4 Key Battles That Could Decide Leicester City's Clash With Tottenham This Weekend

Matchday 16 in the Premier League sees six match unbeaten Leicester City welcome Tottenham to the King Power Stadium.


Having beaten Watford and rescued a point at Fulham in midweek, the Foxes are looking for seven points from a possible nine, whilst Spurs are seeking back-to-back wins after their disappointing North London derby defeat to Arsenal.


Despite the absence of some key players for each side, notably Jamie Vardy and Kieran Trippier  - there is an abundance of quality on show this weekend.


Here are four key battles that could determine the outcome of this mouthwatering fixture.

1. Kasper Schmeichel vs. Harry Kane

Having scored seven goals against Leicester in their last three league meetings, Kasper Schmeichel must be sick at the sight of Harry Kane


This included a brace on the final day of last season and a four goal haul in a 6-1 Spurs thrashing in May 2017.


Tottenham's number 10 already has nine goals in 15 outings, but Schmeichel is just three clean sheets short of his total feat for last campaign (8) and looks to surpass his personal best of 15 achieved in the Foxes stellar 2015-16 title winning campaign. 


Nevertheless, the Danish keeper will have to be in fine form to prevent another Kane rout. 

2. Wilfred Ndidi vs. Eric Dier

Two of their sides' most consistent performers this campaign, Wilfred Ndidi and Eric Dier will look to battle it out in the centre of the park.


Earmarked the new N'Golo Kante, Ndidi has rose to prominence since his move from Belgian side Genk in January 2016 - stamping his authority in the top flight with his defensive nous and exquisite passing range. 


In a Spurs team plagued by injury, Eric Dier is enjoying a lengthy run of games and like Nigerian counterpart, his force in midfield hasn't gone unnoticed amongst his sides considerable attacking outlets. 

3. James Maddison vs. Christian Eriksen

Two of the division's top playmakers go head-to-head in perhaps the most fascinating contest across the Premier League this weekend. James Maddison has set the world alight with five goals in his debut season, including an equaliser at Fulham in midweek.


Meanwhile, despite missing a handful of games, Christian Eriksen's ever-influential midfield panache has seen him register six assists this term - the latest coming in Spurs' 3-1 victory over Southampton in midweek.

4. Harry Maguire vs. Heung-Min Son

Harry Maguire's much anticipated return to action could not come at a better time for the Foxes.


It's no coincidence that three of the Foxes five clean sheets have come under the stewardship of Maguire, whose aerial threat in both boxes makes him a match winner.


Son's recent impressive performances saw him net against Chelsea and Southampton, while tormenting Arsenal's defence last weekend. However, he is yet to score away from Wembley - a statistic his opposite number will look to further prevent.


Both are tied on goals scored, but who will come out on top on Saturday?