Tottenham Hotspur can move to within four points of the top four in the Premier League if they manage to beat Burnley at Turf Moor this evening.
Antonio Conte’s outfit have three games in hand, starting with this encounter in Lancashire tonight, a little down the road from where they were triumphant only a few days ago.
Spurs defeated the defending champions and current league leaders Manchester City with a clinical 95th-minute strike from Harry Kane on Saturday evening as the north Londoners stunned Pep Guardiola’s men at the Etihad Stadium.
Now they face a tough midweek test in the form of Sean Dyche’s Clarets, who too won at the weekend.
It will be interesting to see if Conte rotates his starting XI, having hinted at changes during his pre-game press conference, so what sort of lineup could we see from the Italian?
Here’s what we are predicting…
There could be as many as three changes from the side that defeated the Citizens.
Between the sticks, skipper Hugo Lloris is surely going to remain and the back three in front of him are also likely to be unchanged, so Eric Dier stands in the middle of Ben Davies on the left and Cristian Romero on the right.
Conte revealed that he expected Sergio Reguilon to miss the game, so Ryan Sessegnon could keep his place at left wing-back, whilst Emerson Royal had to be withdrawn with a knock, so he may not be risked with Matt Doherty primed to take his place.
#thfc Team news: Conte says Skipp & Tanganga are still unavailable vs Burnley. Adds that he thinks Reguilon, who did not train yesterday, will also be out again.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) February 22, 2022
In midfield, there could be further rotation as Harry Winks earns a rare start. He replaces Rodrigo Bentancur, who started only his second game for the club on Saturday after arriving on deadline day from Juventus.
The £45m-rated powerhouse could do with a rest before the weekend, so is axed for the Englishman, who partners Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
And finally, there is a big call to be made in the final third over whether or not to stick with Dejan Kulusevski after a considerable impact on his first Spurs start.
Conte may want to keep him fresh, so in comes Lucas Moura, who made way for the Juventus loanee up in Manchester last time out. He’ll feature alongside the usual frontline of Heung-min Son and Harry Kane.
AND in other news, Fabrizio Romano drops big behind the scenes Conte claim at Hotspur Way…