3-4-2-1: Pochettino To Make 4 Changes | Expected Tottenham XI vs Watford

By on November 30, 2017

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Tottenham will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

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

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris is certain to retain his place between the sticks and captain the side so Michel Vorm will remain on the bench.

Defence: Pochettino must continue to make-do without Toby Alderweireld as he’s still recovering from a hamstring injury. The Belgian international isn’t expected back in contention until after Christmas and his absence is certainly being felt by Spurs.

Jan Vertonghen will obviously keep his place in the team while Davinson Sanchez will also continue at the back following a hugely impressive start to life in England while I think we’ll see Eric Dier deployed in a back three.

Danny Rose was recalled in midweek against Leicester but Pochettino is still concerned about his ability to play twice in a matter of days so I expect Ben Davies will return this weekend.

I think Serge Aurier will also drop out with Kieran Tripper being recalled in the right wing-back position.

Midfield: Harry Winks missed the trip to the King Power on Tuesday night due to illness but the midfielder is back in contention so I expect he’ll get an immediate recall in the middle of the park.

Moussa Sissoko is likely to make way while we could see Mousa Dembele also drop to the bench after a run out in midweek leaving a void to be filled in midfield.

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Victor Wanyama remains unavailable due to a long-term knee injury so we could see Christian Eriksen deployed in a deeper role. Pochettino has admitted that Eriksen may be mentally jaded but this is a must-win game so I expect the Dane will retain his place.

Attack: If Eriksen plays in midfield then Heung-min Son could get a recall in attack after being named among the substitutes at the King Power on Tuesday night.

Dele Alli wasn’t at his best against Leicester but the England international should still keep his place while Harry Kane will once again lead the line up front after getting himself on the score-sheet against the Foxes.

Erik Lamela made his long-awaited comeback off the bench in midweek so he’ll be hoping to get more minutes under his belt against Watford this weekend.

Here is how I expect Spurs to line-up:

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2 Comments

  1. Marco0B1

    November 30, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I get frustrated with Poch’s continual lack of versatility when it comes to formation. Since impressing with a back 3, we never seem to change it. Gone are the days of switching up formation mid-game or even starting a game in the 4-2-3-1 we historically were so strong in. In my opinion we’d be much stronger having Jan and Davinson as the two CB’s, and having a back 4 along with LB and RB choices. This frees up Dier in a CDM position, to which I think he’s much stronger in. Now we can utilize Winks/Dembele along side Dier and have a 3 strong AM of Dele, Kreiksen and Son with good old Kane up front.. This makes more sense than playing a back 3 and using Sissoko in CM. Poch used to be quite cunning with his formation changes, but since having success with a back three he never seems to change this, which in my opinion is partly to blame for our streak of underwhelming perfomrances.

    • papiilon

      November 30, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Rubbish, Marco. Do you actually watch the games? Pochettino often switches from a back 3 to a back 4 during a game. He did it against West Brom on Saturday when we went behind and he did it again on Tuesday when we went behind to Leicester. Both times Dier went from the back 3 into midfield. Wakey, wakey, Marco!

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