Over the last ten gameweeks, Tottenham (W8, L2) have crept closer to the top two. They can win stylishly, but also grind out results, as evidenced by the fact that Mauricio Pochettino’s men have strung together three one-goal margin victories in a row in the league.
Ending 5-4 to the hosts, last season’s corresponding fixture at Wembley was a late contender for ‘game of the season’, and more goals should be guaranteed. Yet to play a draw in the Premier League (PL) so far, Tottenham are also one of just three teams who are yet to see a goalless match this season.
Leicester, meanwhile, are having a tough period (W1, D1, L3), and this will be the sixth time in the last ten PL rounds that they will face a team from the current top seven. Playing away, Leicester have scored at least one goal in 12 of 13 matches – and precisely one goal in a majority (eight) of 13.
The total goals output from Leicester games is the (joint) second-lowest in the league so far (2.4 on average per match), as is the share of matches seeing three goals or more (40%). Curiously, Leicester have scored the first goal in five of their PL away matches – but have been in front at half time just once.
Players to watch: Son Heung-Min (TOT) has picked up where he left off before the Asian Cup with goals in both matches since his comeback. Meanwhile, Jamie Vardy (LEI) has four goals and three assists in eight matches against Tottenham.
Stat attack: Tottenham’s last five PL home matches have seen an average of 3.2 yellow cards.
Leicester’s away matches in the PL have produced 11.69 corners on average this season.
Though goals should come, a notable 41.18% of the matches here this season have ended 1-0 either way (in all competitions).
Will not play
Referee: Oliver M. (Eng),
Venue: Wembley Stadium (London)
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