The second of two all Premier League ties in the forth round of the FA Cup takes centre stage at White Hart Lane as Tottenham Hotspur host Leicester City on Saturday.
This is the second meeting between the two sides in less than a month, when Spurs claimed a 2-1 victory at the King Power stadium on Boxing Day and condemned Leicester to their sixth consecutive defeat.
The Foxes since then have undergone a resurgence going four games without defeat before losing to the Stoke City in their last match.
Spurs, on the other hand, have won their last three following a shock defeat to Crystal Palace almost two weeks ago.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men overcame Sheffield United 1-0 on Wednesday via a penalty, but the Argentine was quite disappointed with the lethargic way they went about creating chances.
Speaking to reporters after the game Pochettino said: “We played a very slow tempo. When every player had the ball, they took three, four and five touches and after they pass the ball. This was the main difficulty in creating chances.
“We try to move in offensive situations by changing position. Harry [Kane] was on the left…we tried to move and create problems for the opponent’s back four. But it was a team problem, not for one player.”
Fatigue must have played a part in that performance, especially as Spurs continue to fight on four fronts almost six months into the season and Pochettino must try to rotate the squad a little for this one.
His opposite number Nigel Pearson will be seeking a response from his side after last weekend’s loss, but he must cope without goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and Zouman Bakayogo who are out with foot and knee injuries respectively.
Matty James continues to serve his three-match ban, but record signing Andrej Kramaric could be making his first start for the club after completing his move from Croatian side Rijeka.
Meanwhile, one of Emmanuel Adebayor or Roberto Soldado will be given the nod to lead the attack as Tottenham look to carry their good form into February.
This game comes too soon for Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches as they continue their rehabilitation from various injuries, but Younes Kaboul could be making a return to the side after recovering from an illness.
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