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Leicester City-Tottenham Hotspur Preview
Some late-match heroics have been the theme of Tottenham Hotspur's current run of positive form within the Premier League.
Spurs, though, likely hope to have an easier time whilst trying for a fourth consecutive top-flight victory Sunday against visiting Leicester City, whose last Premier League win came more than a month ago.
Tottenham (19-0-6) and their fans had reason for concern after Harry Kane injured his ankle versus Manchester United on Jan. 13. With his return not expected until March, there were obvious questions as to whether Spurs could keep their head above water until then.
While they've bowed out of both the League and FA Cups, Tottenham have won three straight top-flight matches since losing both Kane and the game to United last month. Of course, it has not been easy for Spurs in any of those victories.
They needed Harry Winks' 93rd-minute goal to win 2-1 at Fulham on Jan. 20, goals by Heung-Min Son and Fernando Llorente on and after 80 minutes to rally by Watford by the same scoreline 10 days later and another Son score in the 83rd of last Saturday's 1-0 home victory over Newcastle.
Third-place Spurs have also been without star midfielder Dele Alli, who suffered a hamstring injury in the Fulham win.
"The team has had to keep fighting - that is key for us," defender Davinson Sanchez told Tottenham's official website "Of course, Harry and Dele are important players, they are massive for us, but we are a strong squad and we have a lot of players that can play and score goals."
Son, second on the team with 10 goals over all competitions, is certainly one of them. He's obviously been a major presence since returning against Watford after missing three games whilst playing with South Korea in the Asian Cup.
"We need him a lot, and I hope now he can get back to showing many of his best performances and help us achieve what we want," Llorente said of current running mate Son.
What Spurs would like for the moment is perhaps a less-stressful contest, like their 2-0 win at Leicester (9-5-11) on Dec. 8. Son scored in first-half stoppage time and assisted on Alli's goal in the 58th minute.
The match began Leicester's current Premier League stretch of six defeats in 10 games. They dropped to 0-1-3 over their last four within the top-flight following last Sunday's 1-0 home loss to Manchester United. The Foxes' most recent victory came at Everton on New Year's Day.
That defeat marked the fourth time in the last 10 contests that Leicester failed to score. They've been held to one or no goals eight times over that stretch.
"I think we showed our quality in a lot of games," manager Claude Puel told Leicester's official website. "I would like it if we could manage our game, at the beginning of the game."
These sides were part of a wild affair the last time they met at Wembley in 2017-18's finale. Jamie Vardy had a brace for the Foxes, as did Kane, in Tottenham's 5-4 victory.
Updated February 8, 2019