Predicted Tottenham Line-up To Face APOEL Nicosia In Champions League
Tottenham Hotspur will conclude their Champions League group stage with a home match against APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday. While Spurs have already reached the knockout stages as group winners, our manager Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to get back to winning ways after watching his side fail to secure a victory in their last four league games.
Domestically we’ve had a rough time recently but our performances have been very good as far as Europe is concerned. After taking 4 points off defending champions Real Madrid, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into the next phase of the competition.
Meanwhile, APOEL needs to better Borussia Dortmund’s result against Madrid to be certain of finishing third and securing a place in the Europa League.
Harry Kane, Spurs’ top-scorer with 16 goals this season, will miss Apoel Nicosia’s visit to Wembley along with midfielders Christian Eriksen, Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier. Hugo Lloris will also be rested for the game.
Tottenham will be without Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama, while Erik Lamela, just back from a long-term hip problem, is ineligible as he was not included in the club’s initial Champions League squad.
However, our gaffer confirmed in the press conference earlier that academy players Kazaiah Sterling and Luke Amos will be part of tomorrow’s matchday squad to face APOEL.
Here’s how Spurs might line up against APOEL on Wednesday:
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Michel Vorm (GK)
Michel Vorm will start in goal after our manager has confirmed Lloris will be given a much-needed rest.
Juan Foyth (CB)
Juan Foyth is expected to get a rare start. The summer signing has to take this opportunity with open arms.
Davinson Sanchez (CB)
Sanchez was dismissed in the second-half against Watford for elbowing Richarlison, on Saturday. He will miss three games in the domestic arena after Spurs chose not to appeal, but is eligible to play in Europe.
Jan Vertonghen (CB)
Completing the three-man backline for Spurs should be Jan Vertonghen. He hasn’t been all that great in the past few games and needs to step up.
Kyle Walker-Peters (RWB)
The academy product must have waited a lot to get his chance after impressing for Spurs in the first game against Newcastle. He will be raring to go against the Cyprus opponents.
Harry Winks (CM)
After overcoming a minor injury, Winks returned to the bench in the game against Watford. An 86th-minute substitute appearance didn’t do much to the midfielder and he will be eager to start on Wednesday.
Mousa Dembele (CM)
The Belgian powerhouse has had his injury problems lately but came unscathed following the Watford game. With Eriksen out of this fixture, Dembele is sure to start again.
Ben Davies (LWB)
The Welsh international may get the nod ahead of Englishman Danny Rose at the left wing-back position against APOEL.
Dele Alli (RAM)
Poch confirmed Alli will start the game, as the midfielder attempts to regain his form after an unsteady start to the season.
Son Heung-Min (LAM)
The South Korean scored the equaliser against Watford and will be confident enough to replicate his fine form.
Fernando Llorente (ST)
With Kane rested, Llorente should be handed a rare start. The former Sevilla man has so far failed to weave his magic for us. Wednesday presents an opportunity for him to deliver the goods.