Leicester have achieved back-to-back domestic wins for the first time since mid-October as they saw off Liverpool and Watford either side of the new year. That win over the Hornets was in the FA Cup though, and they’re still searching for successive league wins since that point, and this presents the perfect opportunity.
Owing to a surge in Covid cases around the country, the Foxes haven’t played a league game for three weeks now, and it remains to be seen if that time has served them well.
Spurs were gifted another rest weekend last week as their North London derby clash with Arsenal was postponed, which means they haven’t had a chance to bounce back from their 3-0 aggregate defeat to Chelsea in the League Cup, and this certainly isn’t an easy game to do just that, especially with their away record.
Spurs have won just one of their five road trips under Antonio Conte, with that coming via a last gasp winner from Davinson Sanchez over relegation threatened Watford. The others were draws to Everton and Southampton and defeats to Mura and Chelsea, so that certainly doesn’t bode well for them here.
The head-to-heads don’t exactly offer up much in terms of splitting these two, with Spurs edging it W9-D3-L5 across all competitions since the Foxes came back into the Premier League, with the past two seasons seeing both sides win two games apiece, so in that regard this really could go either way.
Leicester To Win
The one thing going in the visitors’ favour is the seemingly endless list of potential absentees for Brendan Rogers’ side, though with just one outing in 2022 there is a chance there could be some returns here.
As many as 16 players are considered at least doubtful, with key players Johnny Evans, Jamie Vardy, Ricardo Pereira and Wesley Fofana all certain absentees through injury, while Wilfred Ndidi, Daniel Amartey, Nampalys Mendy and Kelechi Iheanacho are all away with their respective national sides for the African Cup of Nations, which doesn’t give Rogers’ much to select from.
The Lilywhites aren’t free from issues themselves, with star man Son Heung-Min absent for at least the next few weeks and they showed how much they missed the South Korean across their two legs against Chelsea.
It’s difficult to assess what state the hosts are going to be in with no league fixture so far this year, though they looked deadly in the cup against Premier League opposition in Watford, and with Spurs’ away form not looking like getting better any time soon, the home win looks to be the way to go here.
LEICESTER TO WIN