Caglar Soyuncu: Leicester defender earns incredible praise from Gary Lineker, Jamie Carragher and talkSPORT’s Stuart Pearce

21 Sep

After selling Harry Maguire to Manchester United in the summer, an awful lot of pressure is on the shoulders of Caglar Soyuncu.

The Turkish defender, who arrived at Leicester in August 2018, has seen a lot more first team action since Maguire completed his £80million move to Old Trafford.

Soyuncu is becoming a fan favourite at Leicester
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But the only one not feeling the pressure of being the England international’s replacement is Soyuncu himself.

In fact, the 23-year-old’s only mistake this season came during their 1-0 defeat at Manchester United when he gave away the penalty – soft in Brendan Rodgers’ eyes – which was ultimately the winning goal.

But the Foxes boss was full of praise for Soyuncu ahead of their match at home to Tottenham on Saturday.

“It’s only when you work closely with him when you appreciate his qualities,” he said.

“For a modern-day centre-half, he’s what you’d want. He firstly wants to defend, he’s aggressive in the air, he wants to defend forward, physically he’s got good strength, he’s quick and covers the ground well and he can play.

Soyuncu was even compared to Germany international Mats Hummels by talkSPORT’s European football expert Andy Brassell.

And Soyuncu didn’t disappoint for Spurs’ visit as he helped his side come from behind to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Harry Kane gave the visitors the lead but goals from Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison gave Leicester the three points.

However, Soyuncu was the standout performer and was given talkSPORT’s man-of-the-match award.

Soyuncu celebrates the win with Leicester team-mate Ben Chilwell
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And Stuart Pearce, who was alongside Sam Matterface and Reshmin Chowdhury at the King Power Stadium, heaped huge praise on Soyuncu.

Pearce said: “My man of the match is Soyuncu. I thought he was wonderful today, he had a really solid game at the heart of Leicester’s back line against a very good Tottenham strike force.

“I was going to pick Maddison for his goal, but I think it’s a game in which Soyuncu stood out.”

It wasn’t just Pearce who reserved praise for the defender, with former Leicester striker Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher also having their say.

Lineker tweeted: “Seems clear now why @LCFC didn’t bother reinvesting the @HarryMaguire93 fee for another central defender.

“They knew how good Soyuncu is. Deserves the dots above his name.”

Meanwhile, ex-Liverpool defender Carragher tweeted: “Love watching Soyuncu for Leicester.”

Tottenham result against Leicester means they have not won in nine away Premier League games – their worst run since 2006

21 Sep

Another day, another away defeat for Tottenham.

Before they lost to Leicester at the King Power Stadium, Spurs had been without a win on the road since January – eight games or 244 days.

Leicester beat Tottenham 2-1 to make it nine away games without a win for Spurs
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That winless run, which began after Harry Winks’ stoppage time winner against Fulham in January, now stretches to nine games courtesy of Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison goals in a 2-1 win.

Spurs last endured a longer winless away run in the top flight between April and December 2006 when they went 10 games without victory.

Away woe

Spurs beat Fulham at Craven Cottage 2-1 in January then this happened

FEBRUARY
Burnley 2-1 Tottenham
Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

MARCH
Southampton 2-1 Tottenham
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham

APRIL
Man City 1-0 Tottenham

MAY
Bournemouth 1-0 Tottenham

AUGUST
Man City 2-2 Tottenham

SEPTEMBER
Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham
Leicester 2-1 Tottenham

Their next away Premier League game is against Brighton on 5 October – so they could match their 10-game winless record against the Seagulls – but before that is a trip to Colchester in the Carabao Cup followed by home games against Southampton and then Bayern Munich.

Against Leicester, Tottenham took the lead and appeared to be set to end the streak when Serge Aurier put the ball in to the back of the net.

However, VAR intervened – as it had done for Leicester in the first half – and disallowed the goal due to an extremely marginal offside call against Heung-min Son in the build-up.

That then sparked hope in the Leicester team and they fought back to win 2-1.

