Tottenham Hotspur are back. The Premier League returns.
Whilst many are still catching up with Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ series on the north London outfit, the proper action gets back underway this afternoon.
Jose Mourinho’s side kickstart the 2020/21 campaign with a home game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against a rejuvenated Everton side bolstered by signings aplenty.
But what sort of lineup will the Portuguese boss select today? Here’s what we are predicting…
As expected, skipper Hugo Lloris starts between the sticks as the first-choice goalkeeper but there’s a new face amongst the back four that heralds his net.
Matt Doherty will be handed a debut after securing a £15m move from Wolves earlier in the transfer window. He replaces Serge Aurier in the lineup. Whilst on the other side, Ben Davies is preferred.
After the loss of Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier is expected to step up his claims as Spurs’ new centre-back and he’s likely to partner Toby Alderweireld, meaning there’s no place for £43.2m-rated Davinson Sanchez.
Another debut is handed to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg at the base of a three-man midfield. He was also signed for £15m but from fellow rivals Southampton.
Moussa Sissoko could well get the nod over Harry Winks as he offers more of a mobile threat in either box with Dele Alli taking up a spot in the number ten role.
It’s thought that Giovani Lo Celso will miss the game through injury whilst Tanguy Ndombele isn’t trusted to start by Mourinho.
Out wide, Steven Bergwijn could be selected over Ajax hero, the £28.8m-rated Lucas Moura with Heung-min Son being named on the other flank.
Harry Kane, who is still yet to have a viable backup, will lead the line in attack.
It means there’s no place for Erik Lamela, Ryan Sessegnon, Japhet Tanganga or Gedson Fernandes either.