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Kulusevski And Bentancur To Start | Predicted 3-4-2-1 Tottenham Hotspur Lineup vs Burnley

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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.

After a morale-boosting 3-2 win over Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur will be aiming to further make a push for the top four spots as they take on Burnley on Wednesday. The north London giants are currently eighth in the league table, but could potentially overtake seventh-placed Wolves and even go level on points with Arsenal by the end of the midweek matchday.

Predicted Tottenham Lineup vs Burnley

Defence

Tottenham Hotspur’s last game against Manchester City saw the return of Eric Dier. The Englishman is a vital asset to the Spurs defence and his experience and leadership could again be critical against Burnley this midweek.

Dier should operate at the heart of Tottenham’s three-man backline, partnering Cristian Romero and Ben Davies on either side, although Davinson Sanchez is also an option, should Antonio Conte look to shuffle his defence. Japhet Tanganga, meanwhile, remains out due to injury.

In goal, there is no looking past Hugo Lloris, with the veteran French goalkeeper hoping for a quiet day at the office up against the Burnley frontline. However, he will need to remain alert on set-pieces, especially with Wout Weghorst spearheading the Clarets frontline.

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Midfield

Tottenham have once again lost Oliver Skipp through injury, meaning the onus will be on the central midfield duo of Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to form the double-pivot.

Their collective work ethic, coupled with their aggression should play a key role in helping Tottenham dominate the proceedings. However, it will be equally important for them to do well in possession, given Tottenham are likely to dominate the ball.

Elsewhere, Sergio Reguilon could miss out once again due to COVID-19, paving the way for young Ryan Sessegnon to operate at left wing-back. There should be no such changes on the opposite flank, with Emerson Royal once again getting the nod ahead of Matt Doherty.

Attack

Dejan Kulusevski’s excellent performance powered Tottenham to a vital win over Manchester City on the weekend. It is hard to imagine the Swede being dropped to the bench, as he looks to form a deadly partnership alongside Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane.

Kulusevski and Son should operate in wider areas, with Kane spearheading the Spurs frontline, hoping to continue on his excellent performance against Manchester City on the weekend.

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