Man United and Chelsea among Premier League teams with youngest starting XIs, as Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer look to academy

21 Sep

Chelsea’s fresh-faced look this season have made them an exciting team to watch, according to Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool manager takes his side to Stamford Bridge on Sunday and Frank Lampard’s kids remind him of his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund.

Abraham, 21, has been scoring for fun this season, as has 20-year-old Mount
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“They were really young and people always spoke about that, but they only played because they were that good,” he said.

Chelsea brought in [Christian] Pulisic in the summer, it was £50-£60million. All the players around him now have the same value. Tammy Abraham is a £60m player, Mason Mount for sure is £60m, maybe more. [Callum] Hudson-Odoi was already that.”

Man United, though, named their youngest starting XI for a European game since 2012 when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lined up against Astana in the Europa League.

In fact, United have the youngest average age in the Premier League so far.

The Kids Are Alright

The average age of each club's starting XI in the Premier League so far

  1. Man United: 25 years and 52 days
  2. Southampton: 25 years and 55 days
  3. Chelsea: 25 years and 118 days
  4. Bournemouth: 25 years and 142 days
  5. Norwich: 25 years and 158 days
  6. Everton: 26 years and 100 days
  7. Aston Villa: 26 years and 115 days
  8. Leicester: 26 years and 117 days
  9. Newcastle: 26 years and 124 days
  10. Arsenal: 26 years and 156 days
  11. Wolves: 26 years and 247 days
  12. Sheffield United: 27 years and 13 days
  13. Liverpool: 27 years and 37 days
  14. Man City: 27 years and 78 days
  15. West Ham: 27 years and 132 days
  16. Tottenham: 27 years and 178 days
  17. Brighton: 27 years and 192 days
  18. Burnley: 28 years and 146 days
  19. Crystal Palace: 29 years and 148 days
  20. Watford: 29 years and 198 days

*Doesn’t include Southampton vs Bournemouth

Academy player Mason Greenwood, who is 17, scored in the 1-0 Europa League win.

“We always know that in and around the box he’s one of the best finishers we’ve got,” Solskjaer afterwards.

“If you want to make it as a United player you have to handle the fans. Mason won us the game so we’re very pleased for him.”

See how the Premier League youngsters get on across Saturday where talkSPORT will be with you from Leicester vs Tottenham at 12.30pm to Newcastle vs Brighton at 5.30pm on GameDay

Why Hugo Lloris is not in Tottenham XI for Leicester game, Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez also missing and Christian Eriksen benched

21 Sep

Hugo Lloris has not travelled to the King Power Stadium for the Premier League game against Leicester.

The captain’s wife is due to give birth, while Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is also without Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez.

Lloris has been left out of the matchday squad for the game against Leicester
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It means Paulo Gazzaniga will be in goal to try and stop Jamie Vardy scoring.

The Leicester striker has scored in each of his last three Premier League matches against Spurs and since the start of the 2014/15 season, Vardy has scored more Premier League goals against ‘big six’ teams than any other player with 31.

Christian Eriksen is on the bench.

Ben Chilwell, whom Leicester had a fitness concern, starts for the hosts in a game that is live on talkSPORT at 12.30pm.

Confirmed Starting XVs

Leicester: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Soyuncu, evans, Tielemans, Vardy, Maddison, Barnes, Perez, Pereira, Ndidi
Subs: Justin, Morgan, Gray, Albrighton, Ward, Choudhury, Praet.

Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Son, Winks, Kane, Lamela, Sissoko, Aurier, Ndombele
Subs: Wanyama, Dier, Eriksen, Lucas Moura, Skipp, Davies, Whiteman

 

Phil Jagielka leaves out Rooney, Gerrard and Terry in dream five-a-side team and picks Everton and Sheffield United mates

20 Sep

Phil Jagielka has picked his ultimate five-a-side team and his selections may raise a few eyebrows – and not because he’s in goal!

Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Romelu Lukaku are just three players he has shared the changing room with, but none make the cut.

