Prioritising the league over the FA Cup, Claudio Ranieri is expected to make changes to his XI, with Spurs set to take advantage.
Spurs are expected to field a strong lineup against ‘tinker-man’ Claudio Ranieri, who is expected to ring wholesale changes to the Leicester City XI.
Spurs Team News:
Ryan Mason (ankle), Mousa Dembele (groin), Clinton Njie (knee) and Alex Pritchard (ankle) remain sidelined for the London outfit that have gone places under the Argentine boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Speaking after training on Friday, the Spurs manager was quoted as saying by the official Tottenham Hotspur website:”Ryan and Mousa are very close but they are still out.
“After six months out, Alex is close to working with the team again. It’s always tough after six months but it will be good for him to train again with the group and now he has to get to a better level so he can compete with his team-mates.”
Spurs are otherwise expected to name a full strength XI.
Leicester Team News:
Leicester City, on the other hand, are expected to give chances to their fringe players, as well as new signings with Ranieri making his priorities clear in the press conference.
a I would love to win the Cup,a he was quoted as saying by the Independent. a I reached the final at Cardiff with Chelsea and would love to be on the touchline for a Wembley final. I have been in some of the biggest stadiums around the world, but not Wembley. Always in the stand, never on the pitch. In England the FA Cup is more important, sometimes more than the Premier League.
a But the League is the priority and so I think of Tottenham on Wednesday and then Aston Villa [on Saturday]. The mentality does not change. We still want to win but [today] is an opportunity for players who did not play so far. It is important for me to look at these players, to see if they are ready to fight.a
Vardy is ruled out with a groin injury, while Nai??i??Golo Kant and Riyad Mahrez are likely to be rested. Inler is certain to start alongside new signing Demarai Gray in the midfield, with Nathan Dyer also on the flanks.