Tottenham Hotspur face Leicester City at Wembley Stadium this Sunday in what is their final game, not only of the season, but temporarily using the national stadium as a home ground upon the completion of their brand-new stadium for the 2018-19 season.
Spurs have already qualified for next season’s UEFA Champions League after Harry Kane’s winner in the 1-0 triumph against Newcastle United in the capital last time out. However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are still vying to finish in third place behind Manchester United and runaway champions Manchester City – a draw could be enough to secure this.
And considering they’ve lost just twice at Wembley in the Premier League all season, overcoming to so-called ‘curse’, against Chelsea and Manchester City, they’ll want to give their provisional home a perfect farewell by ending the campaign in winning fashion.
The Foxes have a tough task at hand if they are to pull off another upset after their memorable 3-1 victory over Arsenal last time out seen as though Spurs have kept clean sheets in six out of their last seven league games on home soil.
The pressure on Puel has rapidly increased during the back end of the season after Leicester have won just five of their last 20, but a win this weekend could go a long way in saving his job. If their last away game in the Premier League game is anything to go by, however, it could be an ugly afternoon. The Foxes were humbled 5-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in their last trip.
Former Leicester City forward Harry Kane will be keen to add to his frankly ridiculous record against the Foxes. In his last ten games against the East-Midlanders, he has had a hand in 13 goals, including 11 goals and two assists.
The 24-year old netted four times in a 6-1 victory at the King Power Stadium almost a year ago.
Kane, then, could be a key reason as to how Tottenham could extend their excellent record against the Foxes. The Londoners have a far better all-time record having won 53 games and only lost 35, with 21 draws.
There are slight positives for Puel’s men however as they make the trip to Wembley. Having already notched a victory over Spurs this season with a 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium back in November 2017, they have the slight upper-hand. Goals that day came in the form of two blockbusters from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, with Kane notching a late consolation.
As a matter of fact, they have also only lost three out of their last 12 away games versus Tottenham Hotspur. If Leicester do claim the three points this weekend, it would be the first time that they have completed a league double of Spurs since the 1998/99 season.
Both teams have lengthy injury lists for their final match of the season, meaning that their could be much-changed line-ups at Wembley.
The central midfield position looks the most vulnerable for the Foxes with the likes of Matty James, Wilfried N’didi and Daniel Amartey all ruled out. Shinji Okazaki, Robert Huth and Ben Chilwell are also restricted to watching briefs.
Danny Simpson, Aleksandar Dragović and Kasper Schmeichel will all be monitored so could make appearances. One man who won’t be, however, will be Marc Albrighton who is still suspended for his red card against Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile, Pochettino could welcome Kieran Trippier into the fold despite the defender being withdrawn mid-week with a knee injury.
Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier and Mousa Dembele will all be subjected to late fitness tests. Whereas, Eric Dier is a slight doubt through illness. Finally, Harry Winks is restricted to the sidelines with an ankle injury.