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Hojbjerg, Skipp Miss Out | Predicted 3-4-3 Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs Leeds United

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Jack O’Brien
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Antonio Conte will be bracing himself for his first game at home as a Tottenham Hotspur manager as his team takes on Leeds United on Sunday. The Italian tactician had started his Spurs tenure with a goalless draw with Everton, but after two weeks of training, he will be better placed to assert his style of play, as his troops look to collect all three points against the struggling Leeds.

Predicted Tottenham Lineup Vs Leeds United

Defence

Antonio Conte was dealt with a major blow during the international break as Cristian Romero couldn’t continue in Argentina’s game against Brazil. He is unlikely to feature in this game for Spurs, paving the way for Davinson Sanchez to start at the right side of the back three.

With Romero missing out, the onus will be on Eric Dier to spearhead the Spurs defence using his experience and leadership qualities. He is set to partner Sanchez and Ben Davies in the three-man backline.

The left-back Davies is an interesting addition to the defence as the Welshman can effortlessly drift into a wider role and provide support for the attackers with his marauding runs forward.

There should be no changes in goal, with Hugo Lloris once again getting the nod ahead of Pierluigi Gollini.

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Midfield

In midfield, Tottenham are facing up to two major absentees. Oliver Skipp is facing a suspension due to the accumulation of yellow cards while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg might not recover from his knock.

As such, we could potentially witness Tanguy Ndombele forming the double-pivot alongside Harry Winks. The two need to step up their game if they are to help Tottenham dominate proceedings in the middle of the park.

Elsewhere, the Lilywhites are expected to continue with the wingback duo of Emerson Royal and Sergio Reguilon. Their collective offensive output could be vital to Tottenham’s chance creation this weekend.

Attack

Moving forward, Conte is likely to persist with the offensive trifecta of Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura. Kane has been in blistering form lately, netting two hat-tricks during the international break.

He will be keen on finding his first goal under Conte this weekend, using the additional creative support of Son and Lucas, who may also play a crucial role in Spurs’ first line of press.

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