Tottenham Hotspur-Leicester City Preview
Leicester City will be targeting a third straight win to continue their sensational start to the season when they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
The Foxes were tipped to struggle under new manager Claudio Ranieri, but after two games, the Midlands club are second in the table with the maximum six points and six goals to their name.
A 4-2 demolition of Sunderland was followed up by an impressive 2-1 victory over West Ham, with midfielder Andy King pulling the strings for Leicester in the centre of the park.
"I think we are a more professional outfit this year and hopefully that can continue," the Welsh international midfielder said. "We have worked incredibly hard on the training pitch, so it is brilliant to see us go out there and put it into practise on the pitch.
"We are obviously delighted with the start and we want to keep this winning run going for as long as possible, but we know we are only two games into the season. As we learned last year, you can go on long runs without winning any games. We need to make sure that doesn't happen."
Thursday's news that Leicester have completed a move for veteran Swiss international Gokhan Inler will put pressure on King's place in the side. But the undervalued academy graduate is already Leicester's all-time record midfield goal-scorer and proved his top-flight credentials with a run of great performances in helping the Foxes avoid relegation last season, so he will be confident of keeping his starter's role.
Saturday's visitors Tottenham have not enjoyed such a great start to the season. Mauricio Pochettino's men were beaten by a Kyle Walker own goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season before conceding twice late to draw 2-2 with Stoke City last weekend.
Spurs – as ever – have left their transfer activity until late in the window, so they remain overly reliant on Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli in attack. The latter is confident Tottenham have shown enough form to earn three points on the road.
"If we play a good game I'm very confident we will win the game, because we've got quality players in our side," Chadli said. "Leicester are at home so they'll obviously want to win, but we always play to win as well so it'll probably be an open game.
"I think it's up to us to go there and get the points. We've all worked hard this week to prepare ourselves for the game and we need to make sure we get the job done."
Spurs beat Leicester in both league meetings last season, winning both by a single goal. The Lilywhites were fortunate to escape with a 2-1 win at Leicester on Boxing Day, and Harry Kane netted a hat trick in a roller-coaster 4-3 victory at White Hart Lane in March. The Foxes avoided a clean sweep with a 2-1 win in the FA Cup fourth round.
Leicester are expected to be unchanged from their win over the Hammers, with the pace of Jamie Vardy and in-form Riyad Mahrez likely to be a big test for the Spurs defence. Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is unavailable due to illness, while Matty James is a long-term absentee with a knee ligament injury.
Tottenham have no recorded injury concerns, meaning Danny Rose is in line to replace Ben Davies at left back, despite the Welshman's assist against Stoke.
Erik Lamela was afforded a late return to preseason training due to his involvement in the Copa America and has been held back from starting in the opening weeks of the season. However, the Argentine is expected to replace Mousa Dembele after the Belgian's solid but unspectacular displays in his new right-wing role.