Leicester vs. Tottenham: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Live Stream, TV Info

Sam RookeFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2016

Leicester City’s manager Claudia Ranieri waits for the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City to start at the White Hart Lane stadium in London Wednesday, Jan.13, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Tottenham renew their burgeoning rivalry with Leicester City on Wednesday evening as they attempt to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Foxes knocked Spurs out of the 2015 edition of the tournament and will be confident of repeating the trick.

In five meetings with Leicester in the last 12 months, Spurs have beaten them just once.

The Premier League is the priority for both sides, so there is likely to be plenty of rotation.


Team News

According to the BBC, Matty James, Ritchie de Laet, Andy King and Leonardo Ulloa could all be called into action as Claudio Ranieri shuffles his team for this fixture.

Mauricio Pochettino hinted at significant changes from the team that thrashed Sunderland, saying "we have players in a condition where it's a big risk to play."

Josh Onomah was one of the few bright spots of the 2-2 draw for Spurs and is likely to feature again. Demarai Gray shone on his Leicester debut in the same fixture and will surely get another chance to impress here.


Predicted Lineups


Goalkeeper—Michel Vorm

Defence—Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer, Ben Davies

Midfield—Nabil Bentaleb, Tom Carroll, Christian Eriksen, Josh Onomah, Nacer Chadli

Attack—Heung-Min Son


Leicester City

Goalkeeper—Kasper Schmeichel

Defence—Ritchie de Laet, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs, Ben Chilwell

Midfield—Nathan Dyer, Gokhan Inler, Matty James, Demarai Gray

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Attack—Shinji Okazaki, Leonardo Ulloa


Form Lines


Watford 1 – 2 Tottenham
Everton 1 – 1 Tottenham
Tottenham 2 – 2 Leicester City
Tottenham 0 – 1 Leicester City
Tottenham 4 – 1 Sunderland

Leicester City

Leicester City 0 – 0 Manchester City
Leicester City 0 – 0 Bournemouth
Tottenham 2 – 2 Leicester City
Tottenham 0 – 1 Leicester City
Aston Villa 1 – 1 Leicester City


Players to Watch

Demarai Gray mixes pace, aggression and trickery. He's a throwback, old-school winger but capable of drifting inside to threaten the opposition goal.

He produced some magisterial displays in the Championship for Birmingham City, but he had difficulty delivering regularly.

After impressing in his first appearance for the Foxes at White Hart Lane, the pressure is on to back it up with another dominant display.

£22 million summer signing Heung-Min Son has had a mixed start to life at Tottenham.

The former Bayer Leverkusen attacker has four goals and five assists across nine starts and 11 substitute appearances in his debut campaign.

That is a solid return, but his failure to nail down a starting spot has likely frustrated him.

If he can lead Spurs through this tricky fixture, Son can press his case for a regular role.


Key Battle

The pattern of Spurs' regular recent meetings with Leicester City has been consistent.

While Tottenham dominate possession, the Foxes defend with great discipline and break quickly and effectively.

That is unlikely to change this time around.

The key to victory in this fixture is the outcome of that battle.

Leicester have been extremely effective at forcing their opponents to take shots from wide areas under Ranieri and Spurs have regularly fallen victim to this tactic.

The ability of Eriksen or Carroll to penetrate the Foxes' massed ranks with a clever pass would unlock this game for Tottenham.

Alastair Grant/Associated Press

The longer Spurs are kept at bay, the more mental and physical fatigue builds. They'll take risks in pursuit of a breakthrough goal, and that will give Leicester their chance.

All of this has happened before and will happen again.


Live Stream, TV Info

USA—2:45 p.m., Fox Sports GO, Fox Sports 1 USA

UK—7:45 p.m., BBC Radio 5 Live Extra



Tottenham are favourites despite being the visitors and possessing a terrible recent record against Leicester.

They are being offered as short as 3-2 to win this one.

The home side are 7-4 outsiders with the draw (in regular time) paying 5-2.

Nacer Chadli hasn't scored for Tottenham since August but grabbed two goals in their short-lived FA Cup campaign last season.

Injuries have cruelled the first half of this season, and this match is a chance to kick-start his new year.

The Belgian is paying 8-1 to open the scoring in this clash—a good value bet in a match where he is fighting for his place in the team.


Odds courtesy of Oddschecker.