Spurs versus Leicester: (match preview)
Spurs’ encounter with Leicester City on Thursday night is Pochettino’s sides penultimate game of a very successful premier league season. Pochettino’s side travel to the King Power stadium on the back of an emotional 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the final ever game at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Following the Lillywhites victory over Manchester United, Spurs have secured second spot and cannot move up or down the premier league table, theres no pressure on Spurs ahead of tonight’s match. Nor is there any pressure on the hosts who sit comfortably in 11th position, but manager Craig Shakespeare has made his intentions known, saying: “When you come up against a team of Tottenham’s quality and our desire to win a game, we should be in for an interesting game.” The foxes are without six first team players for today’s game, including defenders Robert Huth and Wes Morgan who were an integral part of their title winning side of last season. Meanwhile I’m expecting Pochettino to rotate his side against Leicester, and I’m expecting him to give a couple of youth players a chance. We want to end this wonderful season in style and two victories from our last two matches would cap off a brilliant league campaign. With quality attacking players such as Mahrez and Vardy Leicester will give us a tough game with the King Power stadium becoming a fortress under Shakespeare, with the foxes being unbeaten at home since he took over. I’m looking forward to this game and I’m hoping that our quality will shine through against the team that won the league over us last season. COYS
Team news: Eric Dier will likely fill in at right back following the news that both Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier will be unavailable for today’s game. Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Harry Winks are all ruled out for the season and won’t feature, whilst Josh Onomah, Kyle Walker-Peters and Cameron Carter-Vickers are all on international duty with their respective countries. With this being a bit of a dead rubber, I’m expecting Pochettino to give some of our talented academy players the chance to feature against the Foxes. Im predicting at least two to be named on the bench, with the most likely candidates being Luke Amos, Shayon Harrison and Filip Lesniak. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see talented 18 year old striker Kazaiah Sterling make the bench. This game will also give the chance for Pochettino to involve some of his players who are on the fringes of the squad.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris (C), Dier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies, Wanyama, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Alli, Son, Kane.
My predicted score line: 3-1 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Sissoko, Kane and Alli.
One to watch: The highly skilful winger Riyad Mahrez.