Leading Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is expecting Leicester City to cause an upset when Tottenham Hotspur travel to the King Power Stadium on Saturday, as the questions are mounting over Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Tottenham head into their weekend encounter on the back of dropping two points to Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday night, having held a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes thanks to a penalty converted by Harry Kane and a later Lucas Moura strike from 20-yards out.
Spurs’ Premier League form has also been topsy-turvy over the opening weeks of the 2019/20 campaign, with the north London outfit’s record reading as a palindrome after taking wins in week one and five, but drawing on matchday two and four, either side of succumbing to a shock defeat at home to Newcastle United.
The mindset of the likes of Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose also leaves Nicholas uneasy, as the former Celtic and Arsenal striker feels the pair will be pushing for moves away from Tottenham soon and questions whether the Dane should even be in the side to face Leicester on Saturday.
“Tottenham, we were told, have calmed down after the Crystal Palace game,” Nicholas wrote in his weekly predictions for Sky Sports, while backing Leicester for a 2-1 home win. “Christian Eriksen stays put and they have their private chat, but I don’t think that is the case.
“I don’t think Danny Rose is happy – how long will it be until he comes out and says he is not happy? Will Eriksen stay in the team now that Dele Alli is back? Does Heung-Min Son edge out Lucas Moura? There are so many questions.
“I think Leicester could turn them over. With the aggression and passion, they can control the passing and keep the ball, sit back and counter-attack if needs be. [Harvey] Barnes needs to grow, but needs the opportunity to grow, and this could be the game for him.”
The mindsets of Rose and Eriksen will likely be a topic Pochettino is considering in the build-up to Tottenham’s trip to Leicester, but the key factor in whatever side the Argentine fields will be if he feels he can trust his players to follow the script.
Speaking after the Olympiacos draw, Pochettino claimed his players did not “respect” the tactics he had laid out to them (Evening Standard), and questioned whether they showed enough intensity to match the demands of the game.
Matching the demands that Leicester could present, as Nicholas points out, will be where Tottenham win, draw or lose on Saturday, and Pochettino cannot go into the game thinking certain men may let him down again.
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