Tottenham Hotspur will surely welcome back several key stars as they return to Premier League action against Fulham this evening.
Jose Mourinho’s side advanced into the next round of the FA Cup with a 5-0 thrashing of non-league minnows Marine on Sunday night and now they host the struggling Cottagers in a rearranged tie from December 30th.
The call to play the game was made only 48 hours ago as there are still a concerning number of coronavirus cases in Aston Villa’s camp, the team they were supposed to face tonight.
Spurs saw many usual starters rested just a few days ago, so what sort of lineup could we see named here at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tonight?
Here’s the XI we’re predicting along with the latest team and injury news…
We’re expecting to see as many as nine changes as they welcome Scott Parker’s relegation-threatened outfit.
Club captain Hugo Lloris will surely return over Joe Hart between the sticks, given he’s Spurs’ no.1, whilst the only member of the backline to remain from the cup triumph is Toby Alderweireld, who was subbed off at half-time.
It means Eric Dier comes back in for Joe Rodon with Sergio Reguilon and Serge Aurier taking over from both Ben Davies and Matt Doherty.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was another name who earned a well-deserved rest at the weekend, so he should be fit to start, though he could start alongside Tanguy Ndombele in a deeper role for one big reason.
Rarely-seen maestro Dele Alli made a statement with an encouraging performance at Marine, so he could be gifted another opportunity to impress in the no.10 role, especially as Giovani Lo Celso is out injured.
It means there is no place for either Harry Winks or Moussa Sissoko – only the former was rested, though.
Erik Lamela could be back in contention, but we don’t think he will get the nod over either of Heung-min Son or Steven Bergwijn, who replaces axed £36m-rated star, Lucas Moura, despite his recent goal from a free-kick.
Whilst upfront, Harry Kane is set to return over hat-trick hero Carlos Vinicius, though he will surely feature among the bench after scoring three times in 13 minutes against the non-league outfit.
It also means that Gareth Bale remains as a substitute having featured for the final 25 minutes at the weekend.
AND in other news, Jose Mourinho must ruthlessly axe £110k-p/w man TONIGHT…