Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City Match Preview

| March 21, 2015 | Reply

Leicester travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday with the clock ticking on their Premier League survival chances after last week’s disappointing draw at home to 10-man Hull City. They find themselves seven points away from safety albeit with a game in hand but it looks increasing likely that they will need pick up a minimum of five wins from their remaining 10 games despite only winning four across the first 28 games.

Leicester have no new injury concerns with only Dean Hammond sidelined by a calf problem and Anthony Knockaert still suffering with illness. Ritchie De Laet has forced his way back into to team ahead of Danny Simpson giving Leicester a more attacking outlet than the defensive minded Simpson, with manager Nigel Pearson needing to go hell for leather if his Foxes side have any chance of survival.

The continued back three pairing of Matt Upson, Robert Huth and captain Wes Morgan seems set in stone, despite Leicester needing to score goals if they are to have any real hope for survival. The continued lone assault up front from Andrej Kramaric has seen the Croatian restricted to just two goals since his January arrival and Foxes fans calls for further options up front from either top scorer Leo Ulloa or the hardworking David Nugent, have fallen on deaf ears.

Esteban Cambiasso continues to impress for the Foxes in midfield and has worked up a nice little partnership with Matty James who gets better each game. If Leicester’s defence and strikers had performed to the level of the midfield this season, they would likely have been well clear of the drop zone. Riyad Mahrez continues to impress and there is little doubt that the Foxes will lose the Algerian international in the summer should relegation be confirmed.

The form of Ghanaian Jeff Schlupp has been a plus for the Foxes this season and if they can hold onto their younger players should relegation happen, there is no reason why they cannot plot an assault on the Championship for the second year in three.

Last week saw the return of Kasper Schmeichel to the match-day squad and he will be looking to replace the veteran Mark Schwarzer in the line-up against a Spurs side still clinging onto faint Champions League hopes.

Leicester have had some positive results at Tottenham in recent times with their last visit there in January for the FA Cup producing a 2-1 victory. The reverse league fixture saw the

Foxes lose 2-1 with former loanee Harry Kane on the scoresheet after just 58 seconds of the match starting.

All eyes will be on Kane after his call-up for the first time to the England Squad after bagging an impressive twenty-four goals in all competitions this season. Both his performances and that of Ryan Mason have been an added bonus for England fans with manager Mauricio Pocchettino willing to give English talent a good go.

Prediction

Leicester need to go all out for the win and they have performed well in the past at White Hart Lane which leads us to give an optimistic prediction of a 2-1 win with goals from Nugent and Schlupp and give Foxes manager Pearson a fighting chance of leading the club to the ‘Great Escape’

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