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Tottenham Team News + Predicted Starting XI To Face Besiktas

Tottenham welcome Turkish giants Besiktas to White Hart Lane on Thursday night in their Europa League group C clash. Here’s team news and a predicted team

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Tottenham welcome Turkish giants Besiktas to White Hart Lane on Thursday night in their Europa League group C clash.

Spurs kicked off the campaign with a drab 0-0 draw at Partizan Belgrade two weeks ago so will be keen to get their first three points on the table.

Mauricio Pochettino is expected to make wholesale changes once again as he continues to field vastly different teams in Europe compared to domestic competitions.

Hugo Lloris is likely to be rested with Michel Vorm starting in goal, while Ben Davies should come in at left-back with Danny Rose is a doubt for the game after being forced off during the 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

Eric Dier, Fazio and Vlad Chiriches are also expected to come in to the back four while Nabil Bentaleb could start alongside Mousa Dembele in midfield – although Paulinho and Benjamin Stambouli are also pushing for starts.

Harry Kane has impressed this season so should get a run-out in attack alongside Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend with the likes of Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli given a breather, while Roberto Soldado is expected to lead the line with Emmanuel Adebayor rested.

This is the team we think Pochettino will select:

What do you think of the team? What side would you select?



  1. Steve

    October 1, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    If this team goes out….standby for comprehensive defeat. Don’t underestimate Besiktas. They are proud, they play 90+ to win, they love football, they work for each other. I am retired and live in Turkey….don’t let life long THFC supporters – and missionaries* – down.
    *I have one Turkish, newly converted spurs supporter so far!

  2. Scorpio98

    October 1, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I agree the team is not good enough. Who is going to supply the key passes to the forwards? Poch has a tough decision, but I would play Eriksen in the no 10 role and get a lead and then rest him. I would also play Stamboule instead of Bentalbc keep Townsend on the left and Lennon on the right. Tell the wingers to get crosses in the box early for Soladao. It seems crazy to me we buy a proven goal scorer but never seem to give him the services he needs. Or play Kane from the left and use just one inverted winger. Sadly Lennon’s most effective role in the team is chasing back. What happened to the guy who used to carry the Spurs attack before Bale arrived?

    I would also switch Dier and Chirches. Ba is too strong for Chirches. Also I think Chirches would be better at RB where his skill going forward could be better used.

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