Pochettino To Make 4 Changes: Expected Tottenham XI vs Crystal Palace
Tottenham entertain Crystal Palace at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:
Tottenham will be looking to close the gap on the top two with a win when they entertain Crystal Palace at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris has been ruled out after picking up a thigh injury during Wednesday night’s stunning win over Real Madrid. The goalkeeper is expected to be out for around two weeks so Michel Vorm will come in this weekend.
Defence: In a double blow for Spurs, Toby Alderweireld has also been sidelined after being forced off in the first half against Madrid with a hamstring injury.
Eric Dier is expected to drop in to the back three alongside Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen with youngster Juan Foyth offering back-up on the bench.
Danny Rose is pushing for a recall as he looks to build up his match fitness having recently returned from a serious knee injury so Ben Davies may make way this weekend.
Kieran Trippier was excellent in midweek but I think we’ll see Serge Aurier getting a recall in the right wing-back position on Sunday afternoon.
Midfield: Mousa Dembele was only on the bench against Madrid so he could get a recall in midfield with Dier moving back to the defence.
Harry Winks put in another outstanding performance on Wednesday night and was rewarded with another call-up to the England squad so I expect he’ll keep his place.
Victor Wanyama is still still out with a knee injury that’s kept him sidelined for several weeks.
Attack: Harry Kane showed no reaction to the hamstring injury that hampered him in the build-up to the Madrid game and Pochettino suggests there is no reason why he shouldn’t start again on Sunday.
The Spurs boss may be tempted to give his star striker a rest but they desperately need three points to close the gap on the top so I think Kane will start with Fernando Llorente once again on the bench.
Dele Alli returned to form with a stunning brace in midweek so he should keep his place in attack while Christian Eriksen is also expected to line-up alongside the England international following his goal-scoring display against Madrid.
Erik Lamela is edging closer to making his return from a long-term hip injury but Pochettino says the Argentinean international won’t be available until after the international break.
Here is how I expect Spurs to line-up:
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