Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City FA Cup Match Preview

FA Cup

The Foxes return to FA Cup action this weekend as they travel to White Hart Lane to face an in-form Spurs side, who look to finally be finding their feet under boss Mauricio Pochettino, after shaky early season form.

Leicester will hope to get back to winning ways after Stoke City ended the Foxes unbeaten January with a 1-0 victory last week and Manager Nigel Pearson will look to give new record signing Andrej Krameric his full debut after playing just under half an hour against Mark Hughes’s side.

Foxes fans will be keen to see how the Croatian striker deals with English football and sticking him into the thick of FA Cup action will no doubt give a good reflection of what sort of signing Leicester have made. Who Krameric partners with up front will be interesting, whether it is Argentine Leo Ulloa, the speedy Jamie Vardy or playmaker David Nugent.

As with previous weeks, the side do look better with Nugent in the side, but leaving out Leo Ulloa, ruffled the feathers of a few of the Foxes faithful last week and though Pearson, rarely listens to the fans views, he will know Ulloa could be the best option to partner the new signing Krameric.

In recent weeks it has been hard to pick who will play in midfield with various players missing for the odd game here and there and credit must go to the midfield for their ability to cope with different combinations. It looks likely that both Esteban Cambiasso and Dean Hammond are fit for selection and in Hammond, the former Southampton midfielder, he has been the stand out player in the middle of the park.

As mentioned earlier, there were distinct grumblings on social media for Pearson’s team selection against Stoke, dropping the in-form Marc Albrighton to the bench and also Jamie Vardy’s inclusion in the side. Albrighton is well liked by the Foxes fans and put in a couple of excellent performances recently, and there is hope that he will return to the side joining the resurgent Anthohny Knockaert out on the wings.

Facing an in-form Tottenham side away from home will not be easy for the Foxes, and Spurs for the large part were excellent in their most recent home victory against Sunderland. They controlled the game for large parts, but were guilty of taking their foot off the gas at times and allowed the Black Cats to almost snatch the win, before they themselves snatched a late victory.

Christian Eriksen was the standout player in that game, with the Danish International, providing the attacking intent throughout, with former Leicester loanee Harry Kane also having an excellent game. Leicester fans will be amazed by Kane’s improvement in recent times, after his less than impressive spell with the Foxes a couple of seasons ago.

Leicester will need to be wary of both Spurs attacking fullbacks who do provide excellent support for the midfield and front men. Both Danny Rose and Kyle Walker caused distinct problems for Sunderland in their most recent game and both Danny Simpson and Paul Konchesky will need to be at the top of their game to thwart the attacking intent of these two exciting English talents.

Prediction – It will be a tough game for the Foxes at an in-form Spurs side and a draw would be an excellent result for Nigel Pearson’s team, taking them back to the King Power Stadium for a replay. Krameric to get his first goal in English football to snatch a 1-1 draw for the Foxes.

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