by Ian S. Palmer
The most attractive matchup of the FA Cup third round this weekend is an all Premier League matchup between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City. The match will take place at White Hart Lane in London on Sunday, January 10. Spurs enter the game after playing to a 1-1 draw in Liverpool against Everton last weekend while Leicester was held to a 0-0 home draw by newly-promoted Bournemouth. Both teams have a legitimate shot at the Premier League title this year and would hope to at least finish in the top four to earn a spot in next season’s European Champions League.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City – bet365 SOCCER BETTING LINE:
- bet365 currently list Spurs as the favorites at 8/13 with Leicester 17/4 and a draw at 11/4
Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City – Head to Head:
- These two sides played to a 1-1 draw at Leicester in league play earlier this seasons. Leicester pulled off a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane last January to knock Tottenham out of the FA Cup. They also knocked Spurs out of the competition in 2006 with a 3-2 home triumph. Overall, these teams have met 103 times in the past with Tottenham winning 51, losing 33 and drawing the other 19. Tottenham has three wins, two draws and a loss in the last six meetings.
Spurs currently sit in fourth place in the league with nine wins, nine draws and two losses for 36 points. They’ve scored 34 goals and allowed a league-low 16 against. However, they were eliminated from the FA Cup by Leicester last season. Tottenham has five wins at home this season with four draws and a loss with 18 goals for and seven against. They have five clean sheets at White Hart Lane and have been shut out three times. Overall, they have seven clean sheets and have failed to score four times. Spurs have three wins, two draws and a loss in their past six home matches.
Leicester occupies second place in the Premier League with 40 points from 11 victories, seven draws and a pair of defeats. They’ve scored 37 times and conceded 15. They haven’t managed to score a goal in their past three games and have dropped seven points in that stretch with 0-0 draws against Bournemouth and Manchester City and a 1-0 loss at Liverpool. Leicester is a strong road team this season with six victories, three draws and just one loss with 21 goals scored and 12 allowed. They have two clean sheets on the road and have been shut out once while they have five clean sheets overall and have been held goalless three times. They have four wins, a draw and a loss in their past half dozen home fixtures.
Tottenham will likely be without Moussa Dembele, Clinton N’Jie and Alex Pritchard while Leicester City could be without top scorer Jamie Vardy as well as Jeff Schlupp and Matthew James.
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