OPPONENTS Leicester City 
COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Tuesday 28th November 2017
VENUE King Power Stadium
2.  Danny SIMPSON
5.  Wes MORGAN
6.  Robert HUTH
7.  Demarai GRAY
8.  Kelechi IHEANACHO
9.  Jamie VARDY
10.  Andy KING
12.  Ben HAMER
13.  Ahmed MUSA
14.  Adrien SILVA
15.  Harry MAGUIRE
16.  Aleksander DRAGOVIC
17.  Eldin JAKUPOVIC
18.  Daniel AMARTEY
19.  Islam SLIMANI
20.  Shinji OKAZAKI
21.  Vicente IBORRA
22.  Matty JAMES
23.  Leonardo ULLOA
25. Wilfried NDIDI
26.  Riyad MAHREZ
28.  Christian FUCHS
34.  Josh KNIGHT
38.  Hamza CHOUDHURY
PREVIEW Spurs shouldn't expect this game to consist of any more playing time than they got on Saturday, with Kasper Schmeichel the king of cleaning his boots on the post every time before he takes a goal kick. 

Leicester have had a patchy season and are on their second manager with Claude Puel having replaced Craig Shakespeare.   Draws among wins over fellow bottom half clubs Brighton, Swansea and Everton have lifted them up the table.  Since they sold Kante, there has been a softer centre to the Leicester midfield and Ndidi has done OK, but is not in the same league as Kante.  There are several players who have remained and done well, such as Vardy and Mahrez, but they have yet to scale the heights they achieved two seasons back.  Gray looks good on the wing, cutting in to threaten the goal too, while Okazaki works hard and sometimes gets a reward for his effort, but other signings have not paid off. 

Iheanacho has not had a lot of game time since coming in from Manchester City and Maguire has yet to recover the strong performances he put in for Hull Last season.  Ulloa hasn't featured much since his bust up with Ranieri last season, Belalouane is a little bit leaden footed, while the back four are ageing and the midfield tries hard, but having lost Danny Drinkwater, they lack a bit of dynamism.  Some of their foreign signings have been taking time to adapt to the premier League and Adrien Silva isn't even available until January, after the club signed him seconds after the transfer deadline closed. 

Relying on the pace of Vardy chasing down long balls and the trickery of Gray and Mahrez, Leicester base their strength on a tight defence and a battling midfield.  It will be a little like the West Bromwich Albion match, but with Leicester playing a bit more football.  It might give Spurs a bit more of a chance, with Leicester being at home, but don't expect it to be as simple a task as last season's visit to the King Power.

Our inability to keep a clean sheet means we will have to be sharper up front and as was shown on Saturday, we cannot afford to start slowly or to be slow in our movement of and off the ball, making it difficult for the Foxes to run past us.

I expect that we might have the bigger share of possession, but we have to make the most out of it.

PREDICTION Leicester City    1        Tottenham Hotspur    2
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Robert Huth will miss the game against Spurs at the King Power stadium. 
Victor Wanyama (knee) and Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) are still out, while Harry Winks has been ill and will be assessed before kickoff to see if he can play.  Erik Lamela is set to get a place in the match day squad after a year out with a hip problem.

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Leicester City  2 (2)  

Premier League
Tuesday 28th November 2017
King Power Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur  1 (0)

Kick off 19:45
Vardy  12m 25s
Mahrez  45m + 0m 55s
Kane  78m 10s


Vertonghen  (foul on Mahrez)  21
Lamela  (foul on Iborra)  90 


Crowd :   31,950 Weather :  Chilly
Referee :  Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester) Assistant Referees :  Mr. G. Beswick; Mr. A. Nunn
Fourth Official :  Chris Kavanagh  
Leicester  kicked off and played towards the - end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 8 minutes.
Leicester City : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
  1  Kasper SCHMEICHEL

  2  Danny SIMPSON

26  Riyad MAHREZ    (  7  Demarai GRAY  77)
21  Vincente IBORRA
25  Wilfried NDIDI

20  Shinji OKAZAKI  (38  Hamza CHOUDHURY  83)

  9  Jamie VARDY    (19  Islam SLIMANI  87)

Unused subs: 
12  Ben HAMER
16  Aleksander DRAGOVIC
10  Andy KING
18  Daniel AMARTEY

