Premier League title chasing Tottenham welcome Newcastle in the Premier League looking to close the gap on the top two.
Sitting third behind Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino’s outfit came from behind to defeat Watford in midweek to leave them seven points behind leaders Liverpool.
Spurs welcomed back Son Heung-min in that win but remain without Harry Kane and Dele Alli, with Fernando Llorente set to deputise once more as they seek a third league win on the bounce.
Here’s how they could for Saturday’s clash.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Hugo Lloris (GK) – Returning in Wednesday’s win, Lloris will be seeking a ninth clean sheet of the campaign and an 82nd since his bow in the top flight.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) – In spite of circling rumours over his future in north London, the Belgian is having another solid season. His next task is to halt physical frontman Salomon Rondon.
Davinson Sanchez (CB) – Largely impressing in his second campaign at Tottenham, the Colombia international has enjoyed a regular run in the side since his return from injury in late December.
Jan Vertonghen (CB) – Getting back to full fitness after an injury hit campaign, the Belgian could be in line for just a 14th start.
Kieran Trippier (RM) – Possessing a wicked right foot, Trippier’s delivery from set pieces could be crucial to breaking down a stubborn Newcastle back line. With a goal and three assists this term, he’s a serious goal threat.
Christian Eriksen (CM) – The two-footed midfield magician pulls the strings in this side. With increased options out wide through the returning Son and Lucas Moura, any gaps behind the Newcastle back line could be punished by the Dane.
Harry Winks (CM) – Opening his account for the season in their stoppage time win over Fulham on matchday 23, the 22-year-old has fully justified his starting place ahead of fellow midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
Danny Rose (LM) – Enduring an ongoing battle with Ben Davies in this side, Rose has seemingly gained the upper hand in recent weeks, albeit while Davies is injured, and is seeking a third assist this campaign.
Lucas Moura (RF) – In line for a first start in six league games, the Brazilian will be desperate to replicate his fine early season form that saw him net three in his opening three outings.
Son Heung-min (LF) – Marking his return from the Asian Cup games with a goal in midweek, the South Korean is undoubtedly Spurs’ star man among this makeshift attacking trio. He’s been involved in 14 goals in just 18 appearances (nine goals, five assists). Having pulled up with cramp against Watford, he’ll be assessed ahead of Saturday.
Fernando Llorente (ST) – Match winner against Watford, the Spaniard will be brimming with confidence after recent criticism. If Spurs want to mount a serious challenge for the title, Llorente must contribute in place of his prolific number Kane.