White Hart Lane is gearing up for a third round FA Cup clash between two of this season’s most exciting Premier League teams (KO 16:00).
Tottenham will host Leicester in a four o’clock kickoff in what is, on paper, the pick of the third round ties.
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The Foxes are currently two points of league leaders Arsenal, while the home side are in fourth place, four points behind Leicester.
Tottenham is a tough place to play and some notable absences make the test even harder for Ranieri’s visiting side.
Anything can happen in the Cup, however, and the quality on offer means this should be a thrilling contest.
It remains to be seen whether both sides will feature first choice XIs or rotate in some squad players in order to rest their starters at a time of year notorious for fixture congestion.
Home side Spurs have been in impressive form as of late in both the Premier League and the Europa League.
A particular highlight has been the play of Harry Kane, who has rebounded from a tough start to the season to become a real goalscoring menace again.
The danger of this of course, is if the the really big guns come calling, with Real Madrid rumoured to be taking a serious interest in the Tottenham striker.
Harry Kane’s dream is to play for Tottenham and you feel his passion for the club, for the shirt. In football, sometimes it’s about business and money but for a lot of players, it’s about passion, heart and feeling. Harry wants to stay with us and he has repeated that several times.
The month of December saw Tottenham win some tricky fixtures, including away days at Watford and Southampton. Most recently, Spurs started their 2016 campaign with an away draw at Everton.
It is likely that injuries, and general squad rotation, will lead to an unfamiliar starting XI heading out against Leicester.
Spurs are without Mousa Dembele, Alex Pritchard and Clinton Njie through injury. Squad players, including Nacer Chadli, Danny Rose and Nabil Bentaleb will be looking for a chance to impress.
The biggest news for the visiting side is they will have to do without talismanic forward Jamie Vardy who is out for 2 weeks after minor groin surgery according to the BBC.
Matt James and Jeff Schlupp remain injured and will not play a part against Spurs.
A piece of good news amidst the injury concerns for Leicester is the potential availability of Demarai Gray who is in line for his first appearance in a Leicester shirt after recently signing from Birmingham.
Leicester are winless in their last three Premier League encounters and will be looking to bounce back and regain some momentum.
Tottenham are favoured to progress to the fourth round, but in truth, it’s anyone’s game.
Both sides are likely to feature some less familiar faces and the early stages of the Cup are hard to predict.
Regardless of the outcome, Sunday’s clash is a chance to see two of the Premier League’s best sides in action. Not one to miss.