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Tottenham head into a North London derby that presents Harry Redknapp with somewhat of a selection headache.

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Tottenham head into a North London derby that presents Harry Redknapp with somewhat of a selection headache.

The former Portsmouth and Southampton manager is looking to add to his fine record of two wins and one draw in charge of Spurs against Arsenal this weekend, and is expected to welcome back a host of first team starters from the side that beat Shamrock Rovers mid-week.

The likes of Gareth Bale, Emmanuel Adebayor and Luka Modric are likely to start in Sunday’s fixture after Redknapp admitted he had one eye on the upcoming game against the Gunners on Wednesday evening.

Michael Dawson (achilles), Tom Huddlestone (ankle), William Gallas (calf) and Steven Pienaar (groin) are all expected to miss the derby while Niko Kranjcar (hamstring) will face a late fitness test ahead of the key fixture.

Aaron Lennon is sure to find himself in the 18-man squad, at least, after playing 65 mins against Shamrock Rovers but Redknapp is debating which of Jermain Defoe or Rafael Van see Vaart will start on Sunday, while Scott Parker and Sandro will both be vying for a starting spot alongside Modric in the Spurs midfield.

Potential starting XI:

Friedel; Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Van der Vaart, Modric, Parker, Bale; Defoe Adebayor.

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Tottenham vs Chelsea: In-depth preview, team news and more as Mourinho set to take on Lampard

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Tottenham vs Chelsea preview: Team news, key battles and more

The same week that ‘The Apprentice” aired its season finale, Frank Lampard will take on Jose Mourinho in what promises to be a pivotal clash in the race for Champions League qualification.

Mourinho’s midfield talisman from his time at Chelsea, Lampard will have picked up a few tricks which he may now seek to use against the familiar face masquerading as a foe.

They have already faced each other once before when Lampard’s Derby County played against Mourinho’s Manchester United in a League Cup clash at Old Trafford in 2018. The student bested the master that day as Derby won the game on penalties. Mourinho will not have forgotten that.

There is much more at stake today and the result may define where both the clubs end up.

When Jose Mourinho took over, Spurs were in a free fall and 9 points behind Chelsea in fourth. Five matches later, a resurgent Tottenham side can overtake Chelsea if they win at home on Sunday.

The contrast couldn’t be starker with Chelsea losing 4 of the last 5 games in the League. They now find themselves adrift of the top 3 and just about clinging onto the fourth spot.

With the fight for the final Champions League spot looking likely to be a shootout between these two rivals, it promises to be a feisty affair, with the winner gaining a huge psychological edge over the other in the race for fourth.

Team News

Tottenham Hotspur

Erik Lamela, Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies miss out for Spurs with an injury. Tanguy Ndombele is expected to be fit for the clash with him likely to start on the bench. Danny Rose is out of favour and will not feature along with Lo Celso, who has gotten accustomed to the bench.

Mourinho looks set to start the same XI as he has of late, keeping changes to a minimum.

Chelsea

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is unavailable for Chelsea with Lampard having a fit squad to choose from. The boss will have to deal with a loss of confidence that seems to have afflicted his team.

Predicted XI

Tottenham Hotspur

Paulo Gazzaniga, Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Lucas Moura, Delle Alli, Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane

Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Emerson Palmieri, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Christian Pulisic, Willian, Tammy Abraham

Key Battles

Toby Alderweireld vs Tammy Abraham

Fresh after signing a new contract, Toby Alderweireld has enough skill and experience in his locker to keep Abraham quiet. Abraham, who is Chelsea’s top-scorer this season, enjoyed a fine start only to see his performance dip over the last few weeks.

Alderweireld ‘s positional awareness should help him negate Abraham’s pace and keep the Englishman in check.

Alderweired has just signed a contract extension with Spurs

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Tottenham are keen on Real Madrid youngster Vinicius Junior
French international Layvin Kurzara could be on his way to Tottenham

N’Golo Kante vs Moussa Sissoko

It is no secret that Kante is the heart of the Chelsea team and if he has a bad day, so does his team. With Chelsea already suffering a crisis of confidence, Tottenham should try to negate the effect Kante has on the pitch which can help us take control of the midfield.

Negating Kante will go a long way in controlling the midfield

Moussa Sissoko has been shown a great amount of faith by Mourinho and he will now have to step up and be counted.

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Kane to start, Alderweireld out – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Tottenham XI to take on Stoke City

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Predicted Tottenham Line-up To Face Stoke City In The Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed a wonderful 3-1 away victory at Chelsea last weekend and with that victory, they have almost guaranteed a place in the top-four. On Saturday, they travel to face a struggling Stoke City, who are without a win in eight games under new manager Paul Lambert.

