Tottenham vs Leicester by Neuro
Tottenham comes from a narrow 1:0 victory couple of days ago against Sheffield United in the first semi-final game of League Cup competition. They are playing in a very unreliable way this season, for example 5:3 victory over Chelsea and a defeat against Crystal Palace, but still found a way to re-group themselves and get the important victory, even if it's just a narrow one.
Usually they play Cup matches with a bit rotated squad, but semi-final game is just too far into the competition to change too much as the Europa League ticket seems to be very close now for them. They now count three consecutive victories, besides of winning against Sheffield United, they defeated 2:1 Sunderland last weekend, also winning 4:2 earlier against Burnley. They will now try to pass further in another Cup competition and to secure the European ticket somewhere before the end of the season. Coach continues to mix his squad in order to keep his key players fresh and ready. Striker Lamela returns for this game and this will be a morale boosting fact for them. Forward Nacer Chadli (19/7) remains absent injured, while midfielder Nabil Bentaleb (10/0) is away with African Cup of Nations duty.
Leicester started to recover their position and form in the Premier League in previous weeks, but then came 0:1 home defeat against Stoke City last weekend. Visitors scored the only goal in 63rd minute via Bojan Krkic, while the home players looked somehow passive in overall very boring game where both teams didn't look like risking a lot, especially visitors once they took the lead.
Previous to that, team had two victories and a draw in Premier League, but despite three positive results for them, they are still locked at the bottom of the table with seventeen points earned, three less than safely placed sides. This surely means that the team can't afford to set their priorities with Cup competition, as long as they are in such a heavy situation in the league. Coach Nigel Pearson surely isn't safe at his position, despite votes of confidence from club's administration. As said, Cup can't be priority for them, but surprising progress would surely improve their morale significantly. Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was signed recently and should have his debut here with first choice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (14/0) being injured till next month, while midfielders Esteban Cambiasso and Dean Hammond have recovered from their injuries. Midfielder Matty James (15/0) is serving suspension, while striker Chris Woods (7/1) remains injured with ankle problem. Finally, striker Riyad Mahrez (16/2) is with Algerian side at African Cup of Nations.
Despite the fact that Spurs will play in a rotated squad (so will the visitors) - home side looks good and with lot's of self confidence in previous games at home and should get the qualification here in the first match. Odds surely are worth a try.