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Full Record of Spurs -v- Leicester City

Premier       Pl  W  D  L   For- Ag Pts
Home          11  4  3  4   19 -18  15
Away          11  4  2  5   18 -19  14
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Total(Prem)   22  8  5  9   37 -37  29
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   29 13  6 10   64 -46  34
Away(Div 1)   29 16  4  9   53 -54  40
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Total(Div 1)  58 29 10 19  117 -100 74
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)    7  3  3  1   12 - 7   9
Away(Div 2)    7  4  1  2   14 -13   9
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Total(Div 2)  14  7  4  3   26 -20  18
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Total(Prem)   22  8  5  9   37 -37  29
Total(Div 1)  58 29 10 19  117 -100 74
Total(Div 2)  14  7  4  3   26 -20  18
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Grand Total   94 44 19 31  180 -157 119
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Leicester  -    DWWDLD

Leicester  1-1   West Brom
Swansea    1-2   Leicester
Leicester  2-0   Everton
Stoke      2-2   Leicester
Leicester  0-2   Man City
West Ham   1-1   Leicester

Spurs      -    WWLWLD

Spurs      1-0    B'mouth
Spurs      4-1    Liverpool
Man Utd    1-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    C. Palace
Arsenal    2-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    West Brom

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 5. Spurs     13  7  3  3  21-10  11   24
12. Leicester 13  3  5  5  17-19  -2   14

Landmark game for Spurs

It will be a landmark game for Spurs tomorrow night at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, as it is our 4,000th league game. Our very first Football League game was in September 1908, when we beat Wolves 3-0. I wasn't there (!), but I have been lucky enough to have been watching Spurs play regularly since the mid-sixties, before they played their 2,000th game in October 1967. My all-time hero Jimmy Greaves scored two when we beat Coventry away 3-2. I have never been one of those fans to keep count of the games I have watched, and I could not accurately calculate that figure, now, but I must have watched well over a quarter of all the league games Spurs have played in their history.

It may be a landmark game, but it is not likely to be as memorable as our last game here at Leicester. A few records fell that night as Spurs beat the previous season's Premier League champions 6-1 at their home. It was a joint record defeat for any reigning Premier League Champion team, and at the time, a record away league win for Spurs. However, a few days later in the last game of the season we got a new record with that 7-1 at Hull! Harry Kane hit four goals in a game for the first time, and became the first Spurs player since Greaves to hit four hat-tricks in a season. That record too would be exceeded the following Sunday.

Funnily enough, we followed that away game against Leicester with a visit to a side managed by Marco Silva. That was Hull. this Saturday it will be Watford. Without doubt these are two challenging games for an out of (league) form Spurs side now chasing the top four. Arsenal are at home to Huddersfield on Wednesday night and Man Utd on Saturday. A six point haul for Spurs from these two games would surely put us back in the top four, but that is a very big ask.

Spurs' league form over the last six games is only slightly better than that of Claude Puel's Leicester side. The "Foxes" have one point less. They are probably just as disappointed not to have won away to West Ham, as we were not to beat West Brom. The one-time Premier League Champions (we'll hear about that tomorrow from the "Happy Clappy" crowd), and last season's Champions League quarter-finalists are currently 10 points behind us. They had one win in their first 8 league games this season, but have picked up under the guidance of Puel. Leicester have a Carabao Cup quarter-final to look forward to this month against Man City, who were the victors in the last Premier League game played at The King Power Stadium 10 days ago. Spurs will have a welcome full week off in the run-up to the busy Christmas and New Year programme.

Norman Giller argued in this week's blog that Christian Eriksen looks in need of a rest, and perhaps he will get that break tomorrow. After all, we managed that 6-1 without him coming off the bench in the game! Harry Winks faces a late assessment, but I would suggest he too may be rested in any case. There is good news for Spurs fans with the announcement that Erik Lamela is finally "in contention" for a place tomorrow. Whether that is a start or off the bench remains to be seen. Sissoko missed out on Saturday, so I expect we will see him start. No doubt there will be some full back rotation which could mean starts for Aurier and Rose. I thought on Saturday that maybe Ben Davies would give Vertonghen a rest in the back three. Maybe that will happen tomorrow. Alderweireld and Wanyama are continuing absentees.

Puel was pleased to announce he has no injury worries, although Robert Huth and Matty James remain unavailable. Harry Maguire was missing from the Hull defence when Spurs won 7-1 in May and in the summer he was one of Leicester's big signings. Maguire has been ever-present for Leicester in league games, and of course he has won his first England senior caps this Autumn. Leicester have several other ever-present players in Premier League games, such as goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark team-mate of Eriksen), defender and captain Wes Morgan, midfielder Onyinye Ndidi, Danny Simpson and Jamie Vardy. Vardy is top scorer with 6 league goals. Shinji Okazaki is only two behind the England man, and that is from 7 starts and 3 appearances off the bench. 21 year old Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho was a high profile signing from Man City in the summer, but he has only made two league starts.

One advantage for Spurs will surely be Leicester's desire to attack us, although I suspect they will show some patience. I have plumped for Spurs to bounce back from Saturday's disappointment and win 2-1, but that's my heart rather than my head talking. My head tells me this will be a draw.

Match referee Anthony Taylor is on his second mission of the season with Spurs. His last game with us was the "home" defeat against Chelsea. Mr Taylor continues to be busy at home and abroad. He was the referee at Selhurst Park awarding the penalty which has subsequently led to a two match ban for Everton's striker Niasse, whose dive was not spotted by the officials. Last Wednesday, Mr Taylor was in charge of Bayern Munich's 2-1 win at Anderlecht.

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