Tottenham Hotspur could extend their unbeaten start to the 2022/23 campaign as they head to the City Ground to face newly-promoted Nottingham Forest later this evening.
Antonio Conte’s side are yet to lose in the Premier League, having defeated Southampton (4-1) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (1-0) either side of a 2-2 draw at Chelsea, who Spurs failed to even register a point against last term.
The Italian is faced with plenty of decisions as he looks to maintain their form, whilst contending with the busy fixture list. This will be the first of three games in the next seven days and then their Champions League group stage adventure gets underway in just over a week’s time.
As such, Conte has hinted at rotation during this busy period.
“To tell one player that he is going to play in all seven games; it is impossible,” claimed the former Inter Milan manager.
“I am not a magician! I cannot forecast this, but we go game by game to make the best decisions for the team and for the players.
“It is crazy to think we can put always the same players.”
Today could represent a good opportunity to make some changes as there’s West Ham in midweek, their UCL opener against Marseille and defending champions Manchester City on the horizon.
Between the sticks, club captain Hugo Lloris will remain ahead of backup Fraser Forster, whilst a back three of Ben Davies, Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez are likely to continue with Cristian Romero not yet ready for a return from injury.
In the engine room, though, there could be a change as Yves Bissouma is gifted his first start over £20m “Rolls-Royce midfielder” Rodrigo Bentancur, who earns a rest. He’ll partner Pierre-Emile Hobjerg, with Oliver Skipp still injured too.
Out wide, there could be a second alteration to the XI that defeated Wolves last weekend as Matt Doherty replaces Emerson Royal on the right. Ivan Perisic will surely keep his spot on the left after successive assists in his last two outings.
Meanwhile, the front three of Heung-min Son, Dejan Kulusevski and Harry Kane will surely remain, for the time being.
The likes of Richarlison and Clement Lenglet will have to wait for their first starts, as a result.
Predicted Spurs XI (3-4-3): Lloris; Davies, Dier, Sanchez; Perisic, Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Doherty; Son, Kane, Kulusevski