Tottenham Hotspur will make the short trip to the Emirates Stadium for the 132nd North London derby as Jose Mourinho’s side look to get back into top-four contention.
The Lilywhites have an impressive recent record against Arsenal, avoiding defeat in the last five meetings, whilst they have also picked up five straight victories in all competitions in the lead up to this exciting encounter.
On Thursday night, Mourinho named a pretty strong side for their Europa League Round of 16 first-leg clash with Dinamo Zagreb, so it will be interesting to see what sort of lineup he’ll select this afternoon.
Here’s the XI we’re predicting along with the latest team and injury news from the Spurs camp…
We’re expecting there to be as many as four changes from the side that won 2-0 on Thursday night.
Club captain and no.1 Hugo Lloris is likely to remain between the sticks once again, though he should anticipate a similar back four to their last league outing – a 4-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace.
That means Sergio Reguilon and Toby Alderweireld come back in to replace Ben Davies and the £26m-rated Eric Dier on the left-hand side of the defence with Davinson Sanchez and Serge Aurier keeping their places from midweek, too.
Midfield enforcer Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg should also return, having been one of the few to earn a rest and he’ll partner Tanguy Ndombele once again at the base of the engine room.
It means the £90k-per-week Moussa Sissoko is also axed.
There’s a decision to be made for that advanced role, however. Dele Alli started there on Thursday, and Lucas Moura started there last weekend, though we could see the livewire Erik Lamela deployed there instead.
His energy and work-rate could be exactly what’s needed to disrupt Spurs’ arch-rivals today.
Gareth Bale was another who was rested against Zagreb, so he will surely return to the starting XI here, replacing Alli, with Heung-min Son and Harry Kane keeping their place as both surprisingly started the midweek victory.
Only Giovani Lo Celso is expected to miss the trip through injury.
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