    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

15  Eric DIER
  6  Davinson SANCHEZ
  5  Jan VERTONGHEN     

17  Moussa SISSOKO  (  7  Heung-Min SON  57)
  Mousa DEMBELE  (18  Fernando LLORENTE  69)

24  Serge AURIER
Christian ERIKSEN  (11  Erik LAMELA  77     )
  DELE Alli
  3  Danny ROSE

10  Harry KANE 

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

  2  Kieran TRIPPIER
33  Ben DAVIES
1  Juan FOYTH

Manager :  Claude Puel Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   King Power Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Puma Kit Supplier :   Nike
Match report

Following the lacklustre first half performance against West Brom on Saturday, Spurs followed a similar pattern n this game against Leicester City, who took a two goal half-time lead that Tottenham, try as they might could not salvage anything from.  Two goals out of the blue won it for the home team, while Spurs squandered chances to earn a draw, but in the end suffered a defeat which is another set-back after doing so well in Europe.

Erik Lamela made the bench, as Pochettino rotated the side again, with Rose in for Davies, Dembele starting with Sissoko in the defensive two, while Serge Aurier came in for Kieran Trippier.  Leicester were more or less at full strength and they got the match underway.  The early chances fell the home side's way, with Lloris rushing out of his box to foil Vardy running onto a ball over the top, then Ndidi tested Hugo from 25 yards out, but the keeper was always behind it.   They came closest in the ninth minute when a corner was headed at goal by Morgan, but |Rose headed away from in front of the line, although Lloris might have had it covered.

Kane's run past a couple of Leicester players saw him play a bent pass across the pitch to Sissoko and his pull back was nicked off Christian Eriksen's toe for a corner.  A chipped ball forward by Albrighton saw Vardy running onto it and letting it drop over his shoulder and volleying it dipping over Lloris to open the goal-scoring.  It was a strike in a million, but they are going in against us at the moment and on the balance of the early play, it was a fair reflection of the game.

When Kane set up Moussa Sissoko going in one on one with Schmeichel, he forced a save, with Iborra clearing it off the line from under the bar.  It was a great chance, which if it had been the other way around, you might have backed Harry to finish it.  There was almost a repeat of the goal, but this time Hugo grabbed the ball off him, just before he was going to  make contact.  Halfway through the half, Hugo once more rushed out to head the ball away as Leicester looked for Vardy with another long ball.  A keeper kicking the ball out at the other end almost saw Schmeichel present a chance to Dele, when he was aiming for Chilwell, but the Spurs man couldn't reach it and it went out for a Spurs throw.

Spurs came close when they broke away from a Leicester corner when Spurs broke away with Eriksen feeding Alli, forcing a save from Schmeichel and the follow up saw Harry Kane with a good chance, but he couldn't touch it as Dele had the last touch, so would have been offside.  It was end to end stuff, with Rose having to knock the ball away a cross as Okazaki was sneaking in behind him.  A foul by Aurier gave Mahrez the chance to put a ball into the box and Morgan should have done better with a free header that he put wide.  Kane played a fine cross on the half-volley to Rose on the left, but after chesting it, the Spurs left wing-back smashed a shot over the bar.

There was little time on the ball for Spurs, with Leicester working hard to shut us down, thus the ball kept getting turned over and the early ball was aimed at the Spurs defence and aimed at catching them out.  But with ten minutes left, Spurs were working their passing game a bit better and Sissoko did well on the left, forcing a hurried clearance with a low cross.  Kane won a corner on the right, resulting in a shot on target, as Aurier hit it straight at the keeper.  Vertonghen almost found Kane with a header from a corner, but Maguire just got there first.  With the game moving into the second minute of added time, Leicester broke away after being pinned back in their defensive third.  They fed Mahrez on the right and nobody shut off him coming inside, allowing him to bend the ball past Hugo into the top corner from the edge of the box.  It was another cracking goal, but the defence looked fragile and didn't make an attempt to close him down, so without much time to restart the match, it was a bad time to let a goal in.

At the start of the second half, Spurs showed immediate attacking effort, with Kane taking an early shot that flashed across the Leicester goal and just wide of the far post, with Schmeichel looking like he had it covered if it had been on target.  Harry was up for it, with a corner coming in and Kane's header was blocked by Maguire in front of him.  Okazaki had a good headed chance but put it over the bar, when Chilwell ran half the length of the pitch without anyone getting a meaningful challenge on him.