Spurs marked their first victory at Stamford Bridge in 28 years, which leaves them 8 points ahead of 5th-placed Chelsea with just seven games remaining in the season.

However, they must not take Saturday’s game casually. The Potters find themselves in the relegation zone and will do anything possible to get three points.

Probable Tottenham XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Hugo Lloris (GK)

Lloris is the first choice in goal and would be keen to keep a clean sheet against Stoke.

Serge Aurier (RB)

With games coming thick and fast, Pochettino needs to ensure his entire squad stays fresh and that could see him give Trippier a much-needed rest and hand Aurier a start instead.

Davinson Sanchez (CB)

The Colombian centre-half has been brilliant for us since arriving in the summer. He must start against Stoke.

Davinson Sanchez

Jan Vertonghen (CB)

Vertonghen is the leader of our defence and has to put up a solid display to keep the Stoke attackers at bay on Saturday.

Danny Rose (LB)

Such has been Ben Davies’ form this season that Danny Rose has found difficult to get into the starting line-up on a regular basis. However, given that Davies has played a lot of games and Stoke are at the wrong end of the table, I expect Pochettino to hand Rose a start.

Eric Dier (CM)

Dier has blown hot and cold this season but came up with a top-notch performance against Chelsea. He would be hoping to garner momentum against Stoke after last weekend’s solid display.

Mousa Dembele (CM)

It is difficult to imagine a Spurs team without Mousa Dembele. The Belgian controls the midfield engine with his strength and poise. Rarely misplaces a ball.

Christian Eriksen (RW)

Eriksen’s wonder goal at Chelsea last weekend proved that he is not only about guile and creativity but is also capable of producing belters. His trickery and passing make this Spurs team a delight to watch.

Dele Alli (CAM)

Alli was at his sublime best against the Blues, scoring two goals to hand the team a memorable victory. It was the game that showed why Alli is so highly-rated in Europe.

Dele Alli

Son Heung-min (LW)

Son has been exceptional this season. His diligent work-rate is a key factor as we look to keep our place in the top-four.

Harry Kane (ST)

Kane has been in scintillating form this season, with an incredible 39 goals to his name this season. With Spurs aiming for a top-four finish and an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United on the horizon, Kane’s return has come at the right time.

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Alderweireld and Kane out, Lamela starts – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Tottenham XI to face Chelsea

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Predicted Tottenham XI To Face Chelsea In The Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur are back in Premier League action this weekend as they travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea in what is expected to be a mouthwatering battle.

Both Tottenham and Chelsea are fighting tooth and nail to secure a place in the top-four with the Premier League title all but gone to Manchester City. Tottenham hold a five-point lead over Chelsea and a win here would work wonders. However, Spurs have a dismal record at Stamford Bridge, having not won since 1990.

The last time these two sides met, it ended in Chelsea’s favour as Antonio Conte’s men won 2-1 at Wembley back in August.

Team News

Harry Kane is sidelined due to a right ankle injury he suffered during Spurs’ 4-1 win at Bournemouth earlier this month.

Harry Winks was called up by coach Aidy Boothroyd for England’s U-21 games but was forced to withdraw because of an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Spurs were handed a big boost after Toby Alderweireld completed the entire 90 minutes for Belgium in the 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

The likes of Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier are on the verge of getting a one-match suspension, having accumulated four yellow cards each.

Probable Tottenham XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Hugo Lloris (GK)

The French international is the first choice for Pochettino in goal and is expected to be kept busy by the Chelsea attackers.

Kieran Trippier (RB)

Trippier offers more solidity in defence when compared to Aurier and must start against Chelsea.

Davinson Sanchez

Davinson Sanchez (CB)

Despite Alderweireld attaining full fitness, it would be wise to ease him back into the scheme of things. The Colombian has vastly impressed with his no-nonsense defending and deserves to start here.

Jan Vertonghen (CB)

The Belgian is a rock at the back for the North London outfit. Vertonghen would have to be on top as we look to keep the Premier League’s defending champions quiet.

Ben Davies (LB)

Ben Davies has to be extremely careful while defending against the likes of Willian/Pedro. The Welshman has done well this season but the game against Chelsea would certainly demand more from him.

 

Eric Dier (CM)

Eric Dier endured a poor night in England’s 1-1 friendly draw against Italy on Tuesday but the versatile player’s focus will now return to club matters as Pochettino’s side travel to the Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Mousa Dembele (CM)

Dembele is one of those rare midfielders blessed with a combination of running power, dribbling and passing. He can dominate games from the midfield, which makes him such a key component in Pochettino’s side.

