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Preview: Spurs vs Royal Antwerp – predicted lineup, latest team and injury news

Tottenham Hotspur may have already qualified for the Europa League knockout stages but they welcome Belgian outfit Royal Antwerp to north London in a battle for the top spot.

The visitors are two points clear of Jose Mourinho’s men and are the only side to have beaten the Premier League giants in the competition this season.

Will Spurs win Group J tonight?

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They’ll be out for revenge knowing that first place in Group J is likely to hand them a favourable tie, though they come into it on the back of an impressive and tireless victory over arch-rivals, Arsenal on Sunday.

Therefore, we’re expecting several changes and given the strength in depth at the Portuguese’s disposal, it could well be wholesale so here’s our predicted XI…

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Mourinho could name an entirely new starting lineup from the side that defeated the Gunners.

Starting in goal, we might see back-up shot-stopper Joe Hart take the place of skipper Hugo Lloris whilst the central defensive pairing of Japhet Tanganga and Davinson Sanchez looks set to continue in Europe for a third successive outing.

One player who definitely won’t be featuring is Serge Aurier. He picked up a niggle ahead of the north London derby, but still managed to play the full 90 though his unavailability may hand an opportunity to Matt Doherty whilst Ben Davies takes over from Sergio Reguilon.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is another who will be handed a rest having started all 11 league games this term, which means Harry Winks could be given a rare start alongside U21 starlet Harvey White. The 19-year-old has played eight minutes against Ludogorets a few weeks ago.

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Tanguy Ndombele should come back into the starting XI after being absent for the Arsenal win and he’s preferred to Dele Alli in the no.10 role.

Whilst in attack, Gareth Bale and Carlos Vinicius should replace the prolific exploits of Heung-min Son and Harry Kane, who quite rightly need a break from match action.

There may even be a start for Jack Clarke, who has only played 26 senior minutes this term. According to ESPN, the club’s staff “think very highly” of the 20-year-old, so it’s only right he’s given a fair crack.

AND in other news, Spurs could find their own Timo Werner in “stone-cold finisher”…

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