After a 3-2 win over Vitesse in Europe, Antonio Conte’s first Premier League game for Tottenham saw his side keep a rare clean sheet in a hard-fought goalless stalemate away to Everton.
Although the majority of his players have been away on international duty, Conte will hope that what limited time he’s had to drill his charges will help improve results.
They didn’t create much at Everton and the club have now gone over three hours without a shot on target in league action, though it would be a surprise if that continued here with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds offering up plenty of chances to their opponents.
Indeed, the visitors have registered just a single clean sheet across their 11 league games this season. They were hardly watertight last term with only six teams conceding more goals and injuries have hardly helped matters either.
Centre-back Robin Koch, right-back Luke Ayling and forward Patrick Bamford are currently sidelined, while left-back Junior Firpo and midfielder Jamie Shackleton are both doubts ahead of this fixture.
Conte has also been handed a problem with Cristian Romero picking up a hamstring complaint away with Argentina. Although he does have plenty of other options (Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies, Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga), Romero is certainly the best of the bunch.
Midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg needs a late assessment following a knee injury and Oliver Skipp is suspended as well, so there could be chances for the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso or Harry Winks in the middle of the park.
Bryan Gil is also sidelined, though the youngster is behind the likes of Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane in the pecking order.
Spurs To Win
Conte will hope the latter’s seven goals over the international break will help the England forward recover his best form at club level, and Leeds’ defensive deficiencies should be accommodating in that regard.
Leeds have won just two of their 11 league games this season and have come unstuck when facing the better teams in the division.
They’ve lost encounters with Man Utd, Liverpool and West Ham by a combined 10-2 scoreline, drew their only other meeting with a current top-half side in Wolves, while they were also downed 2-0 recently by a rejuvenated Arsenal in the League Cup.
They also lost six of eight trips to teams that finished above them in the table last term, including a 3-0 defeat in this fixture.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have still won nine of their past 13 home league outings, with two of the defeats inflicted by Man Utd and another by Chelsea.
TOTTENHAM TO WIN