Christian Eriksen (LW)

Eriksen’s trickery and magical passes will be required at the Bridge if Spurs are to return home all smiles. The Dane has picked up form just at the right moment and let’s hope he makes his presence felt against Conte’s men.

 

Dele Alli (CAM)

Alli has not been at his astonishing best this season. The skilful midfielder would be hoping to deliver the goods on Sunday, thereby trying to get a berth in England’s squad for the World Cup.

Erik Lamela (RW)

The 26-year-old is up and running after missing more than a year of football with a hip injury. Expecting the nippy Argentinean to start on the right-hand side against Chelsea.

Son Heung-min (ST)

With Kane out injured, Son should take up the central role against the Blues. The South Korean has been in stunning form for Spurs this season, netting 18 goals in all competitions, including 7 in his last 5 games.

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Tottenham vs Juventus – possible tactics, line ups and strategy

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The first leg at Turin was a riveting affair with Tottenham Hotspur crawling their way back from 2-0 down to draw against Juventus on Tuesday in the Champions League round of 16.

Juventus shell-shocked Spurs in the opening nine minutes by scoring twice through Gonzalo Higuain. But a Harry Kane goal gave the visitors hope before Higuain missed a penalty at the stroke of half-time.

For all the pressure Spurs exerted on Juventus in the second-half, they were rewarded when Christian Eriksen scored from a free-kick.

The game ended 2-2 on the night but it gave the North Londoners two precious away goals ahead of the return leg at Wembley in March.

Let us have a closer look as to how Max Allegri and Mauricio Pochettino could line up at Wembley.

Tactics and Strategy

Max Allegri would love to have a similar start at Wembley he enjoyed at home when .

Knowing his team are on the brink of going out of the competition, Allegri would expect his boys to play more quickly and regain possession as soon as possible. Not a different approach but a faster and dynamic way to neutralise Spurs’ attack at home.

Juventus were complacent in the first half after going two goals up. It was possibly the worst thing they did which allowed Spurs to grow into the game and hit two knockout blows when it was least expected.

The Italian team faded in the second-half and with a few ageing players in the squad, it became difficult for them to keep the same pressure and intensity they played with in the first-half.

Allegri would look at the result at home and think it as a missed chance to gain a first-leg supremacy over Spurs. He would rue a couple of missed chances presented by Spurs. Had Higuain completed a first-half hat-trick by scoring the penalty, who knows Juventus could have turned on their gears after the break and completely mauled Spurs, just like they have done to many teams this season.

The Juventus boss would hope complacency doesn’t creep in at Wembley if they go a goal up. The defence looked a tad shakier at times; expect Allegri to fine tune it.

If the defence was unstable in the first-leg, the attack, I would say didn’t misfire but wasn’t clinical. Chances weren’t presented at premium but when they were offered, the Juventus players failed to take it.

So overall, don’t expect Allegri to tinker much with his tactics but hammer some wake up lessons ahead of the second leg. What could come as a major boost to the Italians is that Paulo Dybala would become fit to face Spurs.

Also, the likes of Andrea Barzagli and Blaise Matuidi could make the trip to Wembley.

As far as Tottenham are concerned, they did an incredible job at Turin. To come from 2-0 down to draw at Juventus stadium, not many teams could have done that, given the hosts’ imperious home form.

Spurs were tactically exposed inside the first ten minutes. After conceding 2 goals, Poch’s men started getting back in the game and before Eriksen scored a free-kick past Buffon.

The determination and grit showed by Spurs on Tuesday was incredible. They never bogged down in front of the vociferous crowd, instead kept going and earned rich dividends for showing spirit.

At Wembley, Poch would hope his team doesn’t repeat the same mistake. They could go through to quarters if they keep the scoreline 0-0 but Poch would want his boys to start quickly and get a goal’s cushion at home.

Therefore, thoughts about their strategy are divided. Is it better to save advantage or risk to play an open game? Football betting sites have the same opinion about Tottenham strategy. There are much options to choose from and some of the best will give you the most attractive odds if you decide to place a bet. William Hill Sportsbook UK also offer predicting the full time result, so if you think you can predict Tottenham possible strategy for this match, feel free to try your luck.

Line-up

For Juventus, expecting Bernardeschi to make way for Dybala at Wembley. So the Black and whites could line-up as 4-2-3-1, with Khedira and Pjanic as holding midfielders and Higuain leading the attack.

Spurs on the other hand, would miss the services of Sergi Aurier after he picked up a yellow card on Tuesday and is suspended at Wembley. His suspension means Kieran Trippier would play at right-back. Other than that, Son Heung-min could start in place of Erik Lamela on March 7.

Prediction

The game is fantastically poised with a little edge to Spurs for grabbing two away goals. A titanic battle awaits at Wembley on March 7.

 

 

 

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