On Tuesday, November 28, marks the opening of the fourteenth round of the English Premier League season 2017/2018. The ball begins to roll at 17:45 (GMT) with Leicester and Tottenham. The match will be held at King Power Stadium in Leicester.
Leicester’s recent performance
The owners of the house are in a bad sequence. Of the last nine points played, there were only two. On Friday, November 24, opening the day of number 13, they drew 1-1 in London against West Ham.
Although the fact of having acted in the house of the rival can be an attenuating and make the result acceptable, this is counterbalanced, because the visitors left in front of the marker and could not impose themselves at the moment in which they would have available the possibility to apply their weapon considered more deadly: the counterattacks in speed.
Thus, with 14 points (three wins, five draws and five losses), Leicester occupies the twelfth position in the standings. This is a situation expected of the club’s investments, but could be significantly better if the results at home were not below expectations. The club is the Premier League’s worst runner-up spot with just eight points (two wins, a draw and three wins) added to the 18 played at King Power Stadium.
To face Tottenham coach Claude Puel probably will not be able to rely on midfielder Matthew James (four games in the 2017/2018 English League season without a goal). He suffered an Achilles tendon injury and is not expected to return.
The current form of Tottenham
The draw was also the result obtained by Tottenham on the previous day. At home, he went 1 to 1 with West Bromwich. In your case, the scenario was the reverse of Leicester. Equality is certainly considered negative, but it became acceptable once the rival came out ahead and the point was won with a goal at the end of the second stage.
However, it worsened the situation of Tottenham in the fight for the title. With 24 points (seven wins, three draws and three losses) he fell to fifth place. The visiting campaign, which was perfect with four wins in a row in the opening rounds, ended up being compromised with two defeats in the last days.
Coach Mauricio Pochettino also has injury problems. The most important is the defender Toby Alderweireld (ten matches in the Premier League 2017/2018 edition, no goal). A thigh injury took him out of his last four games. He has yet to undergo a new assessment that will determine whether he can stay available to face Leicester. Another who is in the infirmary is the midfielder Victor Wanyama (two games, no goal).
History of the bouts between Leicester and Tottenham
The teams faced each other three times last season. In the Premier League, there was a 1-1 draw in London and Tottenham’s 6-1 defeat in Leicester. In the League Cup, the London team dispatched the rival in his stadium, scoring 2 to 0.
Speed in the creation of plays, especially in the counterattack, is a characteristic of both teams. More technically limited, Leicester has greater difficulty implementing this strategy when it plays in its domains. Tottenham, with players of higher quality, then appears as the best guessing option for the clash. It has a price of 1.75 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 3.90 and success of the owners of the house allows multiply the investment by 5.00.