Phil Jagielka joined Sheffield United as a teenager before moving to Everton in 2007
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Jagielka’s life has gone full circle now he is back at Sheffield United, the club he started his career at.

The centre back joined the Blades as a 15-year-old and made his first team debut in 2000.

In 2007, he joined Everton for £4million where he stayed for 12 years and racked up 385 appearances.

Now he is back with the Blades following their promotion to the Premier League and the two sides will meet on Saturday at 3pm, with commentary of the game live on talkSPORT.

We asked Jagielka to pick the best five-a-side team from the players he played with and this is what he came up with.

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The former England international did explain his selections and admitted he ‘didn’t want to get in trouble’ with his mates.

“I’m going to probably chicken out here a little bit and choose my five closest mates because if they listen then I can’t get into trouble, can I?

“So I’m obviously going to go in goal. I quite enjoy that. I’ve been in goal a few times thanks to Neil [Warnock] not putting a keeper on [the bench].

“My two defenders, I’m probably just going to go with the two I played the longest with. I’m going to go with Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines. So quite attacking.

“Midfielders, this is where it becomes sticky. I still speak to Monty (Nick Montgomery) and Tongey (Michael Tonge) loads so I’m going to have to put those two in midfield.

“We are going to hit them on the counter-attack. It’s my safest bet there because if they find out I’ve done a five-a-side team and not picked them then I’m going to be in trouble.”

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Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week

  • Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT
  • Leeds vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Everton vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Newcastle vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT
  • West Brom vs Huddersfield (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2

Jagielka has had a distinguished career for both club and country since making his debut in 2000.

He has made 673 appearances at club level, with 13 of his seasons coming in the Premier League, and 40 appearances for England with appearances at Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup.

Here is who he could have picked for his team.

Who Phil Jagielka could have picked in his best five-a-side team
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Jagielka has played with remarkably few goalkeepers with Paddy Kenny and Tim Howard being long servants of Sheffield United and Everton respectively.

Joe Hart was England’s first choice for much of his career as an international.

In defence, there was plenty to choose from, including Sylvin Distin, Coleman, Baines, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Joleon Lescott.

Everton had a number of talented midfielders during his 12 years at the club including Mikael Artera, Marouane Fellani, Tim Cahill and Ross Barkley while his England team-mates included Frank Lampard, James Milner, Theo Walcott and Gerrard.

In attack, Rooney is the standout player with Everton having players like Louis Saha and Romelu Lukaku during his career.


Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action, beginning at Goodison Park with Everton vs Sheffield United.

‘Mauricio Pochettino is not happy to maintain and stay’, says Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers as Tottenham boss is linked with Real Madrid

20 Sep

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed Mauricio Pochettino for the ‘huge progress’ Tottenham have made under his tutelage ahead of their Premier League clash this weekend.

But, an in exclusive interview with talkSPORT, the Northern Irishman also said Pochettino is driven to constantly improve teams and is ‘not happy just to maintain and stay’, in a perceived warning to the club over their highly-coveted boss’ future.


GAMEDAY: Tune in as talkSPORT bring you full LIVE commentary of Leicester vs Tottenham, Saturday September 21, Kick Off: 12:30pm


Its been a mixed week for Pochettino
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Real Madrid have reportedly set their sights back on the Argentine, with Zinedine Zidane feeling the heat at the Bernabeu after the Spanish giants’ poor start to the season and humiliating 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

Spurs fans had probably thought they’d heard the last of reports linking their boss with a move away, especially after keeping him happy over the summer by spending over £80million on new signings.

But Tottenham, too, have experienced a shaky start to the new campaign.

The have claimed two wins from their opening five Premier League games, and while they thumped Crystal Palace 4-0 in their previous outing, the optimism that mauling created was swiftly erased in just a matter of days as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Olympiakos in their Champions League opener.

Spurs fans will therefore be hoping for a positive result when they travel to Leicester on Saturday afternoon, with more disappointing results only going to push their boss further to the brink.

