Predicted Tottenham XI v Swansea: 5 changes for Spurs – Kane to play but Alli rested for London derbies

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Tottenham Hotspur begin a massive week in their Premier League title quest with a visit from Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs follow their clash with the Welsh outfit with a trip to West Ham United and the biggest North London derby in recent memory.

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Mauricio Pochettino will have to manage his squad carefully through the next six days. So what lineup will he go with against Swansea?

Here’s how we see Spurs starting against the Swans:

GK: Hugo Lloris

Returned from a minor shoulder injury to help Spurs progress to the Europa League last 16 in midweek.

RB: Kyle Walker

Sat out Thursday’s 3-0 win over Fiorentina but will return in place of the unfortunate Kieran Tripper.

Kyle Walker Tottenham

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Has played every minute of Tottenham’s Premier League campaign, and barely put a foot wrong.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

Passed a big test at Manchester City a fortnight ago and is looking more confident with every game.

LB: Danny Rose

The rotation policy that Pochettino has with Rose and Ben Davies means that the Englishman will play Swansea City and Arsenal this week, with Davies coming in to face the Hammers.

CM: Eric Dier

Along with Alderweireld and Wimmer, the England international will probably play all of Tottenham’s four games in nine days – continuity which is vital to their good defensive record.

CM: Nabil Bentaleb

The Algerian has not started a league game since August, but may be called upon to give Ryan Mason a breather ahead of the London derbies. Mousa Dembele and Tom Carroll are both sidelined.

Nabil Bentaleb & Mousa Dembele

AMR: Erik Lamela

Scored his sixth Europa League goal of the season against Fiorentina, having missed Tottenham’s previous two games with illness. Back to full health now and should start again.

AMC: Christian Eriksen

Dele Alli has had a big workload of late and could be afforded a rest with bigger challenges on the horizon, allowing Eriksen to shift inside and play in his most natural No.10 role.

AML: Son Heung-Min

Did not feature in midweek and should therefore offer Tottenham a fresh burst of energy down the left.

ST: Harry Kane

Tottenham’s only recognised striker was not risked on Thursday after breaking his nose, but is expected to play against Swansea while wearing a protective mask, according to the Evening Standard.

Tottenham lineup v Swansea

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