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Bale To Miss Out, Aurier And Reguilon Start | Predicted 4-3-3 Tottenham Lineup Vs Manchester City

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Jack O’Brien
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Tottenham Hotspur will brace themselves for a tough challenge ahead when they host Manchester City on Saturday. The Lilywhites have had an excellent campaign this season but are facing a tough run of fixtures that will see them go head to head against clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool within the coming weeks. So it will be imperative for Jose Mourinho’s side to start on a positive note this weekend.

Predicted Tottenham Lineup Vs Manchester City

Defence

Matt Doherty has been ruled out for this fixture after contracting Covid-19 during the international break. Serge Aurier is the automatic option at right-back while Spurs could also welcome the in-form Sergio Reguilon on the opposite flank.

Fortunately for Mourinho, he won’t have to deal with too many absentees in the defensive department, meaning we could once again expect Eric Dier while Toby Alderweireld should get the nod ahead of Davinson Sanchez at the heart of Tottenham’s four-man backline. However, Joe Rodon was excellent during the international break and might also be an option.

Hugo Lloris, meanwhile, is a guaranteed starter in between the sticks as the Frenchman looks to bag his third clean sheet of the campaign.

Predicted Tottenham Lineup Vs Manchester City - Reguilon is set to return.
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Sergio Reguilon of Tottenham Hotspur warms up during the UEFA Europa League Group J stage match between Tottenham Hotspur and LASK at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 22, 2020, in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Midfield

One player who seems to have benefitted from the international break is Giovani Lo Celso. The playmaker was in excellent form with Argentina and is pushing for a start ahead of Tanguy Ndombele this weekend.

There might not be too many changes elsewhere in midfield though, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Moussa Sissoko set to continue in the double-pivot. Lo Celso is likely to operate in a slightly advanced role, hoping to provide the creative essence in the final third.

Attack

In the attack, Gareth Bale’s influence was crucial behind Wales’ win over the Republic of Ireland during the international break. Unfortunately, it remains unlikely that the Welshman will be given a start against Manchester City.

Bale’s potential absence could pave the way for Lucas Moura to come back into the attack while the likes of Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane are guaranteed starters in the Tottenham attack.

Unfortunately for Mourinho, he may not have too many alternatives in the final third as Erik Lamela is likely to be ruled out due to injury while Steven Bergwijn is a doubt after facing fitness problems. It leaves him with Bale and Carlos Vinicius as potential alternatives in the attacking department.

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