Rodgers joined talkSPORT for an exclusive chat ahead of the game and praised Pochettino for his work at White Hart Lane.

The Leicester boss says the Argentine ‘has clear ambition for Spurs to continue to develop’, but could that same ambition see him leave the north Londoners if he is prevented from fulfilling it?

“He’s done an outstanding job, the progress Tottenham have made since he’s been there has been huge,” Foxes manager Rodgers told talkSPORT’s Geoff Peters.

“The status he’s given the club, his relationship with Daniel Levy has clearly worked really well in developing and growing the club on and off the pitch.

“And as a coach ,with his staff, he has improved his players.

Brendan Rodgers is expecting a tough game for his Leicester side when Tottenham come to play on Saturday lunchtime
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“I remember in 2014 my Liverpool team played Tottenham in the early stage of his career there.

“I think back to that game, and Harry Kane was on the bench at that time, but there were lots of other players who are still there. Christian Eriksen was around at that time, Danny Rose, Ben Davies, all those players were there and if you think of the level they’ve grown to, I think he’s done an absolutely brilliant job.

“But he’s a builder. He’s not happy just to maintain and stay, he wants to develop and improve, that’s his make up, that’s what he wants to do.

“You can see the ambition he has for Spurs to continue to develop.”

Listen to a clip of Brendan Rodgers above and hear the FULL INTERVIEW on talkSPORT on GameDay from 11am on Saturday


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Leicester vs Tottenham: Jamie Vardy has more Premier League goals against ‘Big Six’ sides than anyone since start of 2014/15 season

20 Sep

Jamie Vardy has made a decent start to the 2019/20 Premier League season, scoring three goals in five matches.

The Leicester striker will be confident he can add to his tally when the Foxes entertain Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime.

Vardy has a knack for scoring against ‘Big Six’ opposition
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You can listen to commentary of Leicester vs Tottenham LIVE on talkSPORT – the first of our three live commentaries on GameDay.

But it’s not just because he’s in good form that Vardy will feel he can increase his goals when Spurs come to the King Power Stadium.

Since playing his first match in the top flight, Vardy has developed a good habit of scoring against ‘Big Six’ opposition including five to his name against Spurs.

In fact, since the beginning of the 2014/15 season, Vardy has scored more Premier League goals against Spurs, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea than anyone else.

He has 31 goals in 57 appearances against ‘Big Six’ sides to his name which is an average of 147 minutes per goal.

Below you can see the huge names that Vardy has eclipsed in terms of his Premier League goals against ‘Big Six’ sides since the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

Top scorers against 'Big Six' opposition

Vardy tops the goalscoring charts against 'Big Six' opposition since the start of the 2014/15 season

1) Jamie Vardy – 31 goals in 57 appearances

2) Sergio Aguero – 30 goals in 44 appearances

3) Harry Kane – 23 goals in 46 appearances

4) Sadio Mane – 18 goals in 50 appearances

5) Gylfi Sigurdsson – 16 goals in 55 appearances

6) Roberto Firmino – 14 goals in 37 appearances

7) Eden Hazartd – 13 goals in 48 appearances

8) Olivier Giroud – 12 goals in 42 appearances

9) Ashley Barnes – 12 goals in 45 appearances

10) Mohamed Salah – 11 goals in 22 appearances

Should Vardy get on the scoresheet, he’ll extend his lead over Sergio Aguero, no matter how well the Argentine does this weekend as Manchester City are playing Watford, who are not a ‘Big Six’ side.

But whether Vardy is firing or not, Leicester vs Tottenham promises to be a good game with the hosts level on points with Mauricio Pochettino’s side going into the game.



Ahead of the contest, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said: “There is a strong culture here of learning and wanting to do better. We have very talented young players and also a great group of experienced pros to complement that.

Rodgers’ side are fifth with eight points going into the Spurs game
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“All of them have the hunger to improve and when you mix all that together then ambition will hopefully help you to progress.

“We are trying to form an identity here and we know we must improve – and we will over time.

