Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Number of meetings at Filbert Street/King Power Stadium in the Premier League era: 13

W/D/L Record: Leicester City Wins 6, Tottenham Hotspur Wins 5, Draws 2

Average Attendance: 25,886

Total Number of Goals: 42

Top 5 Fixture Goalscorers: Harry Kane 6, Heung-Min Son 3, Paul Dickov 2, Emile Heskey 2, Julian Joachim 2

All data correct upto the end of the 2018-2019 season

One of the standout fixtures this weekend is the clash between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium. These two teams have a modern rivalry triggered by their title battle in 2016, which ultimately ended up in Leicester’s favour.

Encounters over the years between these sides have often been evenly-matched. I will now look through the archives, selecting eight previous meetings the teams have held in Leicester.

17th September 1994: Leicester City 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

The first Premier League meeting between the sides was only Leicester’s sixth-ever Premier League match. It was a memorable day for their supporters as they took down a much-fancied Spurs side to claim their first Premier League win. Julian Joachim made the most of some weak Tottenham defending. He ran rings around Stuart Nethercott and Colin Calderwood, scoring twice in the Foxes’ 3-1 victory. Not even a Jurgen Klinsmann goal could deny Brian Little’s team claiming a deserved three points.

19th October 1998: Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

The build-up to this Monday Night Football game was about the managers. George Graham was about to embark on his new challenge as Tottenham Hotspur manager. Graham had left Leeds United to take the Spurs job and the name of Leicester boss Martin O’Neill was being heavily linked with the vacancy at Elland Road. Leicester supporters turned up at Filbert Street, pleading for O’Neill to stay with ‘Don’t Go Martin’ banners all over the ground in the build-up to kick-off. Leicester won the game 2-1, thanks to a spectacular late volley from Muzzy Izzet. Two days later, O’Neill confirmed he would be staying at Leicester. Tottenham did have the last laugh though in this campaign; beating the Foxes 1-0 in a fairly drab League Cup final at Wembley.

11th May 2002: Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

This was the last-ever game to be played at Filbert Street after 111 years before Leicester moved into their new stadium for the 2002-2003 campaign. Sadly for the Foxes, they would only be playing First Division football at their new home having been relegated from the Premier League a month earlier. They left the old ground though with a final day victory. 21,716 spectators were there to see Leicester win 2-1. It was Matt Piper who had the honour of scoring the final-ever goal at the ground before it was demolished in March 2003.

19th October 2003: Leicester City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

The first game between Leicester and Tottenham at The King Power Stadium took place in October 2003 and would be the last league fixture to be played at the ground for over a decade. It was a miserable return for Kasey Keller to Leicester, who allowed a Paul Dickov shot to squirm through his grasp in the first half. He would be bailed out though by Mbulelo Mabizela’s only Premier League goal and Freddie Kanoute’s late winner to hand all three points to Spurs.

22nd August 2015: Leicester City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Little did we know that this third fixture for both in the 2015-2016 season would be between the two prime title challengers for the campaign. It looked like the game was heading for a draw before Dele Alli scrambled home his first Premier League goal 10 minutes from time. Moments later, Riyad Mahrez curled in a gem of an equaliser to ensure parity for Leicester. They would meet four times in the season, with the Foxes winning in the league at White Hart Lane but losing an FA Cup third round replay to Spurs a week later.

18th May 2017: Leicester City 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur

This game was when Harry Kane went into turbocharging mode as he seeked to retain his Golden Boot award. Kane went into the match trailing Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in the top scorer charts but came out of this clash as a clear leader. He scored four times as Tottenham ran riot in this their penultimate game of the season. The 6-1 scoreline remains one of Leicester’s heaviest-ever Premier League losses.

28th November 2017: Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Claude Puel’s early days as Foxes manager saw a four-game winning sequence, which included the scalp of Tottenham in November 2017. The double act of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were both on the scoresheet before half-time to give Leicester an advantage they wouldn’t squander. Despite a Harry Kane goal in the second half, the home side took all three points to leave Tottenham finishing the month down in seventh position.

8th December 2018: Leicester City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham cruised to victory in the meeting between the sides at The King Power Stadium last season. Heung-Min Son scored a stunning goal right on the stroke of half-time in a fixture the South Korean international has always enjoyed. Dele Alli added a second goal to inflict a first league defeat on Leicester since the tragic death of club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

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