Jose Mourinho will be looking to get back to winning ways when his Tottenham Hotspur side travel to Sheffield United this afternoon in the Premier League.
The north London outfit failed to keep hold of a one-goal lead once again earlier in the week as Fulham punished their profligacy, repeating an all too familiar trend which has seen Spurs also drop points against Wolves, Newcastle and Palace.
Now they face a rock-bottom Blades side at Bramall Lane, who come into the game on the back of their first win of the campaign after they defeated Newcastle 1-0 on Tuesday night.
With Spurs facing an eight-day rest following this encounter, we’re likely to see a strong side named, so with that in mind, we’re predicting as many as three changes from midweek.
Here’s our predicted lineup as well as the latest team and injury news…
Mourinho is blessed by the fact that he has a full squad of players to choose from barring, Giovani Lo Celso, who remains on the treatment table for the remainder of January, at least.
There’s one alteration to the backline as Davinson Sanchez is axed for Toby Alderweireld. The £27m-rated Belgian colossus was a surprise exclusion from the starting XI at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday, despite only playing 45 minutes in the Marine cup tie.
Sanchez was caught napping for the goal and whilst Joe Rodon could be considered, it seems likely that the 31-year-old comes back in to add much-needed stability. He’ll partner Eric Dier with Sergio Reguilon, Serge Aurier and Hugo Lloris all remaining.
In midfield, we could see Moussa Sissoko back in his natural central role alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, whilst there’s a big decision to make over Tanguy Ndombele.
He again failed to complete a full 90-minute match – something he’s yet to do in the Premier League this season – and given the short turnaround since midweek, he may not be risked from the off.
There was also a lack of creativity throughout the second half with Spurs managing 41 fewer passes than the visitors, so there could be a shock start for Dele Alli after he impressed up in Liverpool.
It means Harry Winks is also dropped, along with the French midfielder.
Mourinho is also able to welcome back Steven Bergwijn from illness and he’s surely going to come straight back in after Sissoko’s inclusion at right-wing against Fulham.
He’ll get the nod over Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale.
AND in other news, Mourinho must ruthlessly axe £30m Spurs star once slammed as a “disgrace”…