Struggling Leicester City will be hard-pressed to see off Spurs


Maddison is one player who could hurt Spurs. — Reuters

THE postponement of Leicester City’s league match against Aston Villa last week out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II, may have given the former an advantage.

The additional time would have allowed Brendan Rodgers’ side to regroup and strategise before they travel to London to face high-flying Tottenham Hotspurs.

The Foxes, who are on a five-match losing streak in the league and rooted to the bottom, will be desperate to get their first victory in the Premiership this season.

They do have one win but it was against fourth-tier Stockport County in the Carabao League Cup, and they needed extra time to triumph 3-1.

Rodgers still has a lot to do to find a solution to their troubles and get their side to win again.

Since their fairy tale run in the 2015/16 season that led to them winning the EPL, they have not been able to hit the same highs.

Rodgers managed to get them to fifth spot twice but they could only finish eighth last season.

It also does not help when several key players left the club, including Kasper Schmeichel who joined Nice in France in search of new challenges, before the start of the season.

This leaves Danny Ward, who played second fiddle to the Dane, with a big pair of gloves to fill while still trying to step up.

Rodgers’ plan was also upended when he lost talented French defender Wesley Fofana to Chelsea and having both Ryan Bertrand and Ricardo Pereira out injured.

The manager however, is still blessed with a good squad, with talents like Youri Tielemans, Harvey Barnes, James Maddison, Patson Daka, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho, who could punish Spurs.

Time though, is running out for Rodgers as calls for his sacking are continuing loudly with each passing day.

Rodgers will be hopeful that a win over the north London side will hold off the axe, allowing him a bit of time to turn things around for the Foxes – but a defeat would surely spell the end of his reign.

With Spurs having lost 2-0 to Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League group match in midweek, it could be a really good opportunity for Leicester to step up and deal Antonio Conte’s side their second defeat of the season in all competitions.

Prior to the loss in midweek, Spurs had been on a good run, winning six and drawing twice in the Premier League.

That form puts them in third place and a point off table-toppers Arsenal.

With an almost fully-fit squad, barring Lucas Moura who is out with a calf injury, Tottenham will surely want to put the defeat behind them as a fluke and resume their good run of form.

The addition of Richarlison has also given the attack more bite, which already boasts the likes of Harry Kane, Dejan Kulusevski and Son Heung-min, though the South Korean has yet to hit his stride.

After investing in so many players this season, this Tottenham side is truly capable of challenging for the title under Conte.

The Foxes may just be their next stepping stone to continue their ascendancy.

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