Premier League football returns this weekend with Spurs taking on Leicester at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Here is everything you need to know about Saturday’s clash in north London.
Spurs remain unbeaten in the Premier League so far this season, but slipped to a first defeat of the campaign at Sporting Lisbon in midweek.
Antonio Conte will be disappointed with the manner of that loss as two stoppage-time goals condemned Spurs to a loss in Lisbon, with his task to revive a team who have began the season in encouraging form.
Four wins and two draws from their opening six league fixtures leaves Spurs third in the table, equalling the club’s best-ever start to a Premier League campaign set in 2016/17. Spurs are level on points with Manchester City and one behind leaders Arsenal, ahead of a clash with a Leicester team struggling near the foot of the division.
🎙 “This club is going in the right direction”
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Harry Kane has been in fine form with five goals in six games, though there are concerns over Son Heung-Min. The South Korean – who won a share of the Premier League’s Golden Boot – is goalless in eight games in all competitions and both Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski have done enough to warrant inclusion in this weekend’s team.
The pressure is increasing on Brendan Rodgers with Leicester rooted to the bottom of the division. Five consecutive defeats – the first time this has happened to Rodgers as a top-flight boss – leave the Foxes in need of a huge turnaround in form.
The sole break in their run of consecutive losses was progress in the Carabao Cup, though that came via a penalty shootout following a goalless draw with League Two strugglers Stockport County.
🙏 “It’s a manager’s job to get the very best out of a group of players.”
🚫 “Brendan Rodgers isn’t doing that.”
🤦♂️ “This Leicester team should not be bottom of the Premier League! No way!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 5, 2022
Leicester, who won the Premier League in 2015/16 and have finished in the top 10 in all of the past five seasons, narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification in 2019/20 and 2020/21, have looked a shadow of their former selves so far this season.
Familiar flaws remain – only Bournemouth have conceded more than their 16 goals this season – and time is running out for Rodgers to save a sinking ship. He is not getting the best from the talent at his disposal.
Tottenham 3-1 Leicester, May 1st 2022
Tottenham maintained their push for a top four finish with a 3-1 win over Leicester in May. Son Heung-min scored twice for the north Londoners, while Harry Kane ended a five-game goalless run as Spurs cruised to three points.
Kane’s goal continued a phenomenal record against Leicester, with the England captain having scored 17 goals in just 14 league appearances against the Foxes.
Brendan Rodgers made eight changes to his Leicester XI, with the game coming in the middle of their two-legged Europa Conference League semi-final against Roma. Kelechi Iheanacho scored the Foxes goal late on with a a consolation effort.
Spurs: Lloris; Emerson, Romero, Dier, Lenglet, Perisic; Bentancur, Bissouma; Kulusevski, Richarlison, Kane.
Leicester: Ward; Justin, Amartey, Evans, Castagne; Ndidi, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall; Maddison, Barne, Vardy.
Who is the referee?
What channel is Spurs v Leicester on?
UK and Ireland: Sky Sports Main Event.
What time is kick off?
Saturday 17th September, 17:30 BST.
Tottenham – 1/2
Draw – 10/3
Leicester – 11/2