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Predicted Spurs XI, latest team and injury news vs Marseille

Tottenham Hotspur are back in Champions League action this evening as they kick off their Group D campaign against Marseille.

Antonio Conte’s side welcome the Ligue 1 outfit to north London looking to continue their fine start to the 2022/23 season, where the Lilywhites remain unbeaten in the Premier League.

Although the Italian is facing the difficulty of trying to strike a balance with so many fixtures coming thick and fast over the next couple of weeks – this is game four of seven in a tricky seven-week spell, so rotation could well be on his mind.

But what sort of side could the 53-year-old name under the lights at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tonight? Here’s what we are predicting…

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Fraser Forster was signed as a backup to Hugo Lloris between the sticks but history suggests that the goalkeeping position is not one that Conte likes to switch, regardless of the competition and schedule.

Therefore, the club captain is in line to keep his place, whilst his backline could look a little different with Ben Davies surely likely to make a return to the starting XI after Clement Lenglet took his spot for his debut in the 2-1 win over Fulham on Saturday.

The Welshman may pair Eric Dier and one of Cristian Romero or Davinson Sanchez in defence. Conte could go with the latter, given the former has only just returned from injury and the Colombian has been impressive whenever called upon by the Italian.

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In midfield, we could finally see a starting return for Oliver Skipp, who partners Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the engine room and would allow Rodrigo Bentancur some rest, though it would mean another substitute spot for summer signing Yves Bissouma.

Matt Doherty could replace Emerson Royal at right wing-back, whilst Ivan Perisic will surely take the place of Ryan Sessegnon on the other side.

Meanwhile, further up the pitch, Harry Kane should lead the line, alongside Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski, who was dropped for Richarlison against the Cottagers in the sixth and final change.

The £110k-per-week Sweden international, described as an “athletic phenomenon” and a “complete player” by scout Jacek Kulig, has arguably been one of Spurs’ best players in the Conte era, having racked up six goals and ten assists in just 26 outings.

Conte’s only absentee will be Lucas Moura, due to injury.

Predicted Spurs XI (3-4-3): Lloris; Davies, Dier, Sanchez; Perisic, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Doherty; Son, Kulusevski, Kane

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