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A plethora of missed chances cost Tottenham against Leicester on Wednesday.

Tottenham must convert more of their chances to win the Premier League

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Many will argue that this is one of the best chances - if not the best - for a north London club to lift the Premier League trophy this season.

Arsenal currently top the table, level on 43 points with Leicester City, whilst Tottenham lie fourth on 36.

Both sides have performed well this campaign, yet for Spurs, 2016 could potentially be their year - but only if they improve in front of goal.

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Whilst the goals are coming thick and fast for the Lilywhites, with Englishmen Harry Kane and Dele Alli particularly firing, Mauricio Pochettino's side aren't putting away enough chances given the sheer amount of openings they craft.

Take Wednesday night's league clash with Leicester City, for example. Tottenham made 21 attempts at goal against the Foxes, yet managed just five on target and failed to find the back of the net.

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Ranieri's side, on the other hand, created ten chances and scored from one of the two shots they hit on target, with Robert Huth powering home a header from a corner in the 83rd minute.

The Premier League pair faced each other just three days previously in Sunday’s FA Cup clash - and the story was the exact same.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City - Premier League

Spurs dominated the game with some 73% possession and managed 24 shots at goal, 14 more than Leicester's ten, but scored only twice, with their second a penalty in the dying moments of the game to level the scores.

In comparison to those above them in the Premier League table, Arsenal faced Liverpool at Anfield on the same night and scored three goals from 14 attempts, four of which on target. Such precision in front of goal appears to be the difference, even if the Gunners were held to a thrilling draw.

It just goes to show how little dangerous attacks count unless the ball ends up in the back of the net, rather than struck wide, over or straight at the goalkeeper.

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City - Premier League

Pochettino's side are a genuine threat this season and a top four place looks a real certainty, but until they convert more of the chances they create, they'll struggle to establish themselves as title contenders.

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