Kick off  19:45
Chilwell  58m 44s

Kane  24m 16s
Son  35m 09s
Kane  62m 48s
Son  70m 05s
Kane  88m 02s
Kane  90+1m 40s
Albrighton (foul on Dele) 65
Gray (foul on Dele) 76
Simpson (persistent fouling) 80


Sissoko  (foul on Chilwell)  65



Crowd :   31,351 Weather :  Wet throughout
Referee :  Michael Oliver (Northumberland) Assistant Referees :  Mr. J. Collin, ; Mr. C. Hatzidakis
Fourth Official :  Neil Swarbrick  
Spurs  kicked off and played towards the Spion Kop end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 4 minutes.
Leicester City : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Kasper SCHMEICHEL  (c)

17  Danny SIMPSON     
28  Christian FUCHS
  Yohan BENALOUANE  (22  Demarai GRAY  66     )
  3  Ben CHILWELL 

26  Riyad MAHREZ
13  Daniel AMARTEY
  Wilfred NDIDI
11  Marc ALBRIGHTON     

20  Shinji OKAZAKI  (19  Islam SLIMANI  46)
  9  Jamie VARDY  (  7  Ahmed MUSA  78)

Unused subs: 
  Ron-Robert ZIELER
38  Elliott MOORE
14  Bartosz KAPUSTKA

    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

15  Eric DIER
33  Ben DAVIES

12  Victor WANYAMA
19  Mousa DEMBELE  (44  Filip LESNIAK  86)

  7  Heung-Min SON      (  9  Vincent JANSSEN  78)
20  DELE Alli
17  Moussa SISSOKO       (14  Georges-Kevin N'KOUDOU)

10  Harry KANE       

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

27  Kevin WIMMER
43  Samuel SHASHOUA
23  Christian ERIKSEN

Manager :  Craig Shakespeare Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   King Power Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Puma Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

A devastating display of energy, killer passes and clinical finishing saw Leicester City reduced to the also-rans that they have embarrassingly become, as Spurs ran in six at the King Power Stadium and condemned the Foxes to the joint biggest Premier League home defeat and not even the prospect of playing on Thursday again for a good while.  Chief tormentor was Harry Kane, who grabbed four, Heung-Min Son who scored twice and Dele Alli, who they could only stop by foul means.

Without Trippier and Walker, Poch began with a back four and brought Dembele in alongside Wanyama and  put Sissoko in for Eriksen, who was rested.  It was an interesting bench selection with Academy graduates Filip Lesniak and 18 year old Samuel Shashoua  given an opportunity to experience first team duty.

When the game started, Leicester looked like they might make a game of it.  Son had missed a hat-trick of chances in the first fifteen minutes, failing to get any of his efforts on target when he was played in inside the box or ran into it from deeper. Sissoko also swiped one over the bar when Kane's free kick came back off the wall, but Leicester had managed two efforts, with both on target. Mahrez played in Vardy, who lashed one at goal, but Lloris not only got behind it, but caught the ball on the wet turf and then Amartey hit one from 20 yards out and Dier stuck out a foot, diverting the ball upwards as it went towards goal and Hugo leapt up to grab the ball again.

But in the 25th minute, with their first effort on target, Spurs took the lead. Son once more got away down the right onto Alderweireld's long pass that took Fuchs out of the game and he had the presence of mind to hold the ball and wait for Kane's run just behind him and his pull back was coolly volleyed past Schmeichel from five yards out. It was a good piece of unselfish play by Son, which Spurs hadn't shown until that point.

The goal sparked a spell of pressure on the Leicester goal, with Dele having a header saved low down at his post by the keeper and then

Kane ran away from Benalouane and sped a ball across the face of goal, but nobody was there to finish it, but it was only a matter of time before Spurs created another chance and some good work by Dembele freed space for Wanyama to feed Dele on the edge of the D. The midfielder lifted the ball over the defence for Son to swivel and strike a volley into the ground that left Schmeichel hopelessly grasping at thin air as his team went two down.