“But we know we haven’t fully got to our top level yet and we’re still in a good place – fifth in league and still in a cup and showing some good qualities with lots still to improve on.”


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Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekend

  • Leicester vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT
  • Leeds vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Everton vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Newcastle vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT
  • West Brom vs Huddersfield (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2

Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – with Leicester vs Tottenham among our games this weekend.

Newcastle vs Brighton commentary: LIVE action and confirmed teams from St James’ Park

20 Sep

Newcastle host Brighton in Saturday’s late kick-off with both sides in need of a win to kick-start their seasons.

Newcastle go into this weekend’s Premier League fixtures in 18th with Brighton just a point above them.

Steve Bruce’s Newcastle host Brighton on Saturday evening
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The Toon lost 3-1 at Liverpool last Saturday while the Seagulls drew at home to Burnley.

Both will be eager to claim just their second wins of the campaign when they face off at St James’ Park.

talkSPORT will be in attendance to bring you all the top-flight action.

Newcastle vs Brighton: How to listen

The Premier League clash will get under way at 5:30pm on Saturday, September 21.

Full commentary from St James’ Park will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 5:15pm.

Laura Woods will bring you all the build-up from the northeast before handing over to Nigel Adderley and Trevor Sinclair for live and exclusive commentary.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

Newcastle vs Brighton: What has been said?

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce: “They’re totally different under their new manager to what they were, certainly the playing style.

“They’re probably going through that transition. They had a wonderful start when they won 3-0 away from home and they’re a bit different under the new manager – they’re possession-based.

“We’re up against a very decent side but it’s a big opportunity for ourselves too.”

Brighton manager Graham Potter: “The boys are open-minded to being flexible and adaptable and they all want to take that challenge on.

“We will continue to work on the balance, because football is about that – there is no point in solely defending and not attacking, or the other way around.

“We just want to carry on, to improve and get better, but also understanding the quality which you face in the Premier League.”

Jetro Willems celebrates his goal for Newcastle at Liverpool last weekend
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Newcastle vs Brighton: Match stats

  • Brighton have only lost two of their last 10 league games against Newcastle, with both defeats coming in the 2016-17 Championship season, when the two sides were both promoted to the Premier League.
  • Brighton have won just one of their last 14 Premier League matches, scoring just eight goals and drawing a blank on eight occasions in the process.
  • After winning five consecutive home league games between January and March, Newcastle have only mustered one win in their last five at St. James’ Park.
  • Newcastle have the lowest Expected Goals value in the Premier League this season, while only Crystal Palace have recorded fewer ‘big chances’ than the Magpies.
  • Brighton striker Neal Maupay has netted seven goals in his last 11 league games after failing to score in the five before that.
  • Pascal Gross has created 148 goalscoring chances in the league, 80 more than any other Brighton player in the competition’s history. Indeed, only Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen  and Kevin De Bruyne have created more chances since Gross’ debut in August 2017.
  • Steve Bruce is looking to avoid becoming only the second Newcastle manager to fail to win his opening three Premier League games at St. James’ Park after Steve McClaren.
Graham Potter’s Brighton take on Newcastle this weekend
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Newcastle vs Brighton: Team news

Newcastle XI: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Willems, Almiron, Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu, Joelinton

Subs: Ki, Carroll, Saint-Maximin, Muto, Krafth, Fernandez, Darlow

Brighton XI: Ryan, Montoya, Dunk, Webster, Burn, Propper, Stephens, Mooy, Gross, Maupay, Alzate

Subs: Bong, Duffy, Bissouma, Murray, Button, Baluta, Connolly


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Leicester vs Tottenham commentary: LIVE action and confirmed team news as Lloris, Alli and Sanchez all miss out for Spurs

20 Sep

Leicester welcome Tottenham to the King Power Stadium this weekend as talkSPORT’s GameDay special kicks off once again.

The Foxes saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end at Old Trafford last weekend as they were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United.

