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Mourinho To Ring In The Changes | Predicted 4-3-3 Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs Chelsea

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

The Special One will clash against his former team this midweek as Chelsea lock horns with Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup Round of 16 on Tuesday. The Lilywhites were unlucky with a penalty decision late on as Newcastle United sealed a point in the dying embers of the game. That said, Spurs have fared well under Jose Mourinho so far, and it will be interesting to see how they cope with Chelsea this midweek.

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs Chelsea

Defence

Expect Mourinho to make wholesale changes given the fact that Tottenham have another game on Thursday, in the UEFA Europa League. So it won’t be surprising to see Joe Hart once again making a return in goal, at the expense of Hugo Lloris.

Serge Aurier started as a right-back against Shkendija last week, and the Ivorian is a favourite to do so once again. Ben Davies, meanwhile, may also get a rest as new signing Sergio Reguilon is finally fit for selection. The Spaniard should operate at left-back.

In central defence, Tottenham are still missing out on the services of Japhet Tanganga. So one of either Davinson Sanchez or Eric Dier will have to start alongside Toby Alderweireld, at the heart of the four-man backline this week. The Colombian is likely to get the nod ahead of his English teammate.

Predicted Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs Chelsea - 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

Harry Winks is expected to retain his place in the starting lineup despite being an ever-present figure in the Tottenham midfield. He will form the double-pivot alongside Gedson Fernandes, with new signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg likely to be rested for the UEFA Europa League qualifying playoff match against Maccabi Haifa on Thursday.

Giovani Lo Celso operated in the advanced midfield role in the last game. However, the Argentine might make way for Tanguy Ndombele in this fixture, while the future of star player Dele Alli still remains uncertain.

Attack

Son Heung-Min was hooked off at half-time, and it has revealed that the South Korean international will be out for a “while” after picking up a hamstring problem. It means Harry Kane will now have to spearhead the Tottenham attack.

The English international is likely to be partnered by Steven Bergwijn on the left flank while Erik Lamela should replace Lucas Moura on the opposite side.

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