How will Spurs line-up this weekend? This is what we think the Tottenham XI v Newcastle will look like.
Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to continue their unbeaten run in the Premier League when they welcome Newcastle United to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
However, last weekend’s 1-1 stalemate with West Bromwich Albion was Tottenham’s eighth draw in their 14 games without defeat since the opening day of the season.
Will Mauricio Pochettino make changes to ensure that his side pick up a win they need to keep pace at the top? CaughtOffside predicts how Spurs might line up below…
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GK: Hugo Lloris
Has kept clean sheets in two of his previous four Premier League appearances at White Hart Lane.
RB: Kyle Walker
Will replace Kieran Trippier after another midweek off for the Europa League win over Monaco.
CB: Toby Alderweireld
The former Southampton loanee has shored Spurs up and been one of the signings of the season.
CB: Jan Vertonghen
Alderweireld’s Belgian buddy will return to partner him after Kevin Wimmer got a run out on Thursday.
LB: Danny Rose
Pochettino has freely rotated at left-back this season and Rose currently has the nod over Ben Davies.
CM: Eric Dier
The England international picked up a knock in midweek and was substituted as a precaution, but is expected to be fit to continue his record of starting every Premier League game this season.
CM: Dele Alli
Has played in a more advanced role since Mousa Dembele came into the team, but may be asked to drop deeper with the Belgian carrying a foot injury, as Tottenham’s official website confirms. Nabil Bentaleb got an hour under his belt on Thursday but it may be too soon for him to start.
AMR: Erik Lamela
The Argentine scored his first career hat-trick against Monaco and so should be full of confidence.
AMC: Christian Eriksen
The Dane was not involved at all in midweek and is still a key figure for Spurs, but he needs to raise his game now that Nacer Chadli is fit again or he could lose his place.
AML: Son Heung-Min
Likely to replace Dembele. Tom Carroll is another option but Pochettino may take a look at Newcastle’s defensive record and feel that he can afford the luxury of another attacker.
ST: Harry Kane
Fair warning to Newcastle: Kane has scored nine goals in his last eight games and will be refreshed after a rare rest from European duty. Scored twice against the Magpies last term.