Tottenham Hotspur will look to continue their unbeaten run in the Premier League, after their luck with VAR against Manchester City repeated itself last week, ensuring Mauricio Pochettino and his men left the home of the Premier League champions with a point.
Indeed, Spurs will welcome Newcastle United to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium later on today in their next Premier League fixture. The Magpies conceded three goals against Norwich City last time out and are yet to secure their first point of the campaign, so they’ll be hungry to get themselves up and running.
Nevertheless, with Spurs’ unbeaten record at stake, how will Mauricio Pochettino set his team up?
Kyle Walker-Peters has had to step up this season because of the sale of Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid, and it’s fair to say that he’s doing a rather solid job as the academy graduate was named as Spurs’ best defender last time out (as per Express) against Manchester City, despite partly being at fault for City’s first goal.
Alongside him in defence, Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld should keep their places having built a partnership in the opening two games, despite shipping three goals already. Although, Jan Vertonghen could soon enter the fray if things don’t go to plan at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium later on today.
With Tanguy Ndombele out, perhaps Eric Dier could come into shore up the engine room. Indeed, while the Magpies have struggled this season, the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron have averaged over 1 dribble per game, so turning to a man who averaged 1.3 tackles over the same period could be a good idea.
Indeed, with Son Heung-Min readily available after his suspension, Lucas Moura could shift out to the left and therefore force Christian Eriksen into the centre, which could result in Erik Lamela being dropped to the bench, despite receiving the highest rating (8/10) of any player for his performance against Manchester City (as per Express). The Lilywhites are set to face up against Arsenal in the north London derby next weekend, so it would make sense for Pochettino to give Son a healthy amount of minutes today in order to get him up to speed.
Harry Kane bagged a brace on the opening day of the season against Aston Villa, so he’ll be looking to build on his tally in what will be the club’s second home game of the campaign.
Furthermore, Dele Alli looks set for one more week on the sidelines, whilst summer signing Ryan Sessegnon and defender Juan Foyth remain unavailable for at least another three weeks, as Ben Davies rejoined the team this week.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!