‘Steady’ Leicester goalless at half-time with Spurs

Half-time: Leicester City 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0

City manager Claudio Ranieri’s consistent approach to team selection hints at a ‘steady’ hand on the tiller – and the word just about summed up the Foxes’ first half goalless performance against visiting Spurs.

Leicester had plenty of possession with Marc Albrighton’s 19th minute long-range effort and Jamie Vardy’s 34th minute 60 metre foray down the right wing probably the best of their attacks, that were, well…’steady’.

The midfield encounters were pretty even with the odd burst of brilliance from Shinji Okazaki in blue and Mousa Dembele in white but on the whole the cancelled each other out.

Skipper Wes Morgan and partner Robert Huth were ‘steady’ in defence and keeper Kasper Schmeichel didn’t have a single save to make with injury-worry Harry Kane pretty toothless in attack despite Erik Lamela’s best play-making efforts.

Probably the biggest excitement came mid-way through the half when both teams came to the side of the pitch to top up on fluids lost in the 26 degrees heat.

Perhaps Ranieri will live up to his ‘Tinkerman’ nickname and make a switch right at the beginning of the second half and bring on new Napoli midfielder Gokham Inler in the search for three wins out of three.

Maximum points would put Leicester sitting at the top of the Premiership table thanks to Manchester United only being able to squeeze a dismal 0-0 draw against Newcastle in the early kick-off.

Leicester v Spurs – team news

Midfield new signing Gokham Inler starts on the bench for Leicester City’s clash against visiting Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.

Manager Claudio Ranieri, famed as ‘the Tinkerman’, goes against the grain and names an unchanged team for the third successive Premiership game and is hoping for a victory that would put them top of the league at the end of the afternoon following Man United’s dismal 0-0 stalemated with Newcastle.

Spurs have injury-worry Harry Kane spearheading the front line and hoping for a repeat of his first minute Boxing Day goal at the King Power last season. New recruit Clinton Njie is not included in the squad.