4-3-3: Pochettino To Make 4 Changes | Expected Tottenham XI vs Man City

By on December 14, 2017

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Tottenham will look to boost their top four hopes and also keep the title race alive when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday evening.

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

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris will once again lead Tottenham out this weekend and he could be in for a busy day so Pochettino will hope his No.1 is on top form.

Defence: Davinson Sanchez will serve the final game of his three-match ban following his sending off against Watford earlier this month so Eric Dier is expected to continue in defence.

Toby Alderweireld has been ruled out until February following a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury so Pochettino is expected to stick with a back four with Jan Vertonghen alongside Dier.

I think we’ll see Pochettino rotating his full-backs once again with Ben Davies coming in for Danny Rose on the left side while Kieran Trippier should replace Serge Aurier at right-back despite the Ivorian scoring his first, albeit fortunate, goal last night.

Midfield: Victor Wanyama returned to light training earlier this week but he’s still lacking match fitness so it’s highly unlikely he’ll be deemed fit enough to return to the starting eleven just yet.

Harry Winks should therefore keep his place in midfield while Mousa Dembele is likely to be recalled after being named on the bench against Brighton on Wednesday night with Moussa Sissoko the man to make way.

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Pochettino has been playing a 4-3-3 formation lately with Christian Eriksen deployed in a deeper playmaker role so we could see this set-up on show once again this weekend.

Attack: Erik Lamela made his first start in over a year in midweek but the Argentinean international is expected to drop out at City with Dele Alli recalled to the starting eleven after being rested last night.

Heung-Min Son continued his fine form in front of goal with another strike against Brighton so he could keep his place and join Alli in supporting Harry Kane through the middle.

Here is how I expect Spurs to line-up:


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