Tottenham Hotspur-Leicester City Preview
Brendan Rodgers and Antonio Conte were both left confused by the Premier League's decision to insist the meeting between Leicester City and Tottenham goes ahead.
Spurs were forced to call off games against Rennes and Brighton and Hove Albion following a coronavirus outbreak within the club.
Conte's side remain seventh in the league, three points above Leicester, but the former Inter head coach was left frustrated by the decision to keep Thursday's top-flight clash on.
"Yeah, but for me it's very difficult to speak about this topic," Conte responded. "For sure, the Premier League didn't want to postpone the game against Leicester, maybe because we have to play against Burnley and Brighton.
"We postponed two games before. I can understand, we can understand. On the other hand, I think we deserve to play our chance against Rennes to go to the next group.
"At the same time we have to face every situation. During the season there are problems but we have to be good, to be ready to face every problem in the right way."
Leicester manager Rodgers, whose side have 22 points to their name so far, was also left confused by the game going ahead as he is without nine players due to a combination of COVID-19 and injuries.
"We have looked at it but unfortunately for us we weren't granted dispensation, which is disappointing because as a team and a club we have always wanted to support all the measures but when we need a little support with the extreme situation we find ourselves in we weren't able to get it."
"We will put out the best team that we can. We will assess things game by game."
Three Premier League clashes have already been postponed this term due to coronavirus, with Watford's visit to Burnley the most recent to be called off on Wednesday.
Leicester City - James Maddison
James Maddison has been directly involved in six goals in his last four Premier League appearances (three goals, three assists), both scoring and assisting in both of his last two at the King Power Stadium. He's the first Leicester player ever to both score and assist in back-to-back home games in the Premier League.
Tottenham - Harry Kane
Harry Kane has scored more goals against Leicester in all competitions than he has versus any other side (17 in 16 games). 11 of these have come in his last eight appearances against them, including a four-goal haul at the King Power Stadium in May 2018, with that match also being played on a Thursday.
- Leicester have lost just one of their last eight midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Premier League games (W4 D3), going down 2-1 at Chelsea in May. The Foxes have won their last two Premier League games on a Thursday, this after having failed to win any of their first five such games in the competition beforehand (D3 L2).
- Tottenham have lost five of their last eight away midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Premier League games (W2 D1), more than they had in their previous 21 such games in the competition (W13 D4 L4).
- Leicester have won both of their last two home games in the Premier League, scoring four goals each time. The Foxes last won more in a row in the competition from August-December 2019 (run of seven), while they last scored 4+ goals in three straight home league matches in February 1961.
- Tottenham Hotspur have failed to score in either of their last two away Premier League games, managing just 15 shots combined in those games. They haven't gone three without a goal on the road since March 2014 under Tim Sherwood.
- Tottenham were averaging 0.9 goals-per-game in the Premier League under Nuno Espírito Santo this season, with that average doubling to 1.8 under Antonio Conte so far.
Updated December 15, 2021