Tottenham Hotspur head into this evening’s Champions League meeting with Eintracht Frankfurt in something of a mixed run of form, having won one, drawn one and lost one of their last three fixtures in all competitions.
However, with Spurs’ last outing seeing the north London side scrape a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the impressive Brighton & Hove Albion, Antonio Conte will undoubtedly be hoping for a similar result against the club’s Bundesliga opposition tonight.
And, with a win against Oliver Glasner’s side providing Tottenham with a great opportunity to go on and secure qualification for the knockout stages of the competition, there is even more reason for Spurs to do all they can to secure all three points.
So, will Conte make any changes to the side that started the impressive victory at The AMEX last time out?
Here’s how we think Tottenham could line up against Eintracht, as well as the latest team and injury news…
With Dejan Kulusevski remaining sidelined for the visit of Frankfurt due to a knock, while Lucas Moura is back in contention for a place in the squad, we predict that Conte will make five changes to his starting XI from the Brighton win last weekend.
The first change comes in the three-man defence, with Ben Davies making way for Clement Lenglet, who starts alongside Eric Dier and Cristian Romero at the back.
There are also two alterations at wing-back, with Ivan Persic replacing Ryan Sessegnon on the left, and Djed Spence – who Ian Wright dubbed “unbelievable” – finally being handed his first start in a Tottenham shirt on the right, with Matt Doherty making way.
The midfield trio of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Yves Bissouma and Rodrigo Bentancur remain unchanged following an impressive showing from all three players on the south coast, meaning Spurs once again set up in a 3-5-2 formation.
However, rather than Harry Kane and Son Heung-min leading the two-man Tottenham attack as they did at the weekend, the latter is replaced by Richarlison, who will help to form a more central attacking threat alongside the England international up top.