Mauricio Pochettino will look to put off-field speculation behind him as he leads his side into a testing Premier League clash against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.
Spurs claimed revenge against Arsenal with victory in yet another fiery north London derby last Wednesday, as Tottenham secured a 0-2 win to eliminate their bitter rivals from the Carabao Cup.
Pochettino’s side followed that win up with a 2-6 thrashing of Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, setting the north Londoners up in electric form ahead of their Boxing Day showdown.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Hugo Lloris (GK) – Paulo Gazzaniga has performed admirably in the Carabao Cup for Spurs and in Lloris’ recent absence from the side, but the Frenchman remains Spurs’ captain and undisputed number one in goal.
Kieran Trippier (RB) – Though Serge Aurier had enjoyed an extended run in the side in Trippier’s absence from injury, the tables have now turned with the Ivorian now injured and the England international fit again to regain his first choice status at right back.
Davinson Sanchez (CB) – Having been declared fit again ahead of Sunday’s clash with Everton, Sanchez’s return was timely in easing Spurs’ recent defensive issues. Juan Foyth has stepped up impressively in recent weeks, whilst Ben Davies was shifted inside to central defence for the recent cup win over Arsenal. Sanchez should be restored to add greater experience and natural command in the centre of defence on Wednesday.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) – In the absence of compatriot Jan Vertonghen, Alderweireld has found himself an important figure at the back under Mauricio Pochettino once more, despite the ongoing uncertainties over his future at the club beyond this season.
Ben Davies (LB) – Danny Rose captained his side to victory over Arsenal in midweek from left back as Davies shifted inside the back line, but with Spurs’ defensive options more replenished ahead of Wednesday the Welshman should return to a more familiar role.
Moussa Sissoko (CM) – The surprise star of Tottenham’s season so far, Sissoko has been drafted in from the periphery to assume a more prominent role in the Spurs engine room, and will continue in the absences of Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele.
Harry Winks (CM) – Another who is enjoying an increased role of importance in the middle of the park amid a flurry of injuries in the engine room, Winks should be handed another chance to display his growing influence at the heart of Pochettino’s midfield on Wednesday.
Christian Eriksen (CM) – As the maestro and chief creator for his side, Eriksen’s starting position in the advanced midfield positions is far from indicative of the free-roaming role that the Danish international enjoys in pulling the strings for his side.
Erik Lamela (CAM) – Lamela may be given a starting berth ahead of Dele Alli, who went off injured against Everton and is a doubt for Wednesday’s clash.
Harry Kane (ST) – After scoring a brace in Sunday’s win over Everton, Kane will be keen to keep the goals coming at Wembley on Boxing Day. The England captain will fancy his chances against a Cherries side who have fallen victim to the firepower of some of the Premier League’s other top sides in recent weeks.
Lucas Moura (ST) – While Son Heung-min was electric against Everton, netting twice and grabbing an assist, Pochettino may elect to freshen things up and start Lucas, who’s scored twice in his last six games.