Tottenham Hotspur were leading the Premier League title race until they locked horns with Liverpool and Leicester City in successive gameweeks. Back to back defeats have been a major blow, however, Jose Mourinho’s men are not ready to back down just yet ahead of their trip to Molineux to clash heads with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday night.
Wolves are still struggling for goals in the absence of Raul Jimenez high up the pitch, but their triumph over Chelsea remains a statement of intent and grit against the heavyweights. The Lilywhites, on the other hand, are back to winning ways this midweek following their League Cup quarterfinal victory over Stoke City and it is to be seen now how the gaffer sets his strategy during the Christmas eve.
4-2-3-1 Tottenham Hotspur Predicted Lineup To Face Wolves
Mourinho, meanwhile, fielded a strong line-up against the Potters to avoid an upset and opted for Hugo Lloris between the sticks over Joe Hart. The skipper would retain his place in goal and motivate the team to bounce back before it gets too late.
Serge Aurier should return and reclaim the right-back role over Matt Doherty. He would have a tricky test though against Pedro Neto whereas Ben Davies must get the nod over Sergio Reguilon for his experience and defensive traits. The Welshman scored the much-needed go-ahead goal against Stoke but would mostly focus on containing Adama Traore down the wide due to the latter’s ability to dismantle the shape with his pace and power. Toby Alderweireld is having a rough run of late but should still be preferred in the heart of the backline alongside Eric Dier due to experience and expertise.
The veteran Portuguese chief has got some flexible midfield options who are capable of changing the shape depending upon the mood of the match. But the manager is likely to start with a double pivot of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Moussa Sissoko who have been amazing so far with their work ethics and adaptability.
With Giovani Lo Celso set to miss out on the festive fixtures, Tanguy Ndombele is likely to find a place in the advanced midfield slot having been rested against Michael O’Neill’s men. Gareth Bale felt a calf strain following his first-half goal and might not make it for the Wolves tie. Steven Bergwijn might be recalled into action down the right-hand flank, but the focus would be on sensational Heung-min Son who is in sublime scoring form from his left-wing slot.
Hitman Harry Kane is back among goals as the Son-Kane duo has taken the league by storm so far this year. Carlos Vinícius has been a decent addition upfront and the Benfica loanee (having impressed in Europa League with 3 goals and assists each) would continue to feature as the understudy to the Three Lions skipper.