Premier League preview: Leicester vs Tottenham – Ranieri looking to maintain 100% start


No side in the Premier League has more momentum than Leicester City, and they can make it three wins out of three when they host a Tottenham side that is still waiting their first triumph of the season.

A considerable number of people expected the East Midlands club to be knocked off their stride somewhat following a turbulent summer which saw an abrupt change of manager, but so far the appointment of Claudio Ranieri has certainly had the desired effect. Supporters have been treated to more enterprising football from a side that is playing with real freedom and a cutting edge in attack.

Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton have been the two standout performers, and were right in the centre of action as the Foxes claimed an impressive 2-1 victory at West Ham United, combining superbly for the crucial second goal. The confidence emanating from the team is an ominous sign for their rivals and suggests they mean business – regardless of how long they can keep up their amazing run of nine wins from 11 league games since March.

For an hour at least, Tottenham appeared to heading a morale-boosting victory against Stoke City in front of a boisterous crowd at White Hart Lane, only to succumb to a late comeback and be forced to settle for a point. A very pleasing afternoon soon became an extremely frustrating one which only served to reinforce the belief that Mauricio Pochettino will need to add to his squad further if achieving a top four finish is to look remotely achievable.

Christian Eriksen will need to be at his creative best to give his side a chance of taking the spoils here, while new signing Clinton Njie provides the competition for Harry Kane, who has had to plough a lone furrow in attack in the opening two games, giving the lack of striking options available. And with Mahrez such a danger man, full-backs Kyle Walker and Ben Davies must be at their most alert, and afforded adequate protection from the midfield.

Gokhan Inler could make his debut for a Leicester side still without the injured Matt James. Summer signing Christian Fuchs has recovered from illness in time to potentially play a part.

Recent acquisition Clinton Njie is available to make his first Tottenham appearance, with Andros Townsend their only absentee with an ankle injury.

Last Meeting: Things were much different at Leicester back on Boxing Day 2014 as they conceded late to ensure that they went a 13th consecutive match without a victory. Harry Kane converted Nacer Chadli’s cross to put Tottenham ahead inside the first minute, a goal that was cancelled out by Leonardo Ulloa early in the second half. But Christian Eriksen secured a 2-1 win for Spurs, hitting a fine shot from 25 yards.

Played for both – Les Ferdinand: Spurs supporter Ferdinand played for the club for six years between 1997 and 2003, helping them win the League Cup in 1999, although injuries limited him to 118 league appearances and 33 goals. After a brief spell at West Ham he moved on to Leicester and scored an impressive 12 Premier League goals at the age of 37, but failed to prevent them from relegation.

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