Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to make it two wins in two as they head down the road to face Fulham at Craven Cottage this evening.
Jose Mourinho’s side have lost five of their last seven matches in the Premier League but looked back to their best as they romped to a 4-0 victory over Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
It now gives the Portuguese boss plenty to consider as this will be their third game in the past seven days and by this time next week, it’ll be five games in 14 days thanks to their Europa League last 16 encounter with Zagreb.
He may well want to rest some of his key players as he faces a relegation-threatened Cottagers side.
So, with everything in mind, this is the starting XI we’re predicting tonight…
There could only be three changes from the weekend, which includes a surprise return for one man.
Between the sticks, club captain Hugo Lloris should remain but we’re expecting to see 32-year-old Toby Alderweireld rested, having started their last two matches in all competitions.
The £18m-rated stalwart is replaced by Eric Dier, while Serge Aurier may not be risked after only just returning from injury. He was withdrawn early in the win over Burnley – likely as a precaution – so we could see Matt Doherty start this one.
A partnership between Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele has been struck up in midfield in recent weeks, and that should continue – it’s the perfect mix of defensive strength and attacking flair.
After Gareth Bale’s recent masterclass – providing two goals and one assist – the Welshman should remain in the starting XI, though he could be joined by Dele Alli, who finally earns a start – just his second in the Premier League all season.
The 24-year-old scored one goal and assisted two against Wolfsberger AC last week, but still found himself on the bench at the weekend. He now must be given a fair crack and could come in for Lucas Moura in the no.10 role, as a result.
Moura, valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt and dubbed a “nightmare” in training by Dier, will feel aggrieved having also found the net in the rout over Burnley, but Alli has earned his opportunity and someone has to make way for the change.
Bale and Alli will then join Heung-min Son and Harry Kane in a mouth-watering front four for the very first time this season.