Spurs and Leicester has become the biggest tie of the round after the Foxes stunning first half of the campaign sees them lie second in the league while Spurs’ good form has led to them climbing into the top four over the past month.
These teams actually meet again here on Wednesday in the league while their first meeting of the season in August finished 1-1 after late goals from two of the stars of this campaign, Dele Alli and Riyad Mahrez. They met two other times in 2015 with Leicester coming from behind to win here in the 4th round of the Cup before Spurs took revenge with a 4-3 win in the league.
That win here for Leicester in last year’s competition broke a six-game winning streak for Spurs at home against other Premier League sides in the Cup, while since 2002 all 12 such matches of theirs have seen at least three goals with 10 having four or more. Given the way Leicester have played this season another entertaining game could be on the cards and, furthermore, 10 of Spurs’ 14 home games this term have had at least three goals with six of their eight wins seeing both teams score.
Leicester failed to convert their dominance into a win in their last game, against Bournemouth, and are now on a run of three games without a victory during which they’ve failed to score. However, those haven’t been easy, with matches against Liverpool and Man City, and the atmosphere of the Cup might allow them to return to their free-scoring pre-Christmas form. Since 2006, 10 of their 11 FA Cup matches against Premier League sides have seen both teams score and at least three goals in total, while six have had four or more. Furthermore, prior to their 1-0 loss at Liverpool, Leicester had scored three times in four consecutive away matches and throughout 2015 they failed to score in 90 minutes in just four of 23 road trips in all competitions.
Jamie Vardy is missing through injury and that is certainly a significant blow for Leicester. He’s started all their league games this season but last term they lost half the 12 matches he failed to start. However, they still scored in eight of those games and we expect the goals to continue to flow here.
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