Tottenham Hotspur will lock horns with Shkendija at the Ecolog Arena on Thursday hoping to pick up a win in their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round match. Spurs got back to winning ways in their last outing when they came from behind to beat Southampton by a 5-2 scoreline in the Premier League. That victory will give them a lot of confidence heading into this European clash away at North Macedonia.
Jose Mourinho will stick with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation and is expected to name a strong team for this contest versus Ernest Gjoka’s men. Both Giovani Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn could get a chance to impress as part of the North London outfit’s attack.
4-2-3-1 Tottenham Hotspur Predicted Lineup To Face Shkendija
Hugo Lloris could get the nod to operate in between the sticks for Spurs despite shipping in two goals versus the Saints on Sunday. Toby Alderweireld will partner Davinson Sanchez at the heart of Mourinho’s defence as they try to restrain the opposition from finding the back of the net later this week.
Serge Aurier will hope to put in an impressive showing at right-back while Sergio Reguilón makes his debut on the other side as the left-back. Both of them will have to figure out a way to be creative out from the wide areas as well as keep a solid defensive shape at the back.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Moussa Sissoko will anchor the Tottenham midfield as they focus on providing adequate protection for their teammates in defence. The dynamic duo will also have to be neat and tidy with their ball-distribution if Spurs intend to come away with a positive result from North Macedonia.
We can expect Bergwijn to stretch the pitch down the left flank while Erik Lamela looks to produce a productive display on the right. Lo Celso might get the nod to operate in the number ten position and will be asked to carry most of the creative burden in the final third.
Dele Alli and Heung-min Son will be available for selection on the bench as they await their chance to come on and influence the game in the second half if needed.
Harry Kane will once again get the opportunity to lead the line for the London giants down the middle. The English striker has scored in each of his last two starts, so he will be quietly confident heading into this contest versus Shkendija on Thursday.