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Pochettino To Make 8 Changes: Predicted Tottenham Line-Up vs Aston Villa
Tottenham will be looking to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup when they take on Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.
Here is the team we think Mauricio Pochettino will select:
Goalkeeper: The Spurs boss has confirmed he’ll freshen things up and give some of his key men a breather following the festive period so Hugo Lloris could make way with Michel Vorm given a rare start in goal.
Defence: With changes expected throughout the team, Pochettino may opt to revert to a flat back four with Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies coming in for Danny Rose and Kyle Walker in the full-back positions.
Kevin Wimmer should get another run-out in the middle of defence but Pochettino may decide to start one of his regulars alongside the Austrian international. Toby Alderweireld has only recently returned from injury so hasn’t played too much football, therefore, he may get the nod with Jan Vertonghen rested.
Midfield: Victor Wanyama was excellent during the 2-0 win over Chelsea in midweek so he’s expected to be given a well earned rest while Mousa Dembele may also be protected having only recently recovered from a niggling foot injury.
Eric Dier may move in to the holding midfield role from defence with youngster Harry Winks given another chance to impress in midfield.
Attack: Dele Alli was the hero on Wednesday night but the youngster may be given a rest with Heung-min Son and Moussa Sissoko pushing for recalls in attack. Erik Lamela remains unavailable as he’s flow to Rome to undergo the final stages of his rehabilitation with his former club.
Pochettino has confirmed that he won’t change his entire starting eleven so Christian Eriksen could keep his place but I’d be surprise if the Spurs boss doesn’t take this opportunity to rest Harry Kane which could give Vincent Janssen a rare start up front.
Here is how I think we’ll see Spurs line-up: