Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to end a run of three straight defeats in the Premier League when they welcome relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion to north London this lunchtime.
Jose Mourinho has seen his side slip to ninth in the table following their recent run of disappointing form and will be wanting to see a reaction against the Baggies today.
He’ll still be without leading talisman Harry Kane, so what sort of side could we see lineup at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
Here’s the XI we’re predicting as well as the latest team and injury news…
In the absence of the Englishman, Mourinho will have to decide whether or not to trust back-up striker Carlos Vinicius upfront again and his post-game comments after defeat to Chelsea could provide the answer.
“Vinicius, for example, is a player that has incredible spirit but his understanding of how to press, the positions on the pressing are not something that he’s still comfortable with so it was difficult, yes, but no chances,” he told BT Sport, via the Metro.
Instead, we may see Heung-min Son pushed into the sole striker role with Gareth Bale coming back into the starting XI having not featured at all against the Blues.
We could also see Lucas Moura given a rare start in attack as Steven Bergwijn’s goalless run continues to rumble on. He last scored for Spurs in June 2020.
In the number ten role, Tanguy Ndombele is likely to continue but Mourinho may look to rotate his other midfield options with Harry Winks taking the place of axed Frenchman, Moussa Sissoko.
The Englishman would then partner Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg at the base of the three-man engine room.
A fourth and final change could come defensively as once again, Spurs failed to keep out the opposition and whilst it was Eric Dier who conceded the penalty in midweek, we may instead witness Toby Alderweireld being dropped for what would be the fifth time in eight league outings.
In would come Joe Rodon to replace the £18m-rated Belgian and to partner Dier with both Serge Aurier and Ben Davies continuing on the flanks, all in front of club captain Hugo Lloris.
AND in other news, Forget Dier: £18m-rated calamity shockingly let Spurs down in Chelsea defeat…