Spurs, meanwhile, moved up to third in the table with a handsome victory over Crystal Palace.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham take on Leicester this weekend
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The north Londoners did, however, waste a 2-0 lead in their Champions League draw at Olympiakos in midweek and will want to bounce back from that disappointment.

They have a good record against Leicester and won in the East Midlands 2-0 last season.

talkSPORT will bring you full coverage of the top-flight clash this weekend and here’s everything you need to know to tune in.

Leicester vs Tottenham: How to listen

The Premier League clash will get under way at 12:30pm on Saturday, September 21.

Full commentary from the King Power Stadium will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 11am.

Reshmin Chowdhury will bring you all the build-up from the East Midlands before handing over to Sam Matterface and Stuart Pearce for live and exclusive commentary.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

Leicester vs Tottenham: What has been said?

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: “I don’t think we deserved to lose the game [against Man United].

There wasn’t much in it.

“Over the first five games we’ve shown a wonderful resilience, we’ve been very strong in the second period of games. We must continue to work on our performances.

“He [Pochettino] is a very talented coach and I think he’s done a brilliant job there.

“What he has done at the club is exceptional. Tottenham have their strengths, but we’ll try and impose on them in our own way.”

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: “Leicester is a very good team with a lot of unbelievable players and after winning the Premier League they rebuild their squad.

“Today are doing fantastic with a great manager like Brendan Rodgers, who I know very well. They are doing a fantastic job.

“Tottenham and Leicester share the same position in the table, we have eight points.

“We will see [about top four chances], it’s too early to talk about contenders and what will happen in the future. Still all the teams are finding their best.

“We only play five games. Until you play between 10 and 15 games, it’s difficult to see what will happen and the real contenders, teams who are going to be serious contender. It is still so early.”

Leicester star Jamie Vardy will be looking to shot down Tottenham this weekend
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Leicester vs Tottenham: Match stats

  • After winning five of their seven Premier League home games against Spurs at Filbert Street, Leicester have won just one of six since moving to the King Power Stadium.
  • Tottenham have won four of their last five Premier League games against Leicester, including each of the last three in a row. They’ve never won four consecutive top-flight matches against the Foxes.
  • Leicester have scored more league goals against Tottenham than they have versus any other side. However, they’ve only conceded more goals against Manchester United and Arsenal in the competition than against Spurs.
  • Tottenham are without a win in their last eight away games in the Premier League – they last endured a longer winless away run in 2006.
  • Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in 12 games in all competitions against Leicester, more than he has vs any other side in his professional career.
  • Leicester star James Maddison has attempted the most shots without scoring in the Premier League this season. Maddison has failed to net with his last 28 shots, last scoring against Huddersfield in April.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored in each of his last three matches against Tottenham, netting four goals during this run. Since the start of 2014-15, Vardy has scored more league goals versus ‘big six’ teams than any other player with 31.
Tottenham stars Erik Lamela and Heung-Min Son
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Leicester vs Tottenham: Team news

Brendan Rodgers has selected the same XI that ended Saturday’s loss at Man United, with Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez starting having been introduced as substitutes last weekend.

Demarai Gray and Hamza Choudhury drop to the bench to make space for the aforementioned duo

For Spurs, Hugo Lloris, Davinson Sanchez and Dele Alli have not travelled to the King Power for Saturday’s match, with Paulo Gazzaniga called into action in goal.

That is one of two changes Pochettino has made from last weekend’s 4-0 defeat of Crystal Palace, with Tanguy Ndombele also coming into the starting XI and Christian Eriksen dropping to the bench.

Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell; Ndidi, Tielemans; Maddison, Barnes, Perez; Vardy

Subs: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Gray, Albirhgton, Choudhury, Praet

Tottenham XI: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Ndombele, Winks; Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Kane

Subs: Whiteman, Wanyama, Dier, Eriksen, Moura, Skipp, Davies


Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots.

Premier League LIVE: Leicester vs Tottenham and Newcastle vs Brighton among talkSPORT’s live Saturday coverage

20 Sep

It’s Saturday again which means it’s time for GameDay once more.

