Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 13, 2016, 3:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tottenham 3/4 Draw 27/10 Leicester 15/4
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After facing each other in the FA Cup at the weekend Tottenham and Leicester must do it all over again on Wednesday but this time in the Premier League with three very precious points on offer for the winner. Leicester were without their two best players at the weekend as Claudio Ranieri rested Mahrez and Jamie Vardy was missing through injury, but Leicester City played extremely well on Sunday and were robbed of a win because of a terrible decision to award a penalty for handball near the end of the game. Harry Kane dispatched the penalty and Tottenham got away with a draw. Pochettino had to turn to his bench and bring in Alli and Kane to rescue the game and they duly oblidged. Both teams have been excellent to watch this season and Sunday's FA Cup game was a belter with both teams going for it from the off. I think Wednesday's league game may be a bit more cautious but with Ranieri's Leicester it's hard to know as they tend to give up possession and hit teams on the counter with their pace and quality finishing. Mahrez, Dyer, Ulloa and Okazaki will take the game to Tottenham on Wednesday when Leicester do have possession to counter attack the question will be can they finish the chances they create?
Tottenham will bring back in Lamela, Kane , Vertoghnen and Alli to the starting line up and I think that Spurs probably have the slightly stronger squad here. This is a team with quality throughout the side and have been playing excellent football all year especially at home. Tottenham have lost just once at home a smash and grab by Newcastle after Spurs had taken the lead. I think Pochettino's side will be looking at this game as a real opportiunity to close the gap on Leicester and give themselves a real chance to take a step towards Champions League football for next season. White Hart Lane will be buzzing again on Wednesday as the two teams go head to head in what should be a really good game of football.
I took the draw at the weekend in the Cup game as I expected some starters to be rested, but again I think the bookmakers are over estimating the significance of home advantage here. Leicester City have been terrific this season and taking this into account the draw at 27/10 again looks a steal of a price. Going to take the draw here as I see this one being very tight.