Tottenham will hope to move to within just a point of second placed Leicester City by coming out on top in the second of three meetings of the sides in the space of just a week and a half.
A very fortunate penalty converted by Harry Kane is the reason why Tottenham have a second chance in the FA Cup, but it cannot be denied that they had most of the territory and pressure in a game where both teams went with much-changed starting XIs. As for their last Premier League match, they left Everton a little frustrated that they could not emerge with all three points, especially given the manner in which they dominated the first half.
Almost the whole of that 45 minutes took place in the opposing half, so it was quite an incredible sight to see their former winger Aaron Lennon put Everton ahead, but Toby Alderweireld showed yet more evidence to suggest that he is now arguably the best centre-back in the Premier League with another sensational long pass to pick out Dele Alli, about whom it is similarly difficult to run out of superlatives. Spurs are in a very good position at present, and will really be knocking on the door if they triumph here.
After failing to score in their last three Premier League games including a goalless draw with 10-man Bournemouth in a match where they missed numerous chances including a penalty kick, the performance at White Hart Lane on Sunday will have come as a confidence boost for Leicester as they came so close to pulling off another notable victory. It was particularly pleasing for boss Claudio Ranieri to see a couple of players look assured on their debuts, including recent signing Demarai Gray.
The 19-year-old brings with him huge potential, and while keen to to take players on out wide he never shies away from doing his defensive duty. However, it will still be hard for him to make an immediate impression on the starting XI in the Premier League with Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton having shone so brightly this season, and they will be determined to get the Foxes back winning again in a fixture which normally produces goals aplenty.
Both sides are set to make significant changes from the cup meeting, but Tottenham forward Clinton N’Jie remains sidelined by a long-term injury.
Jamie Vardy will hope to be fit after a couple of weeks out with a groin problem, while N’Golo Kante should be fit despite coming off at half-time on Sunday.
Last Meeting: A hat-trick from Harry Kane helped Tottenham just sneak to a win which kept Leicester rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table in March. The England striker put them two goals up inside 13 minutes with a close range shot and a deflected effort, but Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan struck to bring Leicester level shortly after half-time. A Kane penalty and Jeffrey Schlupp’s own goal made it 4-2 to Spurs, and they held on despite David Nugent’s late consolation.
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