It didn't stop Spurs going forward and Dier glanced a header that made the goalie dive right to save at his post once more.

Leicester had but one tactic and that was try to hit Vardy long, but with a back four, there was usually cover to snuff out his threat. He did go down in the box earlier in the half, when Alderweireld went shoulder to shoulder with him in the box and Vardy did what he does best and fell to ground. Luckily, Michael Oliver was wise to his attempted deception. Sissoko did make one good intervention as Vardy thought he was through, but otherwise, Spurs were mainly intent on going forward.

Dele tried the trick of lifting the ball over the back four again, but just too high for Son to get a header on it, while Spurs enjoyed a massive amount of possession, with Leicester unable to pass to their own player or hold onto the ball without being dispossessed of it. The water laying on the pitch seemed to be slowing the ball down, as sprays were thrown up as it ran along the turf, but Spurs were happily fizzing it off the grass and running the legs off Leicester. It meant that even with the happy clappers, the home crowd were silent for much of the first 45 minutes.

All the Foxes had to show for the first half was a weak penalty shout and a couple of shots on target. Mahrez showed his lack of confidence at the moment, as he stopped playing when being hassled by Wanyama and got an undeserved free-kick, with Albrighton peripheral and their defence almost invisible. Unsurprising that at half-time they took off and brought on Slimani. Another soft free kick presented Benalouane the opportunity to head at goal, but he put it well over.

Dele mugged Fuchs and Chilwell by their own corner flag, taking the ball back along the dead ball line to try and set up Kane running to the near post, but Harry couldn't quite get to it. Leicester were content to fall down under every challenge to get set-pieces and from one that came to nothing, Dele sold Davies short, as he slipped inside his own box and Albrighton hit a shot that Dier blocked and the follow-up by Mahrez was saved low down by Lloris.

Leicester were fired up at the start of the half and were flying into tackles on the wet surface. Spurs were making the most of the ball they had and when Kane lifted one over the Leicester defence to Son, he had to adjust a bit more than for his goal and ended up shinning a scissors kick a yard wide.

A comedy of errors led to Shakespeare's side getting back into the game. A long through pass saw an offside Vardy challenge Lloris, who had come well outside the box and the ball went infield with Spurs players slipping over all over the place. It was passed to Chilwell and as Hugo ran back, he slipped on the wet grass and the home defender picked a route through the Spurs players in front of him to bring them a goal that they hadn't truly deserved.

Spurs rocked a little after the goal, looking nervous in possession, as Leicester tried to close Spurs on the ball, but a good hold up by Dembele allowed the ball to be spread to the other side of the pitch, where Sissoko rolled it into Toby's path on the right. He stood up a cross to the far post and Victor came powering in with a header across the face of goal, allowing Harry Kane the simplest of tasks to nod over the line from a yard out.

Trying for his hat-trick, Harry robbed Chilwell just inside the Leicester half and tried a quick shot over Schmeichel, but he slipped in the execution of the shot and the ball skidded along the turf. Also skidding on the turf was Son's shot when Sissoko did well in the right back position and played the ball out to Kane. Harry moved it on to Son, going for the return pass and taking defenders with him, allowing our little Korean to turn back on himself to bend the ball around Amartey and past a despairing dive by Schmeichel. 4-1 and Leicester

Moussa Sissoko ran at the home defence and hit a low shot, but the keeper was behind it. The Foxes had a chance when the keeper played a long ball out and Slimani was touched through, but Lloris was right behind it. Leicester were just flying into tackles now and Gray was booked for a high tackle on Dele and Simpson got away with one on Dembele.

