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PL2 Preview: Flying Foxes Travel To Spurs

Leicester City’s Development Squad can continue their magnificent start with a Premier League 2 encounter at Tottenham Hotspur on Friday afternoon (1pm kick-off).
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Under the astute guidance of manager Steve Beaglehole, the Club’s Under-23s outfit have won five of their last six matches in all competitions and currently sit in fourth place in PL2.

Spurs, meanwhile, are bottom of the early league standings but proved last season what a threat they can be - meaning Friday’s meeting is likely to be a hotly-contested affair. 

Here are five things you need to know…

Most recent meeting

On the final day of the 2016/17 campaign, City delivered an outstanding display to defeat Tottenham 4-1 at White Hart Lane to remain in Division 1.

A double from Harvey Barnes either side of half-time, including a wonderful free-kick from 20 yards, and two goals from Gordon helped preserve the Club’s top flight status.

Spurs were reduced to 10 men late on when goalkeeper Thomas Glover handled outside the area but they still managed to pull one back in the 89th minute through Marcus Edwards.

Last time out

Leicester’s Under-23s collected a fifth win in six with a 3-1 success over Barnsley at Oakwell in the Premier League Cup on Tuesday afternoon.

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Muskwe celebrates his goal at Oakwell.

Admiral Muskwe’s double and Gordon’s long range effort, on his 23rd birthday, rendered Matthew Wolfe's header in the first half a mere consolation in south Yorkshire.

A result which further cements his side's impressive start to the new season, Development Squad boss Beaglehole will be delighted with the progress being made at Under-23s level.

Gordon’s joy

The Foxes forward was thrilled to mark his 23rd birthday with a super strike to help his side book yet another victory on the road earlier this week.

The former Stafford Rangers forward has settled into life at the Club quickly after joining towards the end of the 2016/17 campaign and he hopes to build upon that progress.

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Gordon Elated With Goal

Foxes forward Josh Gordon spoke to LCFC TV after the Under-23s' victory against Barnsley in the Premier League Cup.

He told LCFC TV: “We need to learn from what we’ve done today and, on Friday [against Tottenham Hotspur in Premier League 2], hopefully we can get another result.”

Beaglehole’s preview

 

Looking ahead to Friday’s visit to the capital, Beaglehole said: “We have got to get them off the legs with just two days to rest and prepare. It’s a big game, they all are.

“That’s what you want. If you want to be the best, you’ve got to play against the best. They are lucky to have this games programme.

They have the ability to do what Andy King and Ben Chilwell have done. They need desire and a bit of luck. It’s down to you, lads.

Steve Beaglehole

“We’ll hopefully see one or two in the first team soon. They have the ability to do what Andy King and Ben Chilwell have done. They need desire and a bit of luck. It’s down to you, lads.”

Spurs in focus

 

A 3-0 win over Manchester United back in August remains Tottenham’s only victory in PL2 so far this season, but the shoots of recovery are there for the north London outfit.

Spurs are currently bottom of the Under-23s top flight table and go into this Friday’s meeting on the back of a 4-2 defeat by runaway leaders Liverpool, who have won every game so far.

However, Tottenham’s goal difference points to their danger. Despite a slender points return, they have already scored on 11 occasions this term, three times more than City.

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