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Reguilon And Lamela To Return | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs Crystal Palace

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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.

Tottenham Hotspur face Crystal Palace on Sunday, hoping to extend their Premier League winning run to three games. The Lilywhites are coming on the back of a lucky win against Fulham in midweek, but things could get even trickier versus the Eagles, who are yet to concede a single goal in their last two league matches.

Predicted Tottenham Lineup Vs Crystal Palace

Defence

A late knock denied Serge Aurier the opportunity to start against Fulham. However, following yet another below-par performance from Matt Doherty, one could expect Jose Mourinho to recall the Ivorian in the right-back position.

There could be another change on the opposite flank, with Palace’s defensive attitude likely to tempt Mourinho to bring Sergio Reguilon back into the setup. The Spaniard offers better offensive support when compared to the more defensively stable Ben Davies.

There should be no changes in central defence, however, as Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez continue to form their partnership at the heart of the four-man backline. Hugo Lloris, too, has been in good form and is hoping for another clean sheet this weekend.

Predicted Tottenham Lineup Vs Crystal Palace - These two will start.
Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates victory with team mate Sergio Reguilon following the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Paul Childs – Pool/Getty Images)

Midfield

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is almost a guaranteed starter at the base of Tottenham’s 4-2-3-1. The Dane’s ball-winning ability, combined with his aggression, tenacity and work ethic make him a vital cog in the second half.

However, it is imperative that Hojbjerg receives proper support, so the onus will be on Tanguy Ndombele to add that extra pinch of productivity in the middle of the park. The former Lyon starlet should continue to operate in the number eight role, while Mourinho does have the option of Moussa Sissoko or Harry Winks should he adopt a more defensive approach.

Attack

Dele Alli was given a rare start in the number ten role, in the absence of Giovani Lo Celso. The Englishman, though, may have to settle for a place on the bench as Erik Lamela hopes for a deserved call-up.

The Argentine should get the nod ahead of Lucas Moura due to his late cameo against Fulham while Gareth Bale and Son Heung-Min remain guaranteed starters in the wider attacking positions. Lucas, though, is likely to appear as a second-half substitute for Bale.

And finally, the Tottenham attack should be spearheaded by Harry Kane, who is looking for a better outing, following a disastrous display against Fulham in midweek.

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