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Dier out, Alli and Kane to start – Strongest 4-2-3-1 Tottenham XI to face Arsenal in North London Derby

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Predicted Tottenham Lineup To Face Arsenal In The Premier League

After negotiating Newport County midweek to move into the 5th round of the FA Cup, Tottenham Hotspur turn their attention now to the big North London derby where they host Arsenal on tomorrow. The two North London juggernauts lock horns at Wembley this weekend, with the game sure to have top-four implications for both sides.

Tottenham, who earned a point in the thrilling 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday, sit 5th in the Premier League, just one point behind Chelsea in the race for the top four. Arsenal, meanwhile, smashed Everton 5-1 last weekend and sit 6th, four points behind us.

Mauricio Pochettino made wholesale changes against Newport, meaning he will have a fully fresh first-team for the weekend game.

Team News

Pochettino received a massive boost when Toby Alderweireld returned to the starting XI against Newport and played the entire 90 minutes. The likes of Danny Rose and Harry Winks played too, meaning Spurs have no injury concerns now.

New signing Lucas Moura is slowly adapting to the demands of the Premier League and our gaffer claimed the winger “could be in contention for Saturday.”

Probable Tottenham XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Hugo Lloris (GK)

Lloris got a much-needed break as Vorm played against Newport on Wednesday; so expect the former to come back into the starting XI on Saturday, totally energised.

Kieran Trippier (RB)

Trippier is the first-choice right-back right now and is expected to start against the Gunners.

Toby Alderweireld (CB)

The game against Newport provided a fine platform for Pochettino to ease Alderweireld into the first-team, and the Belgian looked good. Given that he completed the game unscathed, the centre-back could be in for the massive task of stopping Arsenal attackers on Saturday.

Jan Vertonghen (CB)

Vertonghen has been a pillar of strength for Spurs and he will line up alongside his Belgian compatriot, Alderweireld.

Ben Davies (LB)

Danny Rose played on Wednesday but he is expected to sit out against Arsenal as Ben Davies is the first choice for us.

Victor Wanyama (CM)

Wanyama gives us extra steel in the midfield. The Kenyan will be tasked with shielding the back-four, thereby breaking up Arsenal attacks.

 

Mousa Dembele (CM)

Eric Dier’s erratic performances lately could see him drop out of the starting line-up. Dembele could be the one to benefit from it on Saturday as Poch would hope for a belligerent and solid presence in the midfield.

Heung-min Son (LW)

There are no question marks over who will start on the left-wing. Son Heung-min has been brilliant for us this season and given the weight of the game, he’s a sure starter.

 

Harry Kane

Dele Alli (CAM)

Alli will have the big task of linking up well with the midfielders and attackers. The 21-year-old has attracted unnecessary criticism in the last few weeks but let’s hope he comes good on Saturday.

Christian Eriksen (RW)

Eriksen’s importance for Spurs is difficult to state as he is the one capable of making the team look more fluid and free-flow in the attack. A definite starter against Wenger’s boys.

Harry Kane (ST)

Having reached the landmark 100 goals in the Premier League, Kane’s confidence would be sky high at the moment. He has the ability to rip the Arsenal defence apart, single-handedly. Beware, Gunners!

 

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Brian

    February 10, 2018 at 4:38 am

    He might play Dier as part of three CBs.

  2. Penitent Man

    February 10, 2018 at 8:08 am

    How in the hell has Dele Alli attracted unnecessary criticism? He’s a diver and tries to hurt other players, just like that mouth breather and fellow diver, Harry Kane. Apparently, if you’re English you can do no wrong, even when trying to cripple De Bruyne and Sane with horror tackles. I hope Arsenal take precautions because they have to play a dirty team of divers and hacks, managed by that infamous trophy-dodger and cheating south American, Po-cheat-tino.

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