Spurs are still unbeaten in the league this season although a disappointing loss in midweek against Sporting Lisbon showed that this team is still not perfect. Antonio Conte will have serious decisions to make as he has preferred Kulusevski in the league, however Richarlison came in against Marseille and scored both goals and played the whole 90 against Sporting. Heung-Min Son is also yet to find his goalscoring boots, without a goal in the Premier League after 6 matches despite accumulating 3.25 xG.
Spurs welcome Leicester City who are bottom of the league and got their only point on the first weekend of the season. For Brendan Rodgers this is one of the last teams he wants to face. As Leicester manager he has lost 4 of his last 5 matches against Spurs and conceded at least 3 goals in all of these 4 losses. Brendan Rodgers will know if he wants to feel sure that he will still be in a job this time next week, Leicester will need to take something from this match and show a much better performance.
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City Bet Builder Tips
Both Teams to Score
Spurs will expect themselves to score in this game, they have been one of the best attacking sides in the league so far this season and have created an average of 2.05 xG per match. Leicester have been open at the back this season and have conceded an average of 1.61 xG per match. With Spurs creating so many chances and Leicester conceding so many, it is very unlikely that Leicester keep a clean sheet in this match.
While Leicester have struggled defensively, they have at least created chances going forward. They average 0.84 xG per match meaning based on their chances created you would expect them to score in most matches. While Conte improved Spurs’ defence when he came in, they have been more open this season, conceding in 4 of their 6 matches. Spurs concede 1.17 xG per match and this openness will give this Leicester team chances.
I don’t see Leicester changing their style too much and shutting up shop, instead they will continue to play the way Rodgers wants them to play. This will leave them open at the back but will see them create chances in this match and therefore I am backing both teams to score in this game.
Harry Kane to Score or Assist
Harry Kane has accumulated a combined 8.0 xG and xA in just 6 matches so far, so the fact he has scored 5 goals and is yet to register an assist this season suggests he has been very unlucky. He has started the season well despite the unbelievable form of Haaland overshadowing his start to the season. I have already mentioned how open Leicester are at the back and there is no doubt that Kane will get chances to score further goals in this match. This openness can also lead to Leicester City having to make desperate tackles that can end in penalties. Against a team like Tottenham full of skilful players such as Son, Richarlison and Kulusevski, Leicester could easily concede a penalty giving further opportunity for Kane to score. Leicester have also struggled against a striker that comes a bit deeper to receive the ball, often not knowing whether to follow him or not, leaving the striker with time to turn and play in other players. This is a huge part of Kane’s game and he will be able to create chances from this position. Whether scoring himself or assisting, I expect Kane to be an important cog in Spurs’ attack yet again and see him contribute to a Spurs’ goal one way or another.
Son Heung-Min to have 2+ Shots on Target
Leicester City have really struggled with defending wide players this season. Brighton and Manchester United both destroyed Leicester in wide areas. In fact all of Manchester United’s shots against Leicester came from attacks down the wings, including their goal. Leicester City have faced 4.5 shots on target per match on average and I expect in this match it will be higher than this number as Spurs have averaged 6.0 shots on target per match this season. The player that could be most dangerous for Spurs in this match is Heung-Min Son. He has had at least one shot target in 5 out of their 6 matches so far this season and has had 2 shots on target in 50% of their matches. He will exploit the wide areas of Leicester which is where their biggest weakness seems to lie and can therefore get lots of shooting opportunities.
I see Son as being one of the most dangerous players in this match and feel he will get enough chances to have at least 2 shots on target.
Harvey Barnes to have 1+ Shot on Target
For Leicester, while they create chances it is hard to know quite who will be on the receiving end of them. If Brendan Rodgers has taken any inspiration from Sporting Lisbon and Marcus Edwards, who caused Spurs so many problems in midweek, then he may deploy Harvey Barnes in this same role. Barnes is brilliant at running with the ball and has the pace to cause the Spurs defence the same issues that Edwards did. Barnes has averaged 2.7 shots per 90 for Leicester so far this season and 1.2 shots on target per 90. Last season he averaged 1.03 shots on target per 90 and his consistency from match to match is impressive, he almost always looks like Leicester’s most dangerous player.
Even in his normal role he has all the attributes to get a shot on target in this match but if he is used similarly to Marcus Edwards he could do even more.
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Tottenham Hotspur predicted XI (3-4-3) : Lloris; Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Sessegnon; Richarlison, Kane, Son
Leicester City predicted XI (3-4-3) : Ward; Faes, Amartey, Evans; Justin, Tielemans, Ndidi, Castagne; Maddison; Daka, Iheanacho
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