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Nuno Espirito Santo To Ring In The Changes | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs Burnley

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Jack O’Brien
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Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a place in the quarterfinal of the Carabao Cup as they take on Burnley on Wednesday. The Lilywhites are heading into this game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to West Ham, but that shouldn’t deter Nuno Espirito Santo from resting the majority of star players, as the Portuguese tactician keeps one eye on the upcoming game against Manchester United on the weekend.

Predicted Tottenham Lineup Vs Burnley

Defence

Tottenham Hotspur do not have too many injury issues heading into this game. Nuno, though, is likely to bench both of his first-choice centre-backs in Cristian Romero and Eric Dier.

Davinson Sanchez and Joe Rodon are favourites to take their place, hoping to avoid the dismal performance they showcased during last week’s Conference League game against Vitesse.

Further changes are expected in the fullback department, with Japhet Tanganga and Ben Davies coming in at the expense of Emerson Royal and Sergio Reguilon this midweek.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, the only impressive performer in the defeat to West Ham, is also likely to make way for new signing Pierluigi Gollini in between the sticks.

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Midfield

The same rotation will be applied in midfield as well. Last week, Harry Winks and Giovani Lo Celso were far from their best against Vitesse and one would imagine that a similar display this time around could potentially jeopardize their chances of making a breakthrough into the starting eleven.

As for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp, they are set to be rested ahead of the vital encounter against Manchester United. The same can be said for Tanguy Ndombele, with Dele Alli hoping to replace the Frenchman in the number ten role. It will be a vital game for the Englishman, who has once again fallen down the pecking order.

Attack

Moving forward, Nuno might want to retain the services of Harry Kane rather than once again rotating him with Dane Scarlett. The Englishman needs some confidence and a good performance against league strugglers Burnley could give him just that.

There will be changes elsewhere, though, with Son Heung-Min being a prime candidate to be given a breather. He may join Lucas Moura on the bench, as Nuno looks to deploy the wide attacking duo of Steven Bergwijn and new signing Bryan Gil.

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