MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
@SimonBrotherton: I’m really looking forward to this one because only goal difference separates these two in the table and Leicester look prime candidates to challenge the established top six should any of them falter.
Wednesday’s Champions League opener in Greece saw Tottenham relinquish a two-goal lead for the second time already this season and Leicester should provide a stern test this weekend.
Brendan Rodgers has made an impressive impact since his return to the Premier League. Only Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea have picked up more points than the Foxes since he took over at the King Power Stadium.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: “We never get too carried away. When we win, we are not too disappointed, and when you lose, you can’t be too down because you have to get ready for the next game.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, asked about Harry Kane’s claim that Spurs keep making “similar mistakes”: “Be careful when you translate what the players say after the game to media because some times we can take in a different way the words.
“Always I respect what player[s] say and you can assess what they say.
“I am not going to judge what one or another player is telling you because I wasn’t there, so I cannot talk about the words and the intention. When you are disappointed you always look to try and improve.”
Tottenham have been very up and down so far this season, but I don’t think they have too much to worry about – they are a good side, with some quality players.
You just know Spurs are going to have a run where they win loads of games, but they might have to wait a bit longer to get up and running.
- Tottenham have won four of their last five Premier League games against Leicester, including each of the last three.
- Victory on Saturday would see Spurs win four consecutive top-flight matches against the Foxes for the first time.
- Leicester have scored 44 Premier League goals versus Tottenham, more than against any other side, while their tally of 10 wins is a joint-high.
- Leicester have lost only one of their eight Premier League home matches since Claude Puel was sacked as manager (W5, D2, L1).
- Jamie Vardy has scored 31 Premier League goals against sides from the established top six since August 2014, more than any other player.
- Vardy has been directly involved in 14 goals in 15 league games under Brendan Rodgers, scoring 12 goals and providing two assists.
- Rodgers has won each of his last five Premier League matches as a manager against Tottenham (winning five and losing one of six games while Liverpool boss).
- James Maddison has attempted the most shots without scoring in the Premier League this season, and only one of his 16 efforts has been on target.
- Maddison has failed to net with his previous 28 shots in the top flight, last scoring against Huddersfield in April.
- Spurs are winless in their last eight Premier League away games (D2, L6), their worst run since a 10-game streak in 2006.
- They won 11 of their opening 13 league matches on the road last season but lost the remaining six, and have drawn twice in the current campaign (at Manchester City and Arsenal).
- Tottenham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 away league games.
- Spurs could win back-to-back top-flight matches for the first time since April.
- This will be Mauricio Pochettino’s 250th Premier League match as a manager (W131, D58, L60). The Argentine will become the first non-European to reach this landmark.
- Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in 12 games in all competitions versus Leicester (including one goal while on loan at Millwall), more than against any other side.