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Leicester have plenty of opportunities to pile the pressure on Spurs .

Spurs fans unhappy with fixture list ahead of crucial run-in

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Spurs must spend the rest of the season playing catch-up after yet another of their fixtures was moved later than Leicester's corresponding match.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have repeatedly found themselves under pressure this season because of the fixture list. Initially, their involvement in the Europa League forced them to postpone many of their Premiership fixtures until the Sunday, but even since their exit from that competition, they have encountered the same problem because of TV coverage.

Can Spurs handle the pressure?

As results have shown so far this season, the Lilywhites do not always react favourably to the gauntlet being thrown down, though they responded perfectly on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Manchester United. 

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Their fans are reacting equally badly to news of fixture changes. The conspiracy theorists among them are becoming suspicious of the goodwill and excitement that has surrounded Leicester's title hopes, which appear to be shared by the entire country barring north London.

In reality, it will be nothing more than bad luck if Spurs' kick-off times affect their finishing position. That is not to say that it will not have an impact, however, and Pochettino will have a challenge on his hands to keep his players motivated once they already know Leicester's results.

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While it should not make that much difference what time of day they kick off, playing after Leicester is making it difficult for Spurs to put any pressure on the league-leaders.

Even though Leicester are overwhelming favourites to lift the title, there are doubts over whether they can go the next four games without slipping up at all.

All eyes on Spurs

The Foxes' reliance on the 1-0 scoreline leaves them with no margin for error. Should Claudio Ranieri's men drop points, Tottenham will be well aware that all eyes will be on them.

Leicester still have to face Manchester United, Chelsea and West Ham, but Spurs also have upcoming games against the former two. If this is where both sides are likely to drop points, Leicester are fortunate that the pressure will subsequently be on Spurs to make them pay for their mistakes.

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Pochettino must, therefore, ensure his men thrive off the challenge being posed to them by Leicester. If they can start to do that immediately, they may start to see the table turn in their favour just in time.

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