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Tottenham Hotspur: Cristian Romero returns in Predicted XI vs Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to keep their unbeaten start to the new season going as they prepare to take on an in-form Fulham side at home on Saturday afternoon.

The newly-promoted Cottagers will provide a stern test having enjoyed an impressive return to the top-flight in recent weeks – with two wins and two draws from their opening five games – albeit with the visitors having failed to win in this particular fixture since March 2013.

Ahead of the intriguing all-London affair, here’s how we at Football FanCast think Spurs will line up later today…

Deadline day came and went with no further additions for the Lilywhites, with manager Antonio Conte now knowing the squad he will have at his disposal until January at least.

Although more incomings may have been on the agenda for the Italian before the window slammed shut, the Italian has been handed a boost by the return to fitness of both Cristian Romero and Rodrigo Bentancur – albeit with peripheral figures Lucas Moura and Byran Gil ruled out of this upcoming clash.

With that in mind, we predict that the former Chelsea boss will make three changes from the starting XI which was held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham United in midweek for the visit of Marco Silva’s side.

Will Spurs beat Fulham today?

Yes, total faith

Yes, total faith

No, not convinced

No, not convinced

In goal, veteran skipper Hugo Lloris will once again keep his place between the sticks, with the only change ahead of him in the back three likely to be that of the aforementioned Romero, with the Argentine “animal” – as dubbed by former teammate Pierluigi Gollini – set to lineup alongside Ben Davies and Eric Dier.

The wing-back roles should well be taken up by Emerson Royal and summer signing Ivan Perisic, while in the centre of midfield the ever-present Pierre-Emile Hojberg could be partnered by the returning Bentancur, with Yves Bissouma the man to give way.

The major shake-up could potentially come in attack with £60m man Richarlison in line for his first start of the season since joining from Everton earlier in the summer, with the misfiring Son Heung-min likely to give way. The typically “underrated” Korean – as dubbed by presenter Adam Smith – has endured a frustrating spell of form of late, having registered just one goal contribution so far this term.

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Making up the attacking trio will likely be Dejan Kulusevski and talisman Harry Kane, with the England captain – who has four goals in just five games this season – boasting an impressive record against today’s opponents, with six goals to his name in just five meetings in all competitions.

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