Preview – Spurs Vs Leicester

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is sidelined with the knee injury which ruled him out last weekend.

Harry Kane is getting close to a return after his ankle problem, while midfielder Moussa Sissoko is serving the second game of a three-match ban.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has an unchanged squad for the trip to White Hart Lane.

Nampalys Mendy is still sidelined with an ankle injury, while Ben Chilwell remains out with a muscle strain.

John Motson: “During their famous title-winning season of 1961-62, Tottenham didn’t suffer defeat until the 17th game.

“So however well they are doing this campaign, and their nine-match unbeaten run is their best ever start to a Premier League campaign, they have still got someway to go to replicate that feat.

“Leicester have lost all four of their away games this season but they won at White Hart Lane in January – a six-point swing in their favour that played a pivotal role in them ultimately winning the title.

“However, Claudio Ranieri’s prioritising of the Champions League means I wouldn’t be surprised if he rested a few first-choice players with Wednesday’s trip to Copenhagen in mind.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on losing to Leicester last year:”It is a different season and a different situation.

“We need to learn every day and try to be better in every competition we play, but I cannot tell you that we are learning from the game a few months ago.”

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri on Shinji Okazaki’s importance: “He is a hard worker – sometimes he’s not so close to goal but when the ball is around the box Shinji is always there.

“He is important for team because he presses a lot – he is our dilly ding, dilly dong. He wakes up our players – he has the bell!”

By their standards, Tottenham have had a blip by drawing their last two games.

But I see them returning to winning ways on Saturday, helped by Leicester’s away league form.

Prediction: 2-1

(BBC Sport)

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