Leicester City vs Spurs
Venue: King Power Stadium
Leicester City play host to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (today) afternoon, looking to record their third successive victory of the new Premier League campaign.
It is a different story for Spurs, however, with Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit still looking for their first win of the season and with doubts over the fitness of star striker Harry Kane.
Ahead of the new season, Leicester would have seen the first two games as a chance to pick up several points but the Foxes perhaps didn’t expect to produce the results or the performances that they have done in their opening 180 minutes of football this campaign.
The appointment of Claudio Ranieri was widely criticised but so far, the arrival of the Italian looks to be a shrewd choice made by the club’s owners and while there are still doubts about the team from a defensive perspective, six goals in two Premier League matches is a promising start.
Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy have been outstanding in attack, as has new signing Shinji Okazaki, while former Napoli midfielder, Gokhan Inler, will add plenty to a team initially expected to be scrapping for survival.
That may still turn out to be the case, but it is important for the East Midlands side to maintain their momentum ahead of the international break.
The club will be realistic with their ambitions, but the more points that they can pick up before Christmas, the better.
This tie will see Leicester going for their fifth successive home win and their sixth in seven games.
Only Chelsea have taken anything from the King Power since the start of April, and that highlights the size of the task in front of Spurs.
After recording one point from their opening two games, it hasn’t been the best of starts for Spurs, but boss Pochettino has insisted that no-one is panicking at White Hart Lane.
The Argentine believes that no judgement should be made until after 10 games, but it is imperative that they pick up something from their trip to Leicester to avoid playing catch up over the next few weeks.
Positives could be taken from their narrow 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, but dropping two points at home to Stoke City would have been hard to take. A comfortable win over a solid Potters unit would have been applauded, but instead, supporters have been left demanding improvements.
All eyes will also be on Harry Kane, who Pochettino admitted wasn’t fit last weekend. The England international hasn’t had much of a pre-season, but the club need their star man firing on all cylinders sooner rather than later.
Leicester City possible starting lineup: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, Huth, Vardy, King, Albrighton, Schlupp, Okazaki, Mahrez.
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Mason, Chadli, Dembele, Eriksen, Kane.