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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Leicester, 13.05.18

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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          12  4  2  6   19 -21  14
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Total(Prem)   23  8  5 10   38 -39  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)   23  8  5 10   38 -39  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   95 44 19 32  181 -159 119
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WLDWLW
           
Stoke      1-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-3    Man City
Brighton   1-1    Spurs
Spurs      2-0    Watford
West Brom  1-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Newcastle

Leicester   -    LLDLLW

Leicester  1-2    Newcastle
Burnley    2-1    Leicester
Leicester  0-0    S'hampton
C. Palace  5-0    Leicester
Leicester  0-2    West Ham
Leicester  3-1    Arsenal

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
3. Spurs     37 22  8  7  69-32  37   74
9. Leicester 37 12 11 14  52-55  -3   47

Farewell Wembley! We'll see you again!

At the end of a season when we had serious concerns about how we would cope with playing at our temporary home at Wembley, Spurs and their fans can pat themselves on the back for the marvellous achievement of qualifying for the Champions League for a third consecutive season. We can all look forward to prestigious matches at our brand spanking new stadium. Whilst we do want to at least match Liverpool's result to stay above them in third place, essentially we can have a "chill-out" Sunday! This will be our last game at Wembley until we reach another FA Cup semi-final, or perhaps a Cup Final. Farewell Wembley! We'll see you again!

Our visitors are Leicester. They have been struck down by injuries, and apart from beating Arsenal on Wednesday night their recent form has been awful, incuding a 5-0 defeat at Selhurst Park. Their fans booed off their team after last Saturday's home defeat to West Ham, and although they have a chance of finishing eighth, Claude Puel's job is said to be at risk. Having had that amazing Premier League title win two years ago (there will be songs about that), and (like Spurs in 2011) reaching the Champions League quarter-final at their first attempt, the "Foxes" are a club with owners who have the ambition to attain such heights again. Leicester were in a race with Burnley for a potential Europa League place, but defeat at Turf Moor in April probably put paid to that hope. Leicester's season turned into one of insignificance.

Leicester are one of only six teams to have beaten Spurs in this Premier league season. (Manchester City did it twice). When we travelled to the King Power Stadium in November and lost 2-1 it was like watching the Leicester side which sensationally won the Premier League title in 2015-16. Jamie Vardy gave the perfect answer to the abuse he was receiving from Spurs fans with a 13th minute opener and Riyad Mahrez scored a vintage Mahrez goal just before half-time. Harry Kane's 79th minute response was not enough to stop us slipping to a third consecutive away league defeat. Such a sequence was also the first (and last) time under Pochettino's management at Spurs.

Apart from those losses to Man City, after that Leicester match we went on a run of over five months (and 21 games) without a league defeat, and that came last week at The Hawthorns to cause us end of season tension. That tension was present on Wednesday night, but thankfully our quest for Champions League has been achieved. Despite our recent loss of form we meet a team (like Newcastle) in an even worse run of form. Leicester's 2-1 home win over Spurs in November heralded a run of four consecutive wins which suggested that Claude Puel was the answer to Leicester's hopes for the season.

Our last home game against Leicester was over 18 months ago in October 2016. That game was drawn, but Spurs then won their remaining 14 Premier League games at "fortress White Hart Lane". Last May of course, Spurs hammered "The Foxes" 6-1 at their place. I am sure that result still hurts the pride of the Leicester team who would be only too happy to cause a miserable end to Spurs' season.

England manager Gareth Southgate will apparently be at Wembley with a particular interest in the fitness of both Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose, and in the case of Rose, his form as well. Southgate will also be eyeing the likes of Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Leicester's Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy. Despite having to go off on Wednesday night, Trippier is apparently going to be available, and Eric Dier will be assessed following his illness this week. Whether Trippier, Rose and Dier are selected and get a chance to impress their International manager remains to be seen. Southgate will be selecting his short-list for the World Cup this week (which will not be announced to the public) before whittling that down to a squad of 23 plus five players to be named as "stand-bys" for Russia.

Victor Wanyama also needs late assessment for tomorrow's game as do Serge Aurier and Mousa Dembele. Leicester's Marc Albrighton had an early finish to his season as he was sent off against Palace, and those Leicester injuries include goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (late test re ankle), Dragovic (late test re shoulder), Simpson (late test re groin), Huth, Chilwell, Ndidi, Amartey, Okazaki and James. It's a wonder that Leicester did beat Arsenal on Wednesday!

Ticket exchange has been offered for this game, so I am hoping for a bumper last day crowd, and one which will be in joyous celebratory mood, successfully urging their team onto another success. I am hoping for more open, direct and entertaining football (but suspect the usual Pochettino discipline will prevail). I hope that Harry Kane can hit a flurry of goals to challenge Salah for the Golden Boot, but most of all I hope for and predict a Spurs win. My prediction was for a 2-1.

Match referee Craig Pawson is a fully fledged member of the Premier league's list of referees, and has had charge of 23 EPL games this season, including Man City v Spurs, and Spurs v Everton. Mr. Pawson has also fulfilled European commitments this season in The Europa League and International friendlies.

PS - I understand that Paul Coyte's haf-time interview will be a bit special. I do know that Gazza is in town!

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - Our last game of the 97/98 season was at home to Southampton when Gary Mabbutt and Jurgen Klinsmann played their last Spurs games.

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