OPTA PREVIEW: Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City
Leicester City travel to Tottenham hoping that it is twelfth time lucky in the Premiership in London and on their travels in February.
The Foxes have not won in the Premiership since beating Portsmouth 2-0 in November, picking up just five points from 11 games since.
Leicester have fared even worse in their visits to London since their last victory in the capital. Having beaten Chelsea 2-0 in September 2000, City have picked up just one point out of a possible 33 in Premiership away games in London. The trilogy of winless eleven-game runs is completed with the Foxes having failed to win in Premiership history during February, away from home.
The meeting of Tottenham and Leicester looks certain to include goals, with Leicester games this season averaging the most goals (3.2) of any Premiership team. Spurs are not far behind (2.9), with only Blackburn (3.0) separating the two in second place.
Leicester have often been the creators of their own misfortune this season. City have scored more than double the number of own goals (seven) of any other Premiership side and have received more red cards (five) than any other team. That disciplinary record will be tested at White Hart Lane by a Spurs side that has conceded the most fouls this campaign (412). This is more startling given that Tottenham have also won the fewest fouls in the Premiership this season (293).
David Pleat’s side can expect to have plenty of possession against Leicester, as City have been in possession of the ball less often than any of the Premiership sides. In fact, Leicester are the only side to average fewer than 300 passes per game (279), which is more than 10% less than Leeds United (313) who are the next closest. Meanwhile, Tottenham have averaged 346 passes (12th highest), completing 73% of them compared with Leicester’s 67%.
Such has been the possession that Leicester’s opponents have enjoyed this season that, unsurprisingly, Leicester have made more defensive clearances than any other side (1023). Spurs are no strangers themselves to pressure from opponents, having made the third highest number of clearances (976).
Of Leicester City’s four Premiership victories, none have been by a single goal and all of them have included a clean sheet. Coupled with Tottenham having failed to draw in their last 15 league matches, it would suggest that the longer the game remains close, the more likely Spurs are to take the three points.
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|Team||Tottenham Hotspur||Leicester City|
|Ave Goals per game||1.40||1.32|
|Shots (excl blocked shots)||252||231|
|% Shots on Target||43%||48%|
|% Goals to Shots||14%||14%|
|Overall Pass Completion %||73%||67%|
|Cross Completion %||22%||28%|
|Ave goals conceded per game||1.52||1.88|
|Tackles Won %||72%||71%|
|Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions||1273||1297|