Tottenham were pressing and Son's introduction aided that new attacking spirit, but Eric Dier lost the ball to Vardy, who was away and was robbed of the ball by Vertonghen, but straight away Tottenham broke upfield and some pinball in the box dropped to Eriksen's right foot, but he scuffed it wide from six yards out, with few bodies in front of him.  Llorente had replaced Dembele, then Lamela came on for Eriksen, with Mahrez making way for Gray, as the changes were made to try to change the game.

The match was drifting to a poor defeat, when Lamela put a little ball through to Harry Kane and he buried the ball past Schmeichel form the angle on the right.  Lamela's return had been long awaited and made his presence felt straight away, which set up a frantic last ten minutes, as Leicester dropped back further towards their own goal, trying to protect what they had.  A fine cross played in by Aurier picked out Llorente's right foot and put it over the top, when he might have done better trying with his other foot.  Lamela almost scored with a header, then Kane was denied by a punch from Schmeichel and had a free-kick given against him, when the keeper was looking for a foul before the Spurs forward got close to him.  Additionally, Lamela was shown a yellow card for a nothing challenge on Iborra.

There were four minutes of added time, but Spurs looked as though they had left it too late.  Aurier crossed for Dele to attack, but Gray did well to get  to the ball first.  Dier and Sanchez went for the ball from the corner and Eric put it too high.  The chances that we had missed were totting up, so, when Rose went into the box and was brought down by Ndidi, Taylor waved away claims for a penalty and Gray broke away for the Foxes, but it broke down and the ball was moved to the other end very swiftly, where Son bent a shot wide of the Leicester goal. 

Leicester held out until the final whistle, leaving us with nothing to show for the second half performance, other than Kane's goal and Lamela's assist.  With the chances we created, we should have come away with something, as Leicester tired and Spurs gained the upper hand, but we can't be starting two goals behind and need to step up our game in the first half.  If we can start at a decent pace, get a goal ahead, then the other side have to come out and play, leaving us the ability to hit them on the break.  Watford lost 2-4 at home to Man U tonight and we go there on Saturday.

The result of that game might prove to be an interesting comparison.

Sparky Marky




Leicester were the first club in England to be sponsored by  the  field sport fraternity, but the Football League drew the line at the slogan proposed for their shirts, which read  "Come On You Hunts", which they found incongruous with it being on the front of the Foxes' shirts.


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Other scores during this week :
Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Crystal Palace 0 Tuesday
Watford 2 Manchester United 4 Tuesday
West Bromwich Albion 2 Newcastle United 2 Tuesday
Arsenal 5 Huddersfield Town 0 Wednesday
Bournemouth 1 Burnley 2 Wednesday
Chelsea 1 Swansea City 0 Wednesday
Everton 4 West Ham United London 0 Wednesday
Manchester City 2 Southampton 1 Wednesday
Stoke City 0 Liverpool 3 Wednesday



League Table  2017-18
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester City 14 13 1 0 44 9 40 +35
2 Manchester United 14 10 2 2 32 8 33 +24
3 Chelsea 14 9 2 3 25 11 29 +14
4 Arsenal 14 9 1 4 28 16 28 +11
5 Liverpool 14 7 5 2 28 18 26 +10
6 Burnley 14 7 4 3 14 11 25 +3
7 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 14 7 3 4 22 12 24 +10
8 Watford 14 6 3 5 24 25 21 -1
9 Leicester City 14 4 5 5 19 19 17 0
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 14 4 5 5 13 14 17 -1
11 Newcastle United 14 4 3 7 13 19 15 -6
12 Everton 14 4 3 8 17 28 15 -11
13 Huddersfield Town 14 4 3 7 9 24 15 -15
14 AFC Bournemouth 14 4 2 8 12 16 14 -4
15 Southampton 14 4 4 6 14 17 13 -3
16 Stoke City 14 3 4 7 16 30 13 -13
17 West Bromwich Albion 14 2 6 6 12 21 12 -9
18 West Ham United London 14 2 4 8 12 30 10 -18
19 Swansea City 14 2 3 9 7 16 9 -9
20 Crystal Palace 14 2 3 9 8 25 9 -17


Position before match :  5th
Position after match :  5th
Position after the midweek matches :  7th


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


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