Pochettino To Make 5 Changes: Expected Tottenham XI vs Arsenal
Tottenham take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:
Tottenham will be looking to close the gap on Man City with a win when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:
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Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris is back in full training after missing the win over Crystal Palace before the international break with a thigh injury. A late check will be made but the French star is expected to start with Michel Vorm back on the bench after also recovering from a knock.
Defence: Spurs will have to make-do without Toby Alderweireld until Christmas as the centre-back’s hamstring injury is far worse than the club initially thought.
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 started against Palace last time out but I think we’ll see Ben Davies come in on the left with Keiran Trippier also recalled on the right and Serge Aurier making way.
Midfield: With Dier in defence it leaves a void needing to be filled in midfield and Mousa Dembele could be recalled to the starting eleven after declaring himself fit and available for selection.
The Belgian international has endured a frustrating campaign due to a foot problem but came off the bench against Palace and could now be handed a start against Arsenal.
Victor Wanyama remains out with a knee injury but Harry Winks is expected to be fit after returning to training following a minor injury that kept him out of England duty.
Attack: In a further boost for Tottenham, Harry Kane is available despite withdrawing from the England squad with a knee problem so the striker should once again lead the line up front and he’ll be looking to continue his impressive goal-scoring record against the Gunners.
Dele Alli is also back from a hamstring injury that kept him out for the past two weeks so he should join Christian Eriksen in attack with the Dane looking to continue his excellent recent form.
Erik Lamela is edging closer to making his return from a long-term hip injury but it remains to be seen whether he’ll be able to make the squad tomorrow while Heung-min Son should be among the subs.
Here is how I expect Spurs to line-up:
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