Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to retain their place at the top of the Premier League table when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Sunday. The Lilywhites kickstarted their tough run of fixtures with a 2-0 win over Manchester City last weekend and are currently one of the most in-form teams in Europe. But it will be interesting to see whether or not that would be enough for Jose Mourinho to get the better of his former employer.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs Chelsea
Mourinho confirmed in midweek that Toby Alderweireld could be out for two to three weeks after picking up an injury against Man City. His absence this weekend should pave the way for Davinson Sanchez to retain his place in the starting eleven, with the Colombian international set to partner Eric Dier at the heart of Spurs’ four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Serge Aurier and Sergio Reguilon were both rested in the midweek fixture against Ludogorets in the UEFA Europa League. So these two should replace Matt Doherty and Ben Davies in the starting lineup and occupy the fullback positions.
There could be another change in the defensive department, with Joe Hart making way for Hugo Lloris, who is looking to register his fourth clean sheet of the campaign this weekend.
Further changes are expected in midfield, where Moussa Sissoko and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are guaranteed starters after being rested in midweek, though the latter did appear as a second-half substitute. They should replace Harry Winks and Dele Alli, though both the Englishmen impressed in the 4-0 win over Ludogorets.
Tanguy Ndombele, meanwhile, should retain his place in the side, ahead of Giovani Lo Celso. It was, however, surprising to see him starting on Thursday, though he was taken off around the hour-mark. We could expect a similar scenario this weekend as well.
Moving forward, Mourinho is set to recall two of his most trusted attackers in Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane, who will spearhead the Tottenham attack this weekend.
Son is an option out wide, but given the trend we have witnessed so far, it won’t be surprising to see him shift into a central role with Kane operating much deeper – almost as a number ten.
The remaining attacking slot should go in favour of Steven Bergwijn. The Dutchman was somewhat impressive against Man City, so he is likely to get the nod ahead of Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale.