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Lo Celso & Alderweireld To Return | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs West Ham United

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Jack O’Brien
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Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to rekindle their winning momentum when they host London rivals West Ham United on Tuesday. The Lilywhites are coming on the back of a disappointing yet promising 1-1 draw with Manchester United. And a win this week could be imperative if they are to maintain their challenge for a Europa League place this season.

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs West Ham United

Defence

Toby Alderweireld was on the bench in the game against Manchester United. He should return to the starting lineup this time around, replacing Eric Dier, whose silly tackle on Marcus Rashford had led to the penalty.

Davinson Sanchez, meanwhile, was excellent in the last game and should retain his place in the side. He is expected to form the central defensive partnership alongside Alderweireld. Japhet Tanganga, however, is unlikely to return as he is suffering from a back problem.

The youngster’s absence should allow Ben Davies to preserve his role at left-back, ahead of Jan Vertonghen while Serge Aurier is also a guaranteed starter on the opposite flank. Both these players, however, need to improve their defensive game.

And finally, in goal, Hugo Lloris will look to continue his promising performances, looking to keep a vital clean sheet this midweek.

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs West Ham United - Alderweireld set to return.
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Toby Alderweireld warms up prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 26, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Midfield

Tanguy Ndombele was on the bench against Manchester United in the weekend. However, the marquee signing is unlikely to get the nod ahead of Moussa Sissoko in central midfield as the latter had been excellent in the last game.

Sissoko’s aggression and work-ethic are the quality Jose Mourinho’s side were missing, and those characteristics could be crucial against West Ham on Tuesday. The Frenchman will be provided additional support by the ever-present figure of Harry Winks in the double-pivot of Spurs’ 4-2-3-1 formation.

Attack

Erik Lamela was decent when deployed in a number ten role against the Red Devils. However, the Argentine is much more suited to the part of a super-sub as his energy always tends to be useful during the latter stages of the game. It means Giovani Lo Celso is tipped to replace his compatriot in the starting lineup this week.

The in-form playmaker should be partnered by Son Heung-Min and Steven Bergwijn on the flanks, with Harry Kane spearheading the Tottenham attack. Lucas Moura could be fit for this game too and will provide Mourinho with an additional option in the final third along with Ryan Sessegnon.

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