Pochettino To Make 2 Key Changes In 3-4-2-1: Predicted Tottenham XI vs Chelsea
Tottenham welcome defending champions Chelsea to Wembley on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:
Tottenham will look to make a real statement of intent for the new season when they welcome defending champions Chelsea to Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris is certain to continue between the sticks this weekend unless he picks up a late injury.
Defence: Pochettino went with a back four during last weekend’s win at Newcastle but the Spurs boss often switched formation to a back three last season, particularly against the big teams, so I think we’ll see that system deployed on Sunday.
Eric Dier played in midfield at St James’ Park last week but I think the England international will drop back in to defence alongside Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
Youngster Kyle Walker-Peters impressed on his full debut but Kieran Trippier has trained this week and will face a late fitness test tomorrow to determine whether he’ll be fit to return from an ankle injury. Pochettino will no doubt be desperate to have him back so I’m sure he’ll give Trippier every opportunity to prove his fitness to start in the right wing-back role.
Danny Rose continues to recover from a knee ligament injury that he sustained last season so Ben Davies will continue on the left.
Midfield: With Dier dropping back in to defence, Victor Wanyama will be free to return to the starting eleven after making his injury comeback off the bench against Newcastle. Mousa Dembele should keep his place in the middle of the park.
Attack: Heung-min Son also made his comeback from a broken arm last weekend but I think we’ll see the South Korean international remain among the substitutes this weekend.
Moussa Sissoko is the man most likely to make way due to the formation switch as Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are certain to keep their places in attack.
Harry Kane will be looking to open his account for the season after drawing a blank at St James’ Park while Erik Lamela continues to miss out as he works his way back to full fitness.
Here is how I think Spurs will line-up:
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