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Key Man Returns As Pochettino Makes 5 Changes | Expected Tottenham XI vs Chelsea

This weekend’s big game sees Tottenham entertain Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday evening. Here is the side we think Pochettino will select for the game:

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This weekend’s big game sees Tottenham entertain Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday evening. Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris is certain to keep his place between the sticks this weekend with the experienced Frenchman expected to play a key role against Chelsea. Paulo Gazzaniga has impressed when called upon this season and he’s set to keep his place on the bench ahead of Michel Vorm.

Defence: Tottenham have been handed a major injury boost with Jan Vertonghen returning to full training during the international break after recovering from a hamstring injury. The Belgian international will be given a late test but he should be in contention to start tomorrow evening.

Vertonghen’s return is well-timed as Davinson Sanchez has been ruled out with his own hamstring injury so we should see Jan line-up alongside compatriot Toby Alderweireld at Wembley. Juan Foyth will provide back-up from the bench.

We’ll also see a change at right-back as Kieran Trippier has been ruled out with a groin injury that he sustained against Crystal Palace before the international break so Serge Aurier will come in. Danny Rose could be available again next week but for now he remains out so Ben Davies will continue at left-back.

Midfield: Tottenham will have to make do without Mousa Dembele as he’s been ruled out until the New Year after damaging ankle ligaments during the 3-2 victory over Wolves earlier this month.


Moussa Sissoko was in good form before the international break but we could see Harry Winks and Eric Dier given recalls in the middle of the park with Victor Wanyama also making way.

Attack: Dele Alli is expected to keep his place in the attacking midfield role while Christian Eriksen is likely to be recalled to the starting eleven after only playing 45 minutes for Denmark on Monday night so he’ll be fresh.

Erik Lamela only returned from international duty with Argentina on Friday so he’s unlikely to be passed fit to start while Hueng-min Son may be kept fresh for next weeks Champions League clash with Inter Milan.

Therefore, Lucas Moura may be the man to start in attack and support Harry Kane with the striker certain to lead the line up front once again following his Nations League heroics with England.

Here is how I expect Spurs to line-up:

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Tottenham head in to the weekend action sitting fourth in the Premier League table but a win would see them climb above Chelsea in to third and you can back the Lillywhites at odds of 7/4.

Spurs and Chelsea have plenty of attacking threat so we should see lots of goal mouth action tomorrow and you can back Both Teams To Score at odds of 8/13.

Although Tottenham will always fancy their chances at ‘home’, Chelsea remain unbeaten in the league this season and have an excellent record against Spurs, so BTTS and the draw looks tempting at odds of 10/3.

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