Pochettino Make 1 Key Change: Predicted Tottenham Starting XI vs Chelsea

By on April 20, 2017

Tottenham will be aiming to book their place in the FA Cup final when they take on Chelsea at Wembley in the last four on Saturday evening.

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

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm isn’t expected to return to full training until next month and the Dutch keeper may not even play again this season as he continues to recover from a knee injury so Hugo Lloris will continue between the sticks this weekend.

Defence: Pochettino has been playing with a flat back four recently but he’s likely to switch to his preferred back three on Saturday to match Chelsea’s formation. That would see Eric Dier moving back alongside Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in defence having played in midfield in the last two games.

Midfield: With Dier slotting back in to defence, Victor Wanyama can be restored in midfield after being on the bench for the last two games and the Kenyan international is likely to partner Moussa Dembele.

Danny Rose is set to return to full training next week but he’s still unavailable following a knee ligament injury so Ben Davies will continue on the left while Kyle Walker is expected to keep his place ahead of Kieran Trippier on the right.

Attack: Harry Kane returned to the starting eleven with a goal during the win over Bournemouth last weekend so the England international should once again lead the line up front.

Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have been outstanding in the advanced attacking roles behind Kane this season so I fully expect them to retain their places against Chelsea.

That means Hueng-min Son is the man most likely to make way if Pochettino does revert to his 3-4-3 formation and the South Korean will feel unfortunate if he is benched as he’s been excellent in recent weeks.

Here is how I think Spurs will line-up:

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