This preview sees the return of Champions League football, with a packed matchday three. Tottenham travel to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen, with both sides looking to register a much needed win. Leicester face FC Copenhagen looking to recover from their 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea, with Ranieri seemingly putting all of his eggs in the Champions League basket.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Tottenham – Tuesday 18th October 2016 – 19:45 - BT Sport
Bayer Leverkusen welcome Tottenham to the BayArena on Tuesday evening, in the third round of matches from the Champions League group stages.
The German side come into this match on the back of a 2-1 defeat against Werder Bremen.
Goals from Junuzovic (13) and Manneh (59) were enough to give Bremen all three points, despite Calhanoglu equalising in the 27th minute.
That result leaves Leverkusen in 10th position in the Bundesliga, a gap of seven points between themselves and the leaders Bayern Munich.
Leverkusen In Mixed Form
Leverkusen had gone into the weekend's fixtures in great form, having beaten second-placed Borussia Dortmund 2-0 before the international break.
They have remained unbeaten in their opening two matches, drawing against both Monaco and CSKA Moskva.
That leaves them third in the group, behind both the visitors Tottenham and French side Monaco, a result in this match could see them move top of the group.
Despite their indifferent form in the league the German side remain favourites, with home advantage crucial in the Champions League.
They will be looking to register their first win of the competition this season, they will also be looking for great consistency.
Their overall record against English sides is poor, they have played 10, won 3, drawn 2 and lost 5 of those matches.
A 5-0 defeat against Manchester City in the 13/14 Champions League was their last fixture against an English side.
Leverkusen are 11/10 with Javier Hernandez at 4/1 to score first.
Tottenham Strive For Consistency
Tottenham travel to the BayArena on the back of a 1-1 draw against West Brom at the weekend.
It's a result that Mauricio Pochettino will have been disappointed with, his side failing to break down a stubborn Baggies defence.
Former player Nacer Chadli opened the scoring in the 82nd minute, with Dele Alli equalising seven minutes later to keep Spurs unbeaten record intact.
Tottenham have been in excellent form this season, they have tasted defeat just once, with a 2-1 defeat on matchday one against Monaco at Wembley.
Spurs Target Progression
Tottenham will have targeted progression as the minimum requirement in this group, despite the presence of some top sides.
The opening defeat against Monaco was a setback but they put in an improved performance against CKSA Moskva.
Heung-Min Son has emerged as a key player for Spurs, especially with Kane a long-term injury absentee.
Dele Alli has also scored in his last two matches, with Tottenham third in the Premier League they remain in a great position this season.
Tottenham come into this match as underdogs, they will be looking to register their second win in the Champions League this season.
This will be a tough fixture for Spurs, with any away game in Germany tough, Leverkusen have not lost a Champions League home game since 2014.
Pochettino's men will be looking to better their record in Germany, in 10 matches they have won 3, lost 6 and drawn 1.
Tottenham are 12/5 with Heung-Min Son at 13/2 to open the scoring.
Leicester City vs FC Copenhagen – Tuesday 18th October 2016 – 19:45 - BT Sport
Leicester welcome FC Copenhagen to the King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening, in the third round of matches from the Champions League group stages.
Claudio Ranieri's side come into this match on the back of a 3-0 defeat against Chelsea at the weekend.
Goals from Diego Costa (7), Eden Hazard (33) and Victor Moses (80) completed a miserable afternoon for the Premier League Champions.
That is the third heavy defeat the Foxes have suffered this season, with a 4-1 defeat against Manchester United and a heavy loss at Anfield as well.
Foxes In Poor Form
Leicester had gone into the weekend's fixtures in mixed form, having drawn 0-0 against Southampton at home.
They have seemingly prioritised Champions League progression as the benchmark this season, with the Premier League form suffering heavily.
That result leaves them 13th in the Premier League, behind the likes of West Brom and Bournemouth and that will hurt the defending Champions.
European football has been a completely different story though, with two wins from their opening two matches.
Despite their indifferent form in the league the Foxes remain favourites, with home advantage crucial in the Champions League.
They will be looking to register their third successive win of the competition, with two excellent wins against Porto and Club Brugge already.
Along with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Napoli they are the only side to have registered maximum points from their opening two matches.
Ranieri's side remain in the driving seat to top the group and another home win will go a long way to cementing their qualification.
Leicester are 17/20 with Jamie Vardy at 4/1 to open the scoring.
Visitors In Excellent Form
FC Copenhagen travel to the King Power Stadium on the back of a 2-0 win against Silkborg at the weekend.
It's a result that leaves the Danish side top of the Danish Super League, with 29 points from 13 matches.
They have yet to lose a game in the league this season, which is incredible when you consider how many matches they have played.
Copenhagen have extended that unbeaten form into the Champions League as well, with a win and a draw from their opening two matches.
Despite being in a very competitive group the visitors will have targeted progression in this group, despite the presence of some top sides.
They drew their opening game against Porto 1-1, an excellent result given the Portuguese side's record at home.
Copenhagen remain second in the group, having also dispatched Club Brugge by 4-0 in their last match.
Goals from Denswil (53 og), Delaney (64), Santander (69) and Jorgensen (90+2) completing a second half route.
Danish Side Underdogs
FC Copenhagen come into this match as underdogs, they will be looking to register their second win in the Champions League this season.
This will be a tough fixture for the Danish, with Leicester looking formidable in the Champions League but they too will be confident given their excellent opening.
The Danish side will be looking to better their record in England, they have never won on English soil, with a record of two losses and two draws.
FC Copenhagen are 100/30 with Federico Santander and Andreas Cornelius at 7/1 to score first.
Tip 1 – Hernandez to score first @ 4/1 and Bayer Leverkusen to win 2-1 @ 15/2
Tip 2 – Slimani to score first @ 9/2 and Leicester to win 2-0 @ 13/2