It’s been a fantastic winter so far for Tottenham, with the three wins in-a-row last week giving them some momentum into the end of December. Next for Mauricio Pochettino’s side is Leicester City, a side that Spurs have encountered in many exhilarating affairs in the past.
Venue: King Power Stadium
Television Coverage: Not televised
Stats (via BBC Sport)
Tottenham claimed victory on their last visit to Leicester during the 2003-04 season, when a last-minute Freddie Kanoute goal secured a 2-1 comeback win. Leicester have won five of their eight previous Premier League home matches against Tottenham (D1, L2). Twenty-eight goals have been scored in the last six meetings between Leicester and Spurs in all competitions (almost five goals per game).
Tottenham have won two matches in a row, but they are yet to win three successive Premier League matches under Mauricio Pochettino. Only the top two of Chelsea (18) and Manchester City (20) have claimed more away points than Tottenham (14). Twelve of Spurs’ 17 league games have produced three of more goals (71%), including eight of their last nine matches. Tottenham are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League matches on Boxing Day (W6, D3). Hugo Lloris has faced a league-high five penalties this season – three have been scored.
Leicester are in the middle of a 12-game winless streak, the worst current run in the Premier League (D2, L10). The Foxes have kept only two clean sheets all season – only Stoke have kept as few. Nigel Pearson’s men have taken points from five of eight home games, yet secured just one victory in the process (D4, L3). Leicester have not been beaten on Boxing Day in 10 years, since a 1-0 home Championship defeat to Rotherham in 2004. Wes Morgan has made more blocks in the top-flight this season than any other player (22).
Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to return to the squad after his brief spell away from the team. Ryan Mason was initially a doubt to play, given his injury picked up in the first half against Burnley, however he has been deemed fit to feature.
Starting XI – Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Mason, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Kane, Soldado
Score – Leicester 0-3 Tottenham