Pochettino To 2 Make Changes: Predicted Tottenham Line-Up vs Stoke

By on February 24, 2017

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Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to bounce back from their Europa League disappointment when they host Stoke City on Sunday afternoon.

The Spurs boss is unlikely to tinker too much from the side that crashed out to Genk on Thursday night as the north Londoners did dominate the game and could have scored a hat-full of goals on another day.

Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris is expected to once again keep his place between the sticks as he’s arguably one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. Michel Vorm will therefore remain on the bench.

Defence: Danny Rose isn’t expected to return from his knee injury for a number of weeks so Ben Davies will continue at left-back and we could see Pochettino reverting to a flat back four this weekend.

That could see Eric Dier miss out as Jan Vertonghen is back to full fitness after recovering from an ankle injury and he’s likely to keep his place alongside compatriot Toby Alderweireld.

However, we might see the Spurs boss freshen things up with Kyle Walker given a rest and Kieran Trippier coming in at right-back.

Midfield: Harry Winks is pushing for a recall after putting in an excellent display during the FA Cup win at Fulham last weekend but I don’t see Pochettino dropping either Mousa Dembele or Victor Wanyama so expect them to keep their places in the middle of the park on Sunday.

Attack: The slight change in formation could open the door for Hueng-min Son to make a return to the starting eleven after he was left out against Genk on Thursday night.

Dele Alli was sent off for an x-rated tackle against the Belgian outfit but he’s available to play in domestic games. Pochettino could be tempted to take the youngster out of the firing line but he’s such an important player for Spurs so I think we’ll see Alli retain his place.

Christian Eriksen should also start and he’ll be looking to build on his goal last night while Harry Kane is almost certain to lead the line up front with the likes of Vincent Janssen on the bench.

Here is how I think we’ll see Spurs line-up:

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