Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Bet 365 Stadium as they look to extend their unbeaten run thus far and gather some momentum as the teams regroup after an early International break. While Spurs are on 5 points after 3 games with a couple of draws against the tricky Merseyside teams, Pochettino will understand his troops have failed to gel properly as of yet. His main protagonists from last season, namely- Harry Kane and Dele Alli have yet to come up with a performance of any note. So the Argentine will be looking to get his house in order before the fixtures start coming thick and fast onto them. Momentum will be crucial as they head into the Champions League territory in a couple of weeks’ time.
However, they will have to take care of business at Stoke as they face a determined team who are desperate to get their first win under the belt. And after a successful deadline day, the Potters will be eager to get down to business having failed to click as a unit till now. With new personnel like Wilfried Bony and Bruno Martins Indi they look a more formidable outfit. Tottenham will be wary of the potential banana skin in the fixture and will try to pocket 3 points from the lash.
HERE IS THE PREDICTED TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR LINE-UP VS STOKE CITY (4-2-3-1)
Michel Vorm will most likely enjoy his extended stay in the team as Hugo Lloris recovers from his injury. Walker will continue in his right-back spot and the centre back pairing will be the usual duo of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. Danny Rose will be at left-back and the settled back four of Spurs gives him an edge over the changing defensive personnel all over the league.
Dembele is suspended and thus the pair of Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama will form the double pivot. They have been joined by Sissoko who will be pressing for a place in the first team. Dele Alli will be given a couple of more chances in the No.10 role before the pressure begins to mount on the English International.
Eriksen signed a new deal and will be looking to celebrate that with his first attacking returns of this campaign from the left-hand side of the attacking trio. Lamela has enjoyed a sort of renaissance and will look to attain a level of consistency seldom seen in his game. Harry Kane will initially start up front.