Tottenham Hotspur had a disappointing start to the new campaign as they drew 1-1 to the newly rejuvenated Merseyside club, Everton. The Blues dominated the initial stage of the game with a majority of possession and also created a lot many chances than the Lilly Whites. Everton opened the scoring through their star man Ross Barkley as the Englishman’s free-kick curled directly into the back of the net and Tottenham’s keeper, Hugo Lloris was kept red faced. The Lilly-Whites responded in the 60th Minute of the game as right-back Kyle Walker’s cross found Erik Lamela in the Danger area and the Argentine made no mistake to head it into the back of the net.
Now, the next hurdle for Pochettino’s men are fellow London side Crystal Palace. Alan Pardew will be marching towards the White Hart Lane this weekend with Crystal Palace looking to bounce back after that 1-0 defeat to West Brom. A better performance is expected from both the sides and here, we will give you a predicted lineup for Tottenham Hotspur that could face Crystal Palace this weekend.
The 32-year-old Dutch International was brought on to the field last time out when Hugo Lloris injured himself. The Frenchman made a couple of great saves to save the side, but unfortunately, he will now be missing four weeks due to a hamstring injury.
The 26-year-old English full-back, Kyle Walker was unarguably the best player for Tottenham last time out. He never looked tired, and never really went dizzy. He did his job of getting forward with ease and provided an inch perfect pass to Erik Lamela, which ended into the back of the net.
On the left side, the manager will surely be using Walkers’ countryman, Danny Rose. Just like Walker, Rose did his job of launching the team forward with ease, but left many spaces at the back at times which Everton capitalized.
For the centre-back pairing, the manager, this time might go with the Belgian Toby Alderweireld and the Austrian Kevin Wimmer. Alderweireld, just like last season was cool and composed on the field, while Vertonghen really struggled and looked rusty all the time, maybe it was due to his injury, hence, the manager will have to assess his condition yet again.
The central midfield was the area where the Lilly-Whites struggled a lot, and we might see Pochettino going down with a new tactic for the next game. Considering that, he might use the newly signed Kenyan international Victor Wanyama as the only defensive midfielder.
The Argentine playmaker Erik Lamela got his name on the scoresheet with that thumping header, and besides that, he really worked his socks off the entire game. Not just that, he tested Everton’s keeper twice, but was denied by the miraculous save. His passing was quite disappointing in the game, but overall, he gave a decent display.
On the other side, we might again see Christian Eriksen lining his socks up for the fixture. The Danish international was solely disappointing last time out, maybe it is the effect of that contract speculation, but the Dan is an important player for the Lilly-Whites and sooner rather than later, he will strike up.
The 20-year-old Englishman failed heavily to replicate the form he had last season. He probably was a threat in the first half, but looked rusty in the second one. A game against the likes of Crystal Palace could really help his cause.
Well, many might argue, but this could really work for the Lilly-Whites. Janssen was brought on to the field in place of Dier last time out and that, without any doubt, surprised the spectators, but the Dutchman showed glimpses of why he scored so many Eredivisie goals last season. On the other hand, his striking partner would be none other than Harry Kane. The Englishman had a horrible outing last time out and didn’t register a shot all game, but with an extra striker playing alongside, things may change.