Amartey put in a weak header on the end of a corner and it was slashed over by Vertonghen, before Simpson finally got booked for a late tackle on Dele. His mate Eric Dier put this one just over the bar, as Kane had done earlier, but they were still closing down and Leicester seemed happy to clear the ball anywhere. Janssen came on and worked well, putting Kane in, but his shot didn't curl enough to be on target and then Vincent put a shot a foot over after Wanyama rag-dolled Gray in midfield.

Kane found Dele on the right and his low ball was tucked away by Janssen, only to see the linesman flag for offside. Dele hit one over and there was a slight glimmer of resistance, as Fuchs struck a shot from a very narrow angle, but it went well over and wide.

It was little of note and Kane showed how it should be done, when substitute Filip Lesniak came on to put him in and he lashed a ball low through a defenders' legs and the ball sped off the ground past Schmeichel and it wrapped up his hat-trick. It was a treble he really wanted and it became four when he stumbled past three blue shirts and passed wide left to Ben Davies. He took the return pass and fired it low past Schmeichel at his near post to make it 6-1.

It was a result that put Leicester well and truly in their place. 40 points separates the two sides this season and the actual gulf in class is so much wider. They had won five straight home matches before this, but were hopelessly adrift in terms of being anywhere near Tottenham in terms of quality and determination, as Spurs were still pressing in the final minute. For all the comments about them being weakened, nobody mentions Tottenham's team. No Rose, Walker, Trippier, Lamela, Winks ,Eriksen. To take apart a Premier League side, let alone last season's champions, is testament to Pochettino's credo and the fact that the team have learned from last season in keeping going until the end.

The players who have come in have all performed and there was even an assist for Filip Lesniak when he came on and was full of running. A fitting tribute to the Lane was produced on Sunday and this is perhaps an indication that the new venues that Spurs will be playing in might not matter, after a 6-1 away victory.

A fantastic performance and one that might prove useful in next season's campaign, as the side showed its togetherness and ability to overcome desperate measures and bad luck.  It could be the beginning of something even more promising. 

Pete Stachio




Leicester City were first formulated from a heady mix of fox-hunting and pork pie eating.  Originally called Piechester City, they went on to reflect the local pursuit of foxes who went to "lie low" to avoid capture by the hounds.

Soon, the participants took to kicking a football around rather than a fox carcass and became keen to lose their lardy forms and came together as "Liechester Foxxie" before transmogrifying into "Leicester Fosse" and then finally "Leicester City".


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Other scores during this mid-week :
Arsenal 2 Sunderland 0 Tuesday
Chelsea 4 Watford 3 Monday
Manchester City 3 West Bromwich Albion 1 Tuesday
Southampton 0 Manchester United 0 Wednesday



League Table  2016-17
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 37 29 3 5 80 32 90 +48
2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 37 25 8 4 79 25 83 +54
3 Manchester City 37 22 9 6 75 39 75 +36
4 Liverpool 37 21 10 6 75 42 73 +33
5 Arsenal 37 22 6 8 74 43 72 +31
6 Manchester United 37 17 15 5 52 29 66 +23
7 Everton 37 17 10 10 61 41 61 +20
8 West Bromwich Albion 37 12 9 16 42 49 45 -7
9 Southampton 37 12 10 15 41 47 46 -6
10 Bournemouth 37 12 9 16 54 66 45 -12
11 Leicester City 37 12 7 18 47 62 43 -15
12 West Ham United London 37 11 9 17 45 63 42 -18
13 Crystal Palace 37 12 5 20 50 61 41 -11
14 Stoke City 37 10 11 16 40 56 41 -16
15 Burnley 37 11 7 19 38 53 40 -15
16 Watford 37 11 7 19 40 63 40 -23
17 Swansea City 37 11 5 21 43 69 38 -26
18 Hull City 37 9 7 21 36 73 34 -37
19 Middlesbrough 37 5 13 18 27 50 28 -23
20 Sunderland 37 6 6 25 28 64 24 -36

Position before match :  2nd
Position after match :  2nd
Position after the mid-week :  2nd


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.


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