Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are set to lock horns against each other in the London derby at the Stamford Bridge tomorrow. Antonio Conte’s entourage would be keen to curtail the 5-point gap between them and Spurs whereas Mauricio Pochettino’s troops would be looking to solidify their position inside the top-four spots in the Premier League table.
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Harry Kane is still nursing his ankle injury and it is highly unlikely that he would be rushed into the starting line-up against the Blues. Besides, Harry Winks remains sidelined with his ankle complaints. Toby Alderweireld is also a major doubt for the upcoming fixture.
Here is how we expect Pochettino to roll out his starting XI against Chelsea.
Hugo Lloris is set to be stationed between the sticks once again. The 31-year-old shot-stopper has notched up 13 clean sheets from 28 league appearances this season, making 1.82 saves per game on an average, and has been an instrumental figure for the club.
Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez are seemingly likely to be stationed at the heart of the defence of the Lilywhites. Both these players have been rock-solid at the back more often than not and it would not be easy for Chelsea’s attackers to breach past them.
Kieran Trippier brings a lot of pace and exuberance down the right and he is anticipated to get the green light from Pochettino to start from the right-back slot. The left-back slot is expected to be taken up by Ben Davies owing to the fine balance he knits between his offensive endeavours and defensive duties.
Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele are expected to be paired as the central defensive midfielder to cushion their side’s defensive line as well as to dictate the tempo of the game. The duo would be keen to make their presence felt. Meanwhile, Dele Alli has been stupendous this season and is seemingly likely to operate from the no.10 spot.
With 12 goals and 4 assists in 29 Premier League outings so far this season, Heung-Min Son is start up top against Chelsea. His knack to smash goals and create chances for his teammates has been notable and certainly has the potential to make an impact in such a big game.
Christian Eriksen’s pace and creativity could see him being chalked at the right-wing whereas, from the left-wing, we expect Erik Lamela to start. They need to feed the striker regularly and have to regularly cut inside from the flanks to test opposition’s goalkeeper.