The Premier League has been full of thrills and spills already this season and we are set for more this weekend.

We’ll be at Leicester vs Tottenham and Newcastle vs Brighton on Saturday and we’ll also bring you the day’s 3pm action plus a healthy dollop from the Championship too.

Son Heung-Min’s Tottenham take on Leicester this Saturday
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talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 will be bringing you more live top-flight games than ever before in 2019/20 with well over 100 games on our airwaves over the coming weeks and months.

And we’ll be the only place where you can listen to THREE live Premier League matches this weekend.

With plenty to come, here’s what we’ve got in store for you all.

Leicester vs Tottenham

Coverage starts from 11am on talkSPORT (kick-off 12:30pm)

GameDay kicks off this weekend at the King Power Stadium as the 2016 champions Leicester host the 2017 runners-up Tottenham.

The two sides have made decent starts to the season, both in the top five on eight points.

Leicester lost at Manchester United last weekend while Tottenham smashed Crystal Palace.

The Foxes will be eager to bounce back but have lost four of their last five against Spurs, conceding 17 goals in doing so.

Reshmin Chowdhury, Sam Matterface and Stuart Pearce will be on hand for all of talkSPORT’s live and exclusive coverage of the clash.

Leicester star Jamie Vardy will be looking to shot down Tottenham this weekend
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Leeds vs Derby

Coverage starts from 11am on talkSPORT 2 (kick-off 12:30pm)

We’ll be bringing you an extra slice of Championship action this weekend from Elland Road.

The clash was surrounding by the spy-gate scandal last season which saw Marcelo Bielsa send his staff to watch Derby’s training sessions in secret ahead of the league meeting.

The two faced each other four times last term with Leeds winning both league games and the first-leg of their play-off tie before Derby stunned them with a 4-2 win in the return leg.

This season, Leeds are sitting top of the table while Derby are down in 19th and have only won once in their opening seven games.

talkSPORT 2 will bring you live and exclusive commentary of the clash this weekend with Mark Wilson and Chris Iwelumo.

Raheem Sterling’s Man City are in 3pm action this weekend
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GameDay Live with Adrian Durham

Coverage starts from 2:30pm on talkSPORT

Adrian Durham will be your host as we go Around the Grounds for this weekend’s three 3pm kick-offs in the top-flight.

Champions Manchester City host Watford looking to hit back from their shock defeat at Norwich last time out.

Meanwhile, Everton host newly-promoted Sheffield United and Burnley take on the Canaries.

Once the full-time whistles go, Adrian will then lead our Full-Time Phone-In so you the fans can have your say on all the action.

Everton vs Sheffield United

Coverage starts from 2:30pm on talkSPORT 2 (kick-off 3pm)

In the 2019/20 season, we will be bringing you a live 3pm game every weekend over on talkSPORT 2.

We’ll be at Goodison Park on Saturday for Everton vs Sheffield United with Russ Williams bringing you all the build-up before handing over to Ian Danter and Perry Groves for the action.

The Toffees have been a mixed bag so far this season, following up their win over Wolves on September 1 with a woeful defeat at Bournemouth last time out.

The Blades, meanwhile, have impressed on their return to the top-flight but will be eager to get their second win of the campaign sooner rather than later.

These two sides have not meet in the league since a 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane in March 2007.

Steve Bruce’s Newcastle face a key clash against Brighton this weekend
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Newcastle vs Brighton

Coverage starts from 5:15pm on talkSPORT (kick-off 5:30pm)

Our sixth instalment of our GameDay special will conclude at St James’ Park this weekend as two of the league’s strugglers face off.

Newcastle and Brighton make up two of the league’s bottom five sides having both won just once so far this term.

The Toon lost 3-1 at Liverpool last weekend while the Seagulls drew with Burnley and both will be looking to claim a vital three points this Saturday.

Laura Woods will bring you all the build-up before handing over to Nigel Adderley and Trevor Sinclair for live and exclusive commentary to wrap up another GameDay special.


Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots.