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Tottenham’s predicted XI to face Colchester

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Tottenham Hotspur will look to bounce back from a disappointing week when they face Colchester United in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Spurs surrendered leads against Olympiacos and Leicester City in the last seven days to end up with just a point to show for their efforts, and manager Mauricio Pochettino will want to see a big improvement on the road in Essex following successive sub-standard performances on their travels.

The Argentine manager has the chance to rotate his squad given they are coming up against League Two opposition, and we expect him to take full advantage of the opportunity.

Here is our predicted Tottenham XI to face the U’s…

Paulo Gazzaniga deputised for Hugo Lloris against the Foxes at the weekend following the birth of his baby, and we expect him to do the same against Colchester.

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There may well be a completely new defence from the one beaten at the King Power Stadium too, with Ben Davies, Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters coming in, as well as a full Tottenham debut for Japhet Tanganga, with Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Serge Aurier all dropping out.

In midfield, Pochettino has reportedly already decided that Eric Dier is going to make his first appearance of the season, and we expect Oliver Skipp to be given an opportunity alongside him at the base of the midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Ahead of them, Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Dele Alli take up the three attacking midfield positions, and it is a big opportunity for the latter – rated at £81m by Transfermarkt – to find some form and really get his season kick-started following injury troubles.

Last but by no means least, there is another debut up top for Troy Parrott, who fully deserves his chance in the starting XI.

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