Tottenham Hotspur welcome Leicester City to White Hart Lane for the second time in four days tonight in a significant match at the top of the Premier League.
The two Champions League chasers drew 2-2 in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, with Harry Kane’s 89th-minute penalty rescuing an away replay for Spurs.
Now attention turns back to the top-four race. Will Mauricio Pochettino revert to his strongest XI? Here, CaughtOffside predicts Tottenham’s starting lineup…
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GK: Hugo Lloris
Tottenham’s captain was given a rare rest over the weekend but will be back in goal this evening, taking the armband from stand-in skipper Danny Rose.
RB: Kyle Walker
Has not played a single cup match this campaign to afford Kieran Trippier opportunities, but has started 19 of Tottenham’s 20 games in the top-flight.
CB: Toby Alderweireld
Likely to be the only member of Sunday’s back four to keep his place – demonstrating his importance to Spurs and their division-best defensive record.
CB: Jan Vertonghen
Alderweireld will have his usual Belgian partner in crime back alongside him. Kevin Wimmer did okay in the cup, but Vertonghen has been excellent all season.
LB: Ben Davies
Danny Rose captained Spurs in the first of the Leicester double header, but is unlikely to even start this evening due to the good form of Davies at left-back.
CM: Eric Dier
Not at his most effective on Saturday, but will have a massive job to do tonight, protecting his defence from the vicious Mahrez and Vardy-led counter-attacks.
CM: Tom Carroll
Mousa Dembele is back in contention and would be a great option to bring off the bench for the final half hour – when Spurs have often let games slip this season.
AMR: Erik Lamela
It is a measure of Lamela’s drastic improvement this season that he is now among the key players who Pochettino wants to save for big league games such as this one.
AMC: Dele Alli
Fresh off the back of a weekend rest, of sorts, and signing a new and improved five-year contract at the Lane, the 19-year-old should be raring to go come 8.00pm.
AML: Christian Eriksen
Scored his first goal since October to give Tottenham the lead in the 2-2 draw. He only has four in 23 games this term, but should still keep Nacer Chadli on the bench.
ST: Harry Kane
Tottenham’s saviour on Sunday was badly missed from the starting XI as Spurs lacked any sort of focal point in attack. Not close to being the same team without him.
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