Chelsea will host to their former boss this afternoon as Tottenham Hotspur and Jose Mourinho make the trip across London to play out their next Premier League clash. All the Lilywhites need is a draw and they will leapfrog back into first place in the table, but the ex-Blues manager will be hoping to cause upset to all those at Stamford Bridge and walk away with three points.
Spurs were handed a huge boost when summer signing Matt Doherty returned to the starting lineup against Ludogorets. However, they will be without Toby Alderweireld who is suffering with a groin injury.
Football FanCast has predicted how Mourinho will set up ahead of what promises to be an entertaining league battle…
With Doherty back in the action and contributing to a clean sheet against Ludogorets in the Europa League, he will surely take back his spot from Serge Aurier, who filled in during his absence.
Joe Rodon was unable to feature against the Bulgarians due to being ineligible for the competition. However, Mourinho could look to hand the new recruit his first start for Spurs alongside Eric Dier who has stepped up in Alderweireld’s absence.
Out of favour Harry Winks also started on Thursday and the decision paid off in dividends thanks to a stunning long-range goal from the defensive midfielder. Pairing the England international up with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will provide Spurs with an extra defensive cushion to shield away from Chelsea’s red-hot attack.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were both given some deserved rest last time out but will return against the Blues to show off their incredible form. The duo are responsible for 16 of Tottenham’s 21 league goals scored so far and they’ll be looking to extend their count this afternoon (via BBC Sport).
A wildcard option Mourinho could opt for is Dele Alli, who had been completely frozen out of the squad until Thursday evening. The midfielder made the starting lineup and immediately justified the decision by bagging himself an assist. In a daring move, we could see him start again today in replace of £200,000 per week teammate Tanguy Ndombele.