Nuno Santo will be looking to stop the rot in the Premier League as his side welcome Aston Villa to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon.
The Lilywhites have suffered three successive heavy defeats, including in the north London derby last weekend, where they put in an embarrassing first-half performance – a stark contrast to the small positives against Chelsea.
A late Heung-min Son strike stopped it being a third straight 3-0 loss in the top-flight but it’s not going to get any easier with the Midlands outfit in town.
Dean Smith’s side have started the season well and head into this encounter buoyed by their win over Manchester United last time out. They too sit above Spurs in the table.
There are plenty of selection dilemmas facing the Portuguese head coach, too, so it will be interesting to see what sort of lineup he opts for today.
Here’s what Football FanCast are predicting…
There could be as many as seven changes from the midweek win over Slovenian champions NS Mura in the UEFA Europa Conference League.
In defence, club captain Hugo Lloris is expected to resume his duties as Nuno’s no.1 goalkeeper, replacing Pierluigi Gollini, whilst only Sergio Reguilon and Cristian Romero remain from Thursday night.
Joe Rodon did his chances no harm but Nuno may well opt for Eric Dier, who has started five of their six league games, instead. Elsewhere, summer signing Emerson Royal is preferred to academy gem Japhet Tanganga at right-back.
Another player who impressed during the week was Oliver Skipp and he’s likely to keep hold of his spot in the engine room, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg returning over Harry Winks.
Further up the pitch, a big call has to be made.
Does Nuno stick with Dele Alli? Does Tanguy Ndombele return? Or does Giovani Lo Celso keep his place after a goal and assist only a few days ago? We’re predicting the latter, meaning the Englishman is axed from the starting XI, whilst the Frenchman remains on the bench once again.
Son and Harry Kane are two obvious starters, though they will be joined by Lucas Moura rather than Bryan Gil in the final change.
The £18m-rated Brazilian, who Dier once claimed was a “nightmare” to train against, enjoyed a positive 30 minutes against Mura, registering a late assist so he is likely to get the nod over the young Spaniard, who is still getting to grips with the Premier League.