Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur

Barclays Premier League

Venue: King Power Stadium Date: Saturday, 22 August

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (0)

Match Stats

Possession

50

50

Shots

0

0

On target

0

0

Corners

0

0

Fouls

0

0

TEAM NEWS

Leicester midfielder Gokhan Inler goes straight into the squad after signing from Napoli this week.

Defender Christian Fuchs is expected to be fit after illness, leaving Matty James as the only absentee.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has recovered from a tight calf, which caused him to be substituted against Stoke.

Winger Andros Townsend has an ankle injury and will not feature but new recruit Clinton Njie is available.

MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES

Guy Mowbray:

"One Leicester supporter I know saw this coming – almost. On the eve of the season he looked at the early fixtures and predicted the possibility of Claudio Ranieri getting off to a flying start.

"It's been so good that

new signing Gokhan Inler

may have to wait for his debut with Ranieri able to name the same team for a third game. Tinkerman no more?

"Spurs will have to increase their intensity to stop livewire Leicester winning three in a row – and get the ball to Harry Kane more.

"The former Foxes loanee

scored a hat-trick against them in March,

and after

57 seconds at the King Power Stadium last Boxing Day."

Twitter:

@GuymowbrayÂ

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri:

"We want to build our foundation and with a big foundation you can then build the first floor, second floor and everything.

"[Gokhan] Inler is one of our foundations. I remember when nobody wanted to go to Naples. But after Maradona, everyone wants to go to Naples.

"If we start to build maybe in three or four years a lot of players will want to come to Leicester. Why not?"

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino:

"Always we talk about 10 games, after 10 games you need to be worried or happy maybe.

"People will speak about how we need offensive players but we need to be more consistent because we conceded a lot of goals last season. It wasn't our problem to score, it was conceding goals, and we need to improve that this season.

"Yes, we have confidence we will bring in an offensive player but I can't give the name today."

LAWRO'S PREDICTION

I am at King Power Stadium on Saturday for BBC Radio 5 live and I am looking forward to watching Leicester, who have got loads of width and pace and will cause Tottenham lots of problems.

Lawro's full predictions v comedian Jack Whitehall

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • The sides met three times last season. Tottenham won both league games, while Leicester were victorious in an FA Cup fourth-round tie.
  • There have been 44 goals scored in the last 10 meetings in all competitions.
  • Tottenham have won 10 points from a possible 12 in their last four Premier League games against the Foxes (W3, D1).

Leicester

  • Leicester City have won their opening two games of a Premier League season for the first time since 1997-98.
  • The Foxes have never won their opening three matches to a top-flight season.
  • They have won four successive home games – they haven't won five in a row in the top flight since April 1984.
  • Leicester have won nine of their last 11 league games, earning a league-high 28 points since the start of April.
  • They have scored 11 goals in their last three league games.
  • Riyad Mahrez has now scored five goals in his last five league appearances.

Tottenham

  • Tottenham lost a two-goal lead against Stoke last Saturday, which is the 14th time in Premier League history that they had failed to win after going at least two goals ahead.
  • Spurs kept just four clean sheets away from home in the league last season.
  • They have conceded more penalties than any other top-flight side since the start of last season (eight).
  • Harry Kane has scored just two goals in his last 10 matches for Tottenham. The England striker scored twice in 15 matches during a loan spell at Leicester in 2012-13.

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