Tottenham Hotspur will be taking the FA Cup seriously despite being handed a favourable tie in their third-round opener as they head to eighth-tier Marine later this evening.
Jose Mourinho has already confirmed that it’ll be his senior squad travelling with the exception of one U18 player, who will make the 20-man unit for the trip.
Although, we’re still expecting there to be vast changes given the number of fixtures the north London outfit have and will play in the coming weeks.
In midweek, Spurs advanced into the Carabao Cup final by defeating Championship outfit Brentford, and they’ll be looking to build on that with a result in Liverpool tonight.
Here’s the lineup we think Mourinho will select for this encounter…
Indeed, we could see an entirely new-look XI at the Rossett Park.
The 23-year-old may partner Japhet Tanganga, who has only featured in the Europa League this term. It means Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld are rested.
Ben Davies and Matt Doherty may well replace Sergio Reguilon and Serge Aurier at full-back too.
Mourinho confirmed to reporters that both Jack Clarke and Harvey White are considered part of the first-team, so they could both be granted an opportunity to impress their manager with an outing.
The 19-year-old could sit next to Harry Winks in the middle with the former Leeds winger taking a place on the left flank.
There may even be a recall for Dele Alli, who has become something of a forgotten man at Spurs this season. The 24-year-old has played only 407 minutes in all competitions and did not feature against the Bees on Tuesday.
We could also see Gareth Bale’s return on the right after Mourinho claimed he had requested to feature following a spell on the treatment table. That means there is no place for Steven Bergwijn or Lucas Moura.
It would be a surprise to see Heung-min Son and Harry Kane be involved, so Carlos Vinicius is expected to be handed a rare run-out upfront, whilst Dane Scarlett could be the unnamed U18 gem involved – perhaps he gets to feature from the bench.
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