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Winks & Tanganga Set To Return | Predicted 3-4-2-1 Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs Chelsea

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Jack O’Brien
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Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a place in the final of the Carabao Cup as they lock horns with Chelsea on Wednesday. The game hosted at Stamford Bridge will serve as the first leg of the semi-final, with Antonio Conte hoping to make an impression against his former club, in front of their stadium. His side has remained unbeaten in domestic competitions so far, most recently securing a narrow win over Watford.

Predicted Tottenham Lineup Vs Chelsea

Defence

Tottenham Hotspur only have one real defensive absentee in the form of Cristian Romero. The Argentine is still struggling from a thigh injury he suffered earlier on in the campaign.

His absence leaves Conte with very little room to make team rotation, although the Italian is expected to recall Japhet Tanganga at the expense of Ben Davies. The Englishman is hoping to renew his defensive combination alongside Eric Dier and the in-form Davinson Sanchez, who has netted two goals in his last five matches.

There should be no changes in goal either, with Hugo Lloris retaining his place in the side, especially after a brilliant display against Watford on Saturday.

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RENNES, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 16: Japhet Tanganga of Tottenham Hotspur runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa Conference League group G match between Stade Rennes and Tottenham Hotspur at Roazhon Park on September 16, 2021 in Rennes, France. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)
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Midfield

Conte is unlikely to make too many changes in the midfield unit, knowing how important the Carabao Cup is, in the context of Tottenham’s struggles in winning silverware.

However, we can expect Oliver Skipp to make way for Harry Winks. The latter should add more energy in midfield alongside the ever-reliable figure of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who should play a vital role in helping Tottenham disrupt Chelsea’s flow in the middle of the park.

Elsewhere in the second line of press, Emerson Royal remains a favourite to continue at right wingback, ahead of Matt Doherty, whereas Ryan Sessegnon’s injury means Sergio Reguilon is guaranteed to start on the opposite flank.

Attack

On the attacking side of things, Conte might be tempted to start with Tanguy Ndombele in case he prefers having more numbers in midfield. Ideally, though, Lucas Moura remains a favourite to retain his place in the team.

The Brazilian is expected to form the offensive trifecta alongside Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane, who has been in brilliant form in recent weeks and will hope to make life difficult for the Chelsea defence this midweek.

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