Tottenham Hotspur begin their busy festive period by hosting Norwich City on Boxing Day.
Last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Southampton took Spurs into the top four and they will now be hoping to put a winning run together to keep tabs with frontrunners Arsenal and Leicester City.
With a difficult trip to high-flying Watford, who are just a point behind them in the Premier League table, only 48 hours later, will Mauricio Pochettino rest players against the Canaries?
Here, CaughtOffside predicts what lineup the Argentine will go with at White Hart Lane…
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GK: Hugo Lloris
Goalkeepers do not feel the same fatigue as outfield players do so the Tottenham and France captain should be more than ready for two games as many days.
RB: Kieran Trippier
The capable 25-year-old may make a long-awaited first Premier League start for Spurs if Pochettino choose to hold Kyle Walker back for the Watford game.
CB: Toby Alderweireld
Named in Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry’s team of the season so far for Sky Sports. Pochettino is highly unlikely to risk resting the rock-solid Belgian defender.
CB: Jan Vertonghen
Has played every minute of every Premier League game this season alongside Alderweireld. Was excellent against Graziano Pelle and the rest of the Saints.
LB: Ben Davies
The Guardian reports that Danny Rose is available again after illness, but Davies may keep his place. The two have split left-back duties pretty evenly for Spurs.
CM: Eric Dier
Plays such a crucial role protecting his back four and is a significant reason why Spurs have the joint-best defensive record in the division, conceding 14 in 17 games.
CM: Nabil Bentaleb
Mousa Dembele’s fitness record is sketchy and he may be saved for Watford. Tom Carroll struggled against Newcastle United so Bentaleb may get the nod for a first start since August.
AML: Son Heung-Min
The South Korean has been on the bench for Tottenham’s last couple of league matches, but may be given an opportunity to impress while Christian Eriksen is held in reserve.
AMC: Dele Alli
Is in such good form that Pochettino may not want to risk upsetting his momentum. Has goals in his last two away games and offers Harry Kane valuable support in that regard.
AMR: Erik Lamela
Lamela too has been playing well of late. The Argentine playmaker is improving every week and a goal and win against the Canaries would take his confidence to the next level.
ST: Harry Kane
Clinton N’Jie undergoing knee surgery means Kane’s chances of a rest are slim, but Tottenham’s homegrown hero will see this as a great chance to build on his league tally of nine.
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