Key man returns as Poch makes 5 changes | Expected Tottenham line-up vs Bournemouth
Tottenham take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday lunchtime. Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:
Tottenham will be looking for a win to secure a top four place when they take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday lunchtime. Here is the side we think Mauricio Pochettino will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: I don’t think there can be too much debate over who’ll start in goal as Hugo Lloris is almost certain to retain his place with Paolo Gazzaniga once again having to settle for a place on the bench.
Defence: Tottenham are continuing to assess Jan Vertonghen after he received a nasty head injury during the Champions League defeat to Ajax on Tuesday night but it seems highly unlikely the Belgian international will be risked this weekend. Pochettino could deploy a back four with Davinson Sanchez starting alongside Toby Alderweireld meaning Juan Foyth may have to make-do with a place on the bench.
Spurs may decide to give Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose a breather ahead of the second leg at Ajax so Ben Davies should start at left-back while Kyle Walker Peters could make a rare appearance at right-back with Serge Aurier still out with a hamstring injury.
Midfield: Moussa Sissoko was only named on the bench in midweek due to a minor groin injury but the Frenchman made a huge impact off the bench so I think we’ll see him recalled to the starting eleven against Bournemouth.
However, Harry Winks is out after having surgery on a troublesome groin injury and Victor Wanyama may drop to the bench with Eric Dier pushing for a recall in the middle of the park after being named on the bench last time out.
Christian Eriksen is expected to keep his place in the Spurs starting eleven and the Danish international could be deployed in a slighter deeper role if Pochettino goes with a diamond in midfield.
Attack: Tottenham will welcome Hueng-min Son back into the squad after he missed the Champions League semi-final through suspension and the South Korean international is expected to be given an immediate recall in attack.
Depending on what formation Poch settles on, Son could start up front with Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard is likely to be recalled with Lucas Moura given a breather ahead of the Ajax game.
Harry Kane has been stepping-up his rehabilitation from an ankle ligament injury but this game will come too soon for the England super-star so Vincent Janssen could be set for a place on the bench this weekend.
Erik Lamela remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury so Spurs don’t have too many experienced attackers available in reserve.
Here is how I expect Spurs to line-up:
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