Tottenham Hotspur suffered a shock defeat to Belgian outfit KAA Gent and also against Liverpool in the game before that, thus leaving them with only 2 wins in 6 games, before they beat Fulham in the FA Cup this past weekend, courtesy of a brilliant Harry Kane hat-trick.
Spurs will be looking to field a stronger side for the all important second leg against Gent, where they will be chasing the game from the onset. It is not mission impossible for a team of Tottenham’s quality but they’ll have to be careful not to concede a goal as the game takes place at Spurs’ temporary home ground, Wembley. Expect Pochettino to field his superstars for this fixture.
Expect Pochettino to field his superstars for this fixture. Here’s the predicted line-up of Tottenham Hotspur against KAA Gent:
Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris
The Tottenham captain is almost a certain starter for this important game of the season. No doubts on this one.
Right back- Kyle Walker
Walker is their best right back and is experienced. His potency to contribute to Spurs attack will be essential and he would start ahead of Trippier.
Centre half – Eric Dier
Though Vertonghen is fit, he hasn’t played a competitive game in a while and it would be a huge risk to field him in a game of this intensity. Dier would be an easy alternate for Pochettino.
Centre half – Toby Alderweireld
Alderweireld has been solid for Tottenham and benching him would be a bizarre decision from a manager who is known to be a shrewd operator.
Left back – Ben Davies
Ben Davies will start for certain as he is the only recognised left back in the team who can play in Rose’s absence, who is still nursing an injury.
Central Midfield – Moussa Dembele
Moussa was the most comfortable player in the first leg when he came on as a sub and terrorised the Gent defence with his intelligence.
Central Midfield – Victor Wanyama
Victor Wanyama has forged a good partnership with Dembele and he might very well start alongside him on Thursday.
Attacking midfield – Dele Alli
Alli is almost another certainty for Tottenham, given his performances this season and the previous one as well. He is a huge threat during Spurs’ attack and the Argentine wouldn’t risk dropping the young star.
Right wing – Christian Eriksen
The star man is the chief creator for Tottenham and he will start the game where they are chasing a one-goal deficit.
Left wing – Son Heung-min
Though he had an average game in the first leg, Son very much remains a dangerous player and there’s every chance that he might start the game.
Striker – Harry Kane
No gifts for guessing this one. The striker has been phenomenal in his career and the Spurs manager will be hoping that he can replicate his performance against Fulham in the weekend.