Tottenham Hotspur will go in search of a third straight win when they visit Watford this afternoon.
Spurs have climbed into the Premier League’s top four courtesy of back-to-back victories over Southampton and Norwich City, and are building momentum in this wide-open title race.
Will Mauricio Pochettino risk that momentum by rotating his squad 48 hours after their match against the Canaries? Here, CaughtOffside predicts the Tottenham lineup at Vicarage Road…
GK: Hugo Lloris
One place where Pochettino certainly won’t be rotating is in goal. Lloris has responded to his pair of mistakes against Newcastle United with two clean sheets.
DR: Kieran Trippier
Pochettino has shown that he trusts the former Burnley defender by playing him in the Europa League, and may hand him a first Premier League start for Tottenham, giving Kyle Walker a rest.
DC: Toby Alderweireld
Tottenham have the best defensive record in the division and the outstanding summer signing must take a lot of credit for that. Also a threat from attacking set pieces.
DC: Jan Vertonghen
In Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, Watford have one of the most dangerous strike forces in the country. Pochettino will not risk fiddling with his first-choice centre-back pairing.
DL: Danny Rose
One position where Spurs have two players who are easily interchangeable is left-back. Ben Davies has started the last two games but Rose may get a recall to provide some fresh energy.
CM: Eric Dier
Will have a very important role to play. Deeney often drops into the pocket to collect the ball and Dier must ensure that the Watford skipper does not get too much space.
CM: Mousa Dembele
The Belgian was substituted late on in the Norwich win as a precaution, but he will start if fit. Tom Carroll is on standby fresh off the back of his first Premier League goal.
AMR: Son Heung-Min
Erik Lamela has been a consistently good performer on the Tottenham right over the last couple of months, but a fresh Son is in reserve and may be given a chance to impress.
AMC: Dele Alli
The teenage prodigy is in outstanding form and has been a real difference-maker for Tottenham in recent weeks. He has two goals and two assists in his last three matches.
AML: Christian Eriksen
The Dane being spared the final 20 minutes against Norwich suggests that he is firmly in Pochettino’s plans – a blow to Nacer Chadli who may have been hoping for a start.
ST: Harry Kane
Broke Teddy Sheringham’s club record for Premier League goals in a calendar year with his 26th and 27 of 2015 against Norwich. Will hope to end a fantastic 12 months with a bang.
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