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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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[Video] Amazing new time-lapse footage showcases pitch and seating areas of Tottenham’s new stadium

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Tottenham’s new stadium is towards completion and a new time-lapse video from last week has been shared which highlights the final stages of work being done.

The video begins with a view of the exterior where cranes are working on one section of the structure. The next part features an aerial view of the entire stadium. The video shows construction being done throughout the night to get the venue ready as quickly as possible.

A clip from the video showcases a section where numerous glass panes are yet to be installed, however, a number of cranes and workers are on the job.

The pitch was installed a week ago and an interior shot displays the grass and the artificial pitch lighting. It is great to see that most of the seats are installed and the LED hoardings across the seating area of the stadium.

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Hopefully, the venue will be completed quickly. Tottenham have spent a lot of time away from home with Wembley being used as a temporary ground. We even played a Carabao Cup game against Watford at Stadium MK.

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“Star on and off the pitch” – Some Tottenham fans react to Spurs star’s hilarious dance

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Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura seems to be enjoying his season with Tottenham. The Brazilian had a fantastic performance against Manchester United a few weeks ago and was even recalled to the Brazil squad during the recent international break.

The former PSG man has become a starter for Spurs and a recent video was shared by Moussa Sissoko of the Brazilian dancing.

Some Tottenham fans reacted to the Moura dance and loved every second of it.

Spurs beat West Ham in a tough London derby on Saturday and will need another quality performance against PSV Eindhoven in midweek.

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Tottenham have lost their two Champions League group games this season, and we need to defeat the Dutch team to have any chance of making it into the next round.

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Tottenham downplay interest in signing 25-year-old Colombian star

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Tottenham have no plans of signing Wilmar Barrios from Boca Junior, sources have told ESPN. The Colombian international had a decent World Cup with the national side and was linked with a move to Spurs, according to the report.

Reports (h/t ESPN) suggested that we had agreed on personal terms with the 25-year-old’s representatives and were preparing a bid for the midfielder.

However, sources have told ESPN that there were no discussions in the summer and he isn’t a target for Mauricio Pochettino in the winter window.

Spurs were the only club to not sign a player in the summer but the manager was open to signings in January.

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

The manager was quoted by ESPN as saying:

“In football you always need to think you can improve, and you need to try to improve your squad.

“We couldn’t sign [in the summer] for different circumstances, but we wanted to sign.

“Now January will come and we’re going to try to sign. I think it’s not only us — all the clubs and managers want to sign players, must refresh the squad.

“We need to try again in January or the summer if we want to move on the team and the club.”

Spurs are in a great position in the Premier League as we are just a couple of points behind the league leaders.

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Hopefully, the right signings can help us push on this season and lead us to our first ever Premier League title.

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