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.
Lloris is the first choice in goal and would be keen to keep a clean sheet against Stoke.
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.
The Colombian centre-half has been brilliant for us since arriving in the summer. He must start against Stoke.
Vertonghen is the leader of our defence and has to put up a solid display to keep the Stoke attackers at bay on Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.