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Predicted Spurs XI, team and injury news ahead of Middlesbrough

Antonio Conte must decide whether to freshen things up or stick with the Tottenham Hotspur side that romped to victory at the weekend when his side face Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fifth round this evening.

Spurs thrashed Leeds United 4-0 on Saturday, a result which saw Marcelo Bielsa sacked from his position, whilst it’s still four defeats in six outings for the Italian head coach.

This competition provides one final chance of silverware in his maiden season at the club, having been knocked out of the Carabao Cup and the Europa Conference League.

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Boro win

Boro win

ET & Pens

ET & Pens

Spurs win

Spurs win

And there’s still a place inside the Premier League’s top four up for grabs, too.

It will certainly be interesting to see what sort of lineup he’ll opt for up in the northeast, here’s what we are predicting ahead of kickoff…

There could be four changes from the weekend as Conte looks for fresh legs without losing their quality.

The 52-year-old is never one to change goalkeeper, regardless of the competition, so skipper Hugo Lloris remains between the sticks but there are two alterations to the back three in front of him.

In come Joe Rodon and Davinson Sanchez to partner Ben Davies. They will hand Eric Dier and Cristian Romero a much-needed rest as they have only recently returned from their respective injuries.

Conte will need them for the remainder of the season, so he may not want to risk them.

A resurgent Matt Doherty keeps his spot over Emerson at right wing-back, whilst the third change sees Sergio Reguilon return to the side after missing five of the last six Premier League outings.

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Ryan Sessegnon has deputised well but the 25-year-old Spaniard is the first choice and desperately needs some minutes under his belt.

In midfield, due to the lack of alternatives, both Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Winks are expected to remain with the likes of deadline day signing Rodrigo Bentancur and Oliver Skipp still absent through injury.

The fourth and final switch could be in the attack as Steven Bergwijn is gifted a rare start, taking the place of another January addition in Dejan Kulusevski, who has made an instant impact at Spurs.

He could be rested, so the Dutch international joins Heung-min Son and Harry Kane in the attack, where Conte will undoubtedly be wanting them to make a quick mark before being withdrawn early on.

AND in other news, Conte could unearth Tottenham’s next Skipp in 20 y/o terrier once dubbed a “coach’s dream”…

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