|DATE||Thursday 18th May 2017|
|VENUE||King Power Stadium|
|Leicester City SQUAD||.
With nothing left to play for, Leicester City, who were champions
this time last season, will be playing to try and gain a few more
quid in Premier League placing ... oh, and to try and prove they are
still a force to be reckoned with.
Unfortunately, that has long gone and with the possibility of players deserting an already sunken ship, next season will start with the side maybe reduced and unable to attract players unless they offer huge wages. Victims of their own success ? Maybe, but it was always going to be a one-season wonder. Players well rewarded for their achievements have failed to produce performances regularly enough to keep the Foxes away from the drop zone for the first two thirds of the season. Was it Ranieri's inability to motivate them or the players lacking the hunger to do it all again ?
The same players who took them to the title are still there and Vardy has struggled for goals for the majority of the season and the defence of Huth and Morgan have been shakier than their ground with happy clappers being banged. Mahrez has found it hard to keep a consistent level of play and Drinkwater has almost disappeared without trace.
But you can beat they will play like they haven't done all season when we rock up at the 'King Power stadium. Without a right back, it could be a three at the back, with Dier on the right side, while a four might see Eric pushed out to right back and Ben on the left. It leaves us with one one flank to attack on, so, without Mousa being fully fit, it might mean GK Nkoudou starts to give Leicester some problems wide and with Son on the other wing, it might stretch their midfield and pull some players out of position.
I think the home side will do
all they can to try and avoid defeat in their penultimate home game.
Expect lots of time-wasting, snide tackles and those fake atmosphere
happy clappers, as Leicester resurrect themselves like West Ham
before them (who, it should be noted, surrendered meekly to
Liverpool on Sunday).
|PREDICTION||Leicester City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
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Leicester City TEAM NEWS :
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Danny Rose (knee), Harry Winks (ankle), Erik Lamela (hip), Kyle Walker (ankle) and Kieran Trippier (concussion) will all be missing and Josh Onomah, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kyle Walker-Peters are all on Under-20 World Cup duty.
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Thursday 18th May 2017
King Power Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur 6 (2)
Kick off 19:45
Chilwell 58m 44s
Kane 24m 16s
Son 35m 09s
Kane 62m 48s
Son 70m 05s
Kane 88m 02s
Kane 90+1m 40s
Albrighton (foul on Dele) 65
Gray (foul on Dele) 76
Simpson (persistent fouling) 80
Sissoko (foul on Chilwell) 65
|Crowd : 31,351||Weather : Wet throughout|
|Referee : Michael Oliver (Northumberland)||Assistant Referees : Mr. J. Collin, ; Mr. C. Hatzidakis|
|Fourth Official : Neil Swarbrick|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Spion Kop end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 4 minutes.|
|Leicester City :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
26 Riyad MAHREZ
Islam SLIMANI 46)
Hugo LLORIS (c)
10 Harry KANE
|Manager : Craig Shakespeare||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : King Power||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : Puma||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
A devastating display of energy, killer passes and clinical finishing saw Leicester City reduced to the also-rans that they have embarrassingly become, as Spurs ran in six at the King Power Stadium and condemned the Foxes to the joint biggest Premier League home defeat and not even the prospect of playing on Thursday again for a good while. Chief tormentor was Harry Kane, who grabbed four, Heung-Min Son who scored twice and Dele Alli, who they could only stop by foul means.
Without Trippier and Walker, Poch began with a back four and brought Dembele in alongside Wanyama and put Sissoko in for Eriksen, who was rested. It was an interesting bench selection with Academy graduates Filip Lesniak and 18 year old Samuel Shashoua given an opportunity to experience first team duty.
When the game started,
Leicester looked like they might make a game of it. Son had
missed a hat-trick of chances in the first fifteen minutes, failing
to get any of his efforts on target when he was played in inside the
box or ran into it from deeper. Sissoko also swiped one over the bar
when Kane's free kick came back off the wall, but Leicester had
managed two efforts, with both on target. Mahrez played in Vardy,
who lashed one at goal, but Lloris not only got behind it, but
caught the ball on the wet turf and then Amartey hit one from 20
yards out and Dier stuck out a foot, diverting the ball upwards as
it went towards goal and Hugo leapt up to grab the ball again.
A fantastic performance and one that might prove useful in next season's campaign, as the side showed its togetherness and ability to overcome desperate measures and bad luck. It could be the beginning of something even more promising.
Leicester City were first formulated from a heady mix of fox-hunting and pork pie eating. Originally called Piechester City, they went on to reflect the local pursuit of foxes who went to "lie low" to avoid capture by the hounds.
Soon, the participants
took to kicking a football around rather than a fox carcass and
became keen to lose their lardy forms and came together as "Liechester
Foxxie" before transmogrifying into "Leicester Fosse" and then
finally "Leicester City".
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|What you thought|
|Other scores during this mid-week :|
|Manchester City||3||West Bromwich Albion||1||Tuesday|
|League Table 2016-17|
|8||West Bromwich Albion||37||12||9||16||42||49||45||-7|
|12||West Ham United London||37||11||9||17||45||63||42||-18|
Position before match : 2nd
Position after match : 2nd
Position after the mid-week : 2nd
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.
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