Key Man Returns As Poch Makes 4 Changes | Expected Tottenham XI vs Crystal Palace

By on November 9, 2018

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Tottenham will look to put the pressure on the league leaders with a win when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening. Here is the side we think the Tottenham boss will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris missed the comeback win over PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night due to suspension. Paulo Gazzaniga did very well in his absence and there are calls for him to keep the first team jersey but I think it’s likely that Pochettino will recall Lloris on Saturday.

Defence: We should see at least one change in defence with Kieran Trippier getting a recall at right-back meaning Serge Aurier will drop to the bench while Juan Foyth is pushing for a recall as he’s impressed recently.

The South American was ineligible in midweek, however, I think Pochettino will stick with Davinson Sanchez alongside Toby Alderweireld while Ben Davies should continue at left-back in the prolonged absence of Danny Rose – who’s still nursing a groin injury. Jan Vertonghen remains out with a long-term hamstring injury.

Midfield: Tottenham confirmed a huge blow yesterday with the news that Mousa Dembele has been ruled out until the New Year after damaging ankle ligaments during the 3-2 victory over Wolves last weekend.

However, there was better news regarding Eric Dier as he’s back in contention after recovering from a thigh injury that’s kept him out of the last two matches while Victor Wanyama is also available again having overcome a niggling knee problem.

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Moussa Sissoko is pushing for a recall but I think we’ll see Harry Winks keep his place in the middle of the park on Saturday with Dier given the nod to partner him in the middle of the park.

Attack: Harry Kane came to Tottenham’s rescue once again on Tuesday night as he scored a late brace to secure a much-needed win over PSV in the Champions League and obviously he’ll continue to lead the line up front once again.

Dele Alli came through the PSV game unscathed so he could keep his place in attack – although Pochettino may be cautious with him as he’s only recently returned from a niggling hamstring injury.

Christian Eriksen is likely to retain his place in midfield but we could see Erik Lamela coming back in to the attack after he was named on the bench against PSV. That would see both Hueng-min Son and Lucas Moura dropping to the bench but they’d be excellent options for Pochettino if he needs them.

Here is how I expect Spurs to line-up:

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