Key tactic: One key tactic will likely be how Tottenham cope with Leicester's nominally wider midfielders Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton. Mahrez is the Premier League's leading goalscorer with 3, Albrighton leads the league in assists with 3 and also has scored a goal of his own. Both tuck inside and take up narrow positions as shown in the player influence graphic below. This means Tottenham's fullbacks- likely Kyle Walker and Ben Davies- will have to communicate with the two holding midfielders- two of Eric Dier, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb- when Albrighton and Mahrez tuck into the middle of midfield. If Walker and Davies follow them inside it could open up space in the channel for Leicester's fullbacks to bomb into, if they instead pass them off to the holding midfielders, the holding midfielders could become overloaded in the middle of the pitch. Leicester are one of the sides I haven't watched yet so I'm really looking forward to this one.
Key stat: My key stat for this one relates to Tottenham's pronounced drop in performance in the second half of their 2-2 draw at home to Stoke. In the opening 45 minutes of that contest Tottenham completely controlled the game and took a deserved 2-0 lead into halftime. Stoke looked overwhelmed, evidenced by the fact Tottenham completelED more than twice the amount of first half passes as the visitors, 263 to Stoke's 131. That all changed in the second half. Stoke introduced a motivated Stephen Ireland, Tottenham's energy level fell and the game was turned on its head. In the second half Stoke outpassed Tottenham 220 to 144. In other words Tottenham's net passing (Tottenham completed passes- Stoke completed passes) fell from +132 to -76. They'll likely have to put together a complete 90 minute performance to get anything from an in form Leicester side.