Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to put a dent in the Premier League title ambitions of arch-rivals Arsenal when the two sides go head-to-head in this afternoon’s north London derby.
We’re certainly set for an exciting and tense encounter with plenty at stake for both teams and Lilywhites boss Antonio Conte will welcome the fact that his injury troubles are somewhat easing.
It does give him a big selection headache, however, so it will be interesting to see what sort of lineup he names come kickoff.
Here’s what we are predicting…
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The 53-year-old suggested that Dejan Kulusevski would earn an instant recall to the side after he returned from a frustrating stint on the sidelines.
Although it seems unlikely that either Rodrigo Bentancur or Richarlison start. Despite also being involved in training post-injury, they haven’t played for nearly six weeks. Both are certainly big decisions to make as the pair of them are capable of making a big difference in a game of his magnitude.
Club captain Hugo Lloris is set to continue as regular no.1 after Fraser Forster deputised in the FA Cup, whilst the back three in front of him could see Clement Lenglet preferred over Ben Davies, with Eric Dier and Cristian Romero partnering the Frenchman, meaning Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga are dropped.
Meanwhile, in the engine room, there could be returns for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Yves Bissouma, who was set to start against Portsmouth last time out but picked up an injury during the warm-up. They’ll replace Pape Matar Sarr and Oliver Skipp, with the aforementioned Uruguayan machine taking a place on the bench.
Kulusevski then partners Heung-min Son and Harry Kane in the attack over the £83k-per-week “lightweight” Bryan Gil – as once dubbed by youth coach Harry Brooks – with Ivan Perisic and Matt Doherty taking up their usual places on the flanks.
A call that sees both Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson Royal drop to the bench, alongside his Brazilian compatriot, the returning Richarlison, in the ninth and final change.
Predicted Spurs XI (3-4-3): Lloris; Lenglet, Dier, Romero; Perisic, Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Doherty; Son, Kulusevski, Kane
AND in other news, Conte must bin Spurs’ £26m “complete liability” today, he’d get terrorised by Arsenal…
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