CB: Jan Vertonghen
Vertonghen is competing with Federico Fazio and Vlad Chiriches to partner Kaboul. Chiriches has been woeful this term, while Fazio has been sent off twice in just seven games. The Belgian international is therefore the obvious choice.
CM: Etienne Capoue
Despite being linked with a summer exit from White Hart Lane, Capoue has found favour under Pochettino, starting every league match.
CM: Ryan Mason
Since being handed his Premier League debut against Arsenal in September, Mason has partnered Capoue in Tottenham’s last five top-flight games.
AM: Cristian Eriksen
Eriksen is Tottenham’s go-to guy. He has not been on top form this season, but he is the Spurs player most capable of producing that little bit of individual magic against a disciplined team like Stoke.