A win would take Leicester City level on points with opponents, Tottenham Hotspur! What will happen in the East Midlands on Thursday night, when the two clubs do battle in the Premier League?
Preparing to return to the pitch after a destructive COVID-19 outbreak, Tottenham Hotspur will meet Leicester City at the King Power on Thursday evening.
While Spurs’ most recent English Premier League (EPL) match with Brighton & Hove Albion was postponed, the Foxes smashed four past Newcastle United without a response at the weekend.
Tottenham occupy 7th place in the league, with 25 points, but have two games in hand over all the teams above them. Meanwhile, Leicester sit one place and three points behind the visitors.
The Foxes‘ also have COVID-19 concerns. Jannik Vestergaard, Ayoze Pérez, Ademola Lookman, Daniel Amartey, Kelechi Iheanacho, Hamza Choudhury, and Filip Benković are all affected and won’t feature.
Jonny Evans only survived six minutes against Newcastle, before being withdrawn with a hamstring problem, so midfielder, Boubakary Soumaré, may have to deputise as a makeshift centre-back.
Defenders, Wesley Fofana and James Justin also remain out injured for Leicester, whilst boss, Brendan Rodgers, might decide to keep Jamie Vardy in reserve, ahead of showdowns with Everton, Manchester City, and Liverpool.
Tottenham didn’t confirm which of their players tested positive for coronavirus, but Emerson Royal, Bryan Gil, Son Heung-min, Oliver Skipp, Dane Scarlett, and Lucas Moura are rumoured to be among them.
Manager, Antonio Conte, is also without injured centre-back, Cristian Romero, until the new year, but left-back, Sergio Reguilón, is expected to return.
Steven Bergwijn, Harry Winks, and Tanguy Ndombele will all be optimistic about earning starts amid Spurs‘ absentee crisis, and Dele Alli could even play in the final third.
In an extremely difficult match to call, due to COVID-19 absenteeism, we are going for a narrow, 1-0 win to the Leicester Foxes, with the net found in the second half.
Leicester City possible starting XI:
Schmeichel; Pereira, Soumaré, Söyüncü, Thomas; Ndidi, Tielemans; Maddison, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes; Daka
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting XI:
Lloris; Sánchez, Dier, Davies; Tanganga, Højbjerg, Winks, Reguilón; Alli, Bergwijn; Kane