Leicester vs TottenhamEnglish Premier League, KO: 12:30 Sep 21, 2019, King Power Stadium
LESS than 72 hours after throwing away a two goal advantage in Athens, Tottenham lock horns with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
It was an oh-so-familiar story for Spurs who were forced to settle for a point in their Group B Champions League opener against Olympiakos
After a stuttering start to their Premier League campaign, Mauricio Potchettino's men appeared to have turned the corner following a credible 2-2 draw at the Emirates against rivals Arsenal, before crushing Crystal Palace 4-0 last weekend.
However, it looks like the Londoners have not learned their European lessons from last season when they got out of jail in the group-stages.
Pochettino made five changes to his team in Greece and the Spurs boss could follow suit against Leicester following his sides midweek exertions.
Son Heung-min was a surprise omission against Olmypiakos – starting on the bench – so the South Korean will almost certainly get the nod this weekend – and there could be recalls for Spurs full-backs Serge Aurier and Danny Rose.
The latter featured in my midweek preview of Tottenham's tussle with the Greek giants, however Rose was rested, ruling out my recommended bet for him to get booked.
The England left-back should be restored to the starting XI on Saturday and if so I'll be having a flutter on the full-back to pick up his customary caution at 5/2 (Unibet)
Rose has been shown a yellow in his last four games (three for Spurs and one for England) and he will be at risk of receiving another when trying to shackle a vibrant Leicester City side.
The Foxes will be hurting after suffering their first defeat of the season at Manchester United last weekend, courtesy of a Marcus Rashford penalty.
Leicester have top-six aspirations and big things were expected from Brendan Rodgers side at Old Trafford, however, instead of taking the game to the Red Devils, the visitors were uncharacteristically flat and rarely threatened.
Rodgers is expected to revert to his more tried and tested system against a Tottenham team who are without an away win in their last eight Premier League road trips.
All three of Tottenham's away trips this season have ended in 2-2 draws and I suspect a similar spectacle could unfold at the King Power Stadium.
Prior to last week's setback in Manchester, the Foxes had fired in five goals in two games and they will be aiming to bounce back in front of their lively home support.
What's more, this fixture has a habit of throwing up thrillers with 5-4 and 6-1 scorelines both recent entries in the Premier League history books.
The bookies are wise to that though – both teams to score is fairly skinny at 4/6 (PaddyPower) – however, backing over 2.5 goals appeals at 4/5 (Bet 365) – a punt that would have generated profit from all Spurs' away days this season.
Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane have flourished in this fixture over the past few season's and both strikers are worth considering in the anytime goalscorers market at 6/5 (Unibet) and 6/4 (Sportingbet) respectively.
Given Tottenahm's gruelling schedule, coupled with their continuous travel sickness, Vardy and Co could thwart Spurs in their bid to hunt down the Foxes.
Leicester, unlike their opponents, will be well-rested and their energetic attack could capitalise against a leggy Lilywhites rearguard that is leaking goals away from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
This English Premier League match between Leicester and Tottenham will be played on Sep 21, 2019 and kick off at 12:30