Three key battles in Leicester v Tottenham

Three key battles in Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur at King Power Stadium on Saturday

By Dimitri Kondonis

Gokhan Inler v Christian Eriksen

If the Swiss international makes his debut for the Foxes, it could make for an interesting battle as he would oppose Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen for Spurs. Gokhan Inler, a holding player by nature, will hope to use all his experience as the former Champions League midfielder seeks to replicate predecessor Esteban Cambiasso in playing a monumental role for the hosts.
And Spurs will be hoping that the guile of Eriksen will help open up chances for star forward Harry Kane, who is yet to find his feet this season. But Inler could provide a weak-spot for Spurs if he plays, as the Leicester midfielder has only a 33% success rate with tackles, meaning that if he commits to a challenge and the nimble-footed Dane dodges him, the hosts would be left vulnerable.

Robert Huth v Harry Kane

Since signing from Stoke, Huth has been a defensive stronghold for the Foxes. Tall and imposing, not too many forwards have been able to get the better of him. With an impressive record of 55% of tackles won in the Premier League last season, and 64% of aerial duals won, the big German centre-back is an imposing figure for the hosts. But last season’s surprise package Harry Kane will be keen to get off the mark in the Premier League, and he will hold the key to Spurs getting the better of Huth and Leicester. Kane’s body profile means he should be able to cause a plethora of problems for the visitors with his smart, nifty footwork complementing his tall and strong frame.

Riyad Mahrez v Ben Davies

Finally, if Spurs are to take anything away from the King Power stadium, they will have to find a way to deal with Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian winger has begun the season in electrifying form, scoring three times already on Leicester’s way to the top of the table. And with a 53% success rate at take-ons, drawing a foul 58% of the time last season, Spurs will have to beware of one of their opponent’s most potent threats. Ben Davies will be the man dealt the responsibility of nullifying the danger man, though his stats from last season suggest he may be more than capable of doing the job. Despite only making 14 league appearances, he has a 53% tackle success rate, whilst only conceding a foul 39% of the time. But if Mahrez can get the better of Davies’ inexperience, Leicester will have every chance of continuing their 100% record in the league.

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