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Premier League Preview: Leicester City v. Tottenham

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  • Leicester City has won 25 points since Brendan Rodgers‘ first match in charge in March (W7 D4 L4). Only Liverpool (43), Man City (37) and Chelsea (27) have picked up more in that period
  • Tottenham Hotspur has won four of their last five Premier League matches against Leicester City, including the last three in a row. Spurs have never won four consecutive top-flight matches against the Foxes. 
  • Jamie Vardy has scored in his last three Premier League matches against Spurs, netting four goals during this run. Meanwhile, Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in 12 matches against Leicester City. 

Matchweek 7 of the 2019-20 Premier League season continues on Saturday morning with a terrific matchup between Leicester City and Tottenham. (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and NBCSports.com)

Leicester City lost its first game of the season last week at Man United, with manager Brendan Rodgers criticized post game for setting his side up too defensively when they were almost the favorite coming into the match. Tottenham meanwhile has recovered from a shaky start, won last week, 4-0 over Crystal Palace and is unbeaten in three matches in all competitions.

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Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy both have great goal records against the opponents clubs, which makes this game a must-watch for those who are hoping for a bonanza of goals. With both teams tied on eight points and right in the mix for a top four position, there’s plenty on the line for Saturday’s game at the King Power Stadium.

Injuries/suspensions

Leicester City: OUT – Matthew James (Achilles)

Tottenham: OUT – Giovani Lo Celso (hip), Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE – Juan Foyth (ankle)


Projected lineups

Leicester City: Schmeichel – Pereira, Evans, Söyüncü, Chilwell – Tielemens, Ndidi, Maddison – Perez, Vardy, Gray

Tottenham: Lloris – Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose – Eriksen, Ndombele, Alli – Son, Kane, Lamela


What they’re saying

Brendan Rodgers, on facing Tottenham after a trip to Greece: “It can help (us), but you have to make it happen, that’s important. Hopefully it happens to us here in future, that we have midweek games in Europe, and then Premier League games. It’s not easy, with all the travelling and the games, but they will bring a very, very top team. They have robust players, a good squad, where they can interchange and swap players, but we’ve had a great week’s training. We’ll finish our preparation off tomorrow and we’ll be ready.”

Mauricio Pochettino, on facing Leicester City: “They are a very good team. After winning the Premier League, they have rebuilt the team. Today’s it’s a different squad, new mentality, new manager and a great manager like Brendan. That is why it’s going to be tough.

“At the moment it’s so early to talk about which teams are going to be (in the top four). But of course, the Leicester squad is so good with a great manager, for sure they will be in a good position at the end of the season. But at the moment it’s so early to talk about being a contender for top four or top six.”


Prediction

This is one that you could really see going either way. Leicester City seems to be very strong under Brendan Rodgers and may even battle for the top six this season, while Tottenham’s attack seems on point right now. Defensively however, it’s been another story. We think both sides will share the spoils in a back and forth tactical battle.

Leicester City 2-2 Tottenham

Watch Live: Wolves vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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Two sides hoping to rebound from losses meet at the Molineux when Wolverhampton Wanderers host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (Watch live at 3:45 p.m. ET on CNBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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Mexico’s Raul Jimenez starts atop the Wolves attack, while Harry Kane holds the same spot for Spurs.

LINEUPS

Wolves: Patricio, Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Costa, Cavaliero, Jimenez. Subs: Ruddy, Gibbs-White, Vinagre, Hause, Dendoncker, Bonatini, Adama.

Spurs: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Davies, Sissoko, Dembele, Winks, Lamela, Lucas, Kane. Subs: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Skipp, Eriksen, Son, Llorente.

LIVE, FA Cup: Tottenham vs. Newport County

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The final FA Cup Fourth Round replay takes place Wednesday afternoon as Wembley Stadium plays host to Tottenham against League Two’s Newport County.

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With the North London Derby on the horizon, Mauricio Pochettino has decided to rest some of his starters, opting to bring Fernando Llorente, Danny Rose and Juan Foythe into the lineup. Toby Alderweireld also makes his return to the Spurs starting lineup for the first time since December, when he was injured in a UEFA Champions League match against Real Madrid.

Video Assistant Replay is in effect at Wembley Stadium, which could change the outcome of the game if there is a clear and obvious error made by the match officials, so that’s one more thing to keep an eye on.

After holding Tottenham to a 1-1 draw in the fourth round proper, could Newport County shock Great Britain and advance to the fifth round?

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WATCH LIVE: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Lineups, Stream)

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The weekend’s marquee match sees Tottenham Hotspur going for a season sweep of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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Gabriel Jesus could make his Manchester City debut, beginning the day among Pep Guardiola‘s substitutes.

On the other side, Eric Dier moves into the middle with Toby Alderweireld in the absence of Jan Vertonghen. Kevin Wimmer slots in as well.

LINEUPS

Manchester City: Bravo, Zabaleta (C), Otamendi, Kolarov. Clichy, Yaya, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane. Sterling, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Kompany, Fernando, Nolito, Delph, Stones, G. Jesus.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (C), Walker, Dier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Carter-Vickers, Winks, Sissoko, Son.

West Brom 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Ben Foster, take several bows

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  • Chadli scores vs. old team
  • Alli equalizes late
  • Foster fantastic for WBA

Dele Alli finally found a way past Ben Foster, and Tottenham Hotspur managed a point at the Hawthorns in a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Ex-Spurs man Nacer Chadli put Tony Pulis‘ men in front in the 82nd minute, but the lead didn’t make it to the 90th minute.

The point means Spurs sit one point back of both Arsenal and Man City for the Premier League lead, while West Brom is 10th with 10 points.

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The story of the first half was Spurs’ inability to get a ball behind West Brom keeper Ben Foster.

Tottenham dominated the frame with most of the possession and five corner kicks, but Foster was particularly strong against Christian Eriksen as the Baggies hit the half at 0-0.

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West Brom was a bit brighter at times in the second half, but then a long pause saw Toby Alderweireld stretchered off the pitch was a leg injury. How would both teams respond to the near five-minute break?

About the same. The Baggies broke through when James McClean hit the post and Spurs entire defense took a nap, allowing Chadli to score. Chadli, if you’re wondering, did not celebrate his goal.

But Alli’s 89th minute finish of a tidy pass from Christian Eriksen allowed Spurs to snare a point.

Foster made an amazing save in stoppage time to highlight his Man of the Match performance.