Tottenham experienced the highs and lows of football in the last seven days as they went from beating Manchester City 1-0 in the Premier League to losing 1-0 to Pacos de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League.
Nuno Santo’s side beat the champions thanks to a stunning strike from Heung-Min Son last weekend, before following that up with a disappointing loss in Europe, with a number of changes made to the team for the latter – including the likes of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Dane Scarlett and Nile John all getting game time.
They will now face Santo’s former club Wolves in the Premier League as they look to maintain their 100% record domestically whilst also bouncing back from their Conference League woes in midweek.
Who comes back into the team? Here is our predicted XI for the match…
We are predicting nine changes to the team that lost to Pacos de Ferreira earlier this week, with the majority of the side that started the Manchester City game returning.
Hugo Lloris, Japhet Tanganga, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon should return to make up the defence after all were rested in midweek. They helped Spurs to keep a clean sheet against Pep Guardiola’s side and, for that, we believe that they will get the chance to play against Wolves.
Christian Romero, the summer arrival from Atalanta, made his debut against Pacos at centre-back and could be in contention to start against Wanderers. However, we are predicting that Santo will keep faith in his defensive unit for now and introduce the Argentine international at another juncture.
In the midfield, we believe that there will be two changes from the defeat to Pacos. Ollie Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg should come back in after their stoic displays against Man City, whilst Gio Lo Celso could start ahead of Dele Alli – who struggled last week.
The England international scored a SofaScore rating of 6.2 (lowest in the side) against the Cityzens as he lost a whopping 12 of his 17 duels in the match. He was also dribbled past seven times, which suggests that he was not good enough defensively to play in a midfield three.
Last season, Lo Celso was only dribbled past 1.1 times and won 1.6 tackles per match in the Premier League. This means that his presence in the midfield could be more useful to Santo if he wants to stick with a 4-3-3 formation, as he has more defensive nous than the £100k-per-week Englishman.
In attack, we are predicting that Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son will return after being rested in midweek. The pair recorded SofaScore ratings of 7.5 and 7.7 respectively against Man City, with the latter scoring the winner.
Steven Bergwijn, however, did not have as much success. He missed one big chance in the match and was given a score of 6.7/10, showing that he was not at the same level as his two teammates in attack.
This is why we believe that Harry Kane will be handed a start, with the England captain confirmed to be travelling to the game. He topped the Premier League’s goals and assists chart last term and his reintroduction will see Son move out to the left.