Leicester v Tottenham – King Power Stadium at 15:00
Leicester City will be looking to record their 3 win in a row this Saturday as they play host to Tottenham who are without a win in their 2 opening Premier League fixtures.
The Foxes were tipped for relegation this term after the sacking of manager Nigel Pearson in the summer and subsequent appointment of Caludio Ranieri. However, Leicester have proved critics wrong with their performances in their first 2 matches.
Ranieri would have looked at Leicester’s opening fixtures as ones they could pick up points from but 6 points surely wasn’t expected.
They started with an impressive display at home to Sunderland, winning 4-2 . Despite seeing less of the ball they created 20 chances, 8 on target, twice as many as the Black Cats. They followed that up with a 2-1 win at Upton Park, with just 30% of possession they created 10 chances, 5 on target,. Tottenham will be a tougher test but the Tinker Man will stick to the same tactics, happy to soak up pressure and look to convert their chances.
Leicester have now won 6 of their last 7 matches at the King Power, 5 of those by two goals or more. They are shading favouritism for tomorrows match, but there is not much to split the teams.
It hasn’t been the best of starts for Tottenham, with just 1 point from their opening 2 games. Whilst that is not disastrous, you feel they will need to pick something up from this match, otherwise the pressure will start to build.
They started well against United at Old Trafford but after going behind, their heads seem to drop. The 1-0 defeat was a fair result but positive can be taken from the game. The 2-2 draw at home to Stoke however, will be a tough one to take.
Spurs went 2-0 up, looking comfortable before two goals in the last 12 minutes from Arnautovic and Diouf meant the north Londoners had to share the points. Again the result was fair, with both teams sharing possession and creating the same amount of chances.
Spurs need to improve and Pochettino will no doubt do some business before the transfer window closes. They are still reliant on Harry Kane, who wasn’t fully fit last weekend and may be a doubt for tomorrow.
This is a tough match to call but I’m leaning towards the home side due to form and confidence. Their price of 2.74 is about right but I’m not confident enough to back them to win. I’m tempted to back them +/- 0 on the Asian Handicap betting market at 1.98 but instead I’m turning my attentions to the goals markets.
There have been 13 goals combined in Leicester’s and Tottenham’s opening 4 fixtures with 3 of the 4 seeing 3 or more goals. Both sides have conceded in both of their matches and will do so again today.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.5 goals at 1.89
Prices correct at time of writing.
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