Tottenham Hotspur host London rivals Chelsea knowing a win would take them into the top four.
Do Spurs need to sign serious competition for Harry Kane?
It’s been a remarkable turnaround for them since the arrival of new head coach Jose Mourinho; they were 14th when the Portuguese arrived in north London.
They’ve won four of his five league games in charge, including a 5-0 demolition of Burnley and a recent away victory over Wolves.
Chelsea’s form has been much worse, losing four of their last five games, which has seen them drop off the pace of the leaders.
A Tottenham win would take move them level on points with Frank Lampard’s men, but they would have a superior goal difference.
So how will Spurs lineup?
Paulo Gazzaniga should continue to deputise in goal, even though he’s kept just four clean sheets in 16 appearances this season. Mourinho looks very settled on his favoured back four. Ivorian Serge Aurier is his man on the right, with a partnership of Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez in the middle. Experienced Belgian Jan Vertonghen has been filling in