Antonio Conte’s side were defeated 2-0 by Aston Villa on New Year’s Day, a result that moved the north London outfit five points adrift of fourth place.
It was also the tenth successive game in which the Lilywhites went behind first, a worrying trend that must be thwarted if they are to transform their fortunes on the pitch.
As such, it will be interesting to see what sort of side the Italian will name, with doubts over the fitness of Dejan Kulusevski.
Here’s what we are predicting…
There could be as many as three changes from the side that tasted defeat a few days ago.
Despite his howler, veteran club captain Hugo Lloris should remain between the sticks, though we could see Eric Dier return to the back three after he was surprisingly dropped from the lineup last time out.
He’ll replace “beast of a player” Ben Davies – in the words of Bundesliga statistician Ben Griffi, which would mean Clement Lenglet shifting to the left and Cristian Romero sticking to the right.
Meanwhile at wing-back, Matt Doherty keeps his place over Emerson Royal but Ryan Sessegnon could start on the other flank, with Ivan Perisic likely to join Heung-min Son and Harry Kane in the attack due to Kulusevski only being rated at ’50/50′ to play.
Yves Bissouma picked up his fifth yellow card of the season, so he’s suspended and with Rodrigo Bentancur still absent through injury, it’ll either be Oliver Skipp or Pape Matar Sarr taking his place alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
It could well be the latter, who Fabrizio Romano once described as a “fantastic talent“, after the 20-year-old took to the pitch before the Hotspur Way academy graduate against Villa.