4-2-3-1: Pochettino To Make 8 Changes | Expected Tottenham XI vs Stoke

By on December 7, 2017

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Tottenham will look to get their Premier League campaign back on track with a win when they take on Stoke at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

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

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris is set for a recall after being rested for the Champions League win over APOEL so Michel Vorm should drop to the bench.

Defence: Spurs will be without Davinson Sanchez as he’ll start a three-game domestic ban following his controversial sending off against Watford last weekend.

With Toby Alderweireld also still out with a hamstring injury Pochettino may be forced to play a back four with Eric Dier dropping in alongside the returning Jan Vertonghen. Juan Foyth was impressive last time out but I think the youngster will drop to the bench.

Danny Rose was back in the starting eleven against APOEL in midweek but I think we’ll see him drop out with Ben Davies coming back in on the left side.

Serge Aurier started in the right wing-back position on Wednesday night but again I can see Pochettino rotating his full-backs with Kieran Trippier being recalled.

Midfield: With Dier in defence and Victor Wanyama still nursing a knee injury we could see Harry Winks keep his place in the middle of the park.

Mousa Dembele was named on the bench in the Champions League so the Belgian international should get a recall in midfield this weekend with Moussa Sissoko dropping out.

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Attack: Harry Kane was among those to be given the night off in Europe so the England international is almost certain to come back in to the starting eleven on Saturday with Fernando Llorente making way despite scoring his first goal for the club last night.

Christian Eriksen was also given a breather in midweek so the Danish international will get a recall in attack while Dele Alli should keep his place after starting against APOEL.

Heung-min Son scored a superb goal last night so the South Korean international could be given another chance in attack while Erik Lamela could be among the substitutes.

Here is how I expect Spurs to line-up:

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One Comment

  1. HotspurForever

    December 7, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Dembele should drop back behind the half way line and just play in front of the 2 centrebacks so as to cover Dier just in case the attacks break down. Because I just don’t trust Dier in that right CB position. If I am Poch, I will play Juan Foyth in that position, then Dier will just push up to midfield and support the 2 CB. I will either have to sacrify Son or Winks on the bench and see how the game turns out in the first half.

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