Jose Mourinho faces several selection dilemmas as his Tottenham Hotspur side welcome his former club, and local rivals, Chelsea to N17 this evening.
Spurs have slipped in terms of form over the last seven days, recording back-to-back losses and that has seen them drop to seventh in the Premier League standings.
A win for the visitors at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would see them leapfrog Spurs too, so there is plenty at stake tonight.
Harry Kane won’t be rushed back, which is cause for concern as only Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s wonder strike has meant that Spurs didn’t go two games without scoring.
So how will they lineup this evening? Here’s our predicted XI as well as the latest team and injury news…
Spurs are set to be without Kane, Sergio Reguilon, Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso, according to the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick.
Mourinho’s three-at-the-back ploy lasted just 45 minutes on the south coast, so it would be a surprise to see him revert back to it. Therefore, we may well see Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld axed in favour of an Eric Dier and Joe Rodon partnership.
Dubbed “the general” by Spurs legend Gary Mabbutt and a “good leader” by Gary Neville, the £26m-rated Dier was surprisingly axed for the Seagulls defeat after starting Spurs’ previous 14 league games. He should come straight back in.
Whilst on the flanks, Ben Davies will surely continue in the absence of Reguilon, but there’s a decision to make on the right. Serge Aurier wasn’t involved whatsoever after he reportedly left at half-time against Liverpool, so we could see Matt Doherty given the nod.
In midfield, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could reignite a partnership with Harry Winks, which would allow Tanguy Ndombele to be deployed in a more advanced role. This would see Moussa Sissoko axed.
Gareth Bale is another who is facing the chop tonight. He failed to make much of an impact at Brighton, starting only his second Premier League match since he made his sensational return to the club.
Instead, Mourinho is surely likely to turn to back-up Carlos Vinicius as he’s the only true replacement for Kane. It would allow Steven Bergwijn and Heung-min Son to play their natural wing positions.
That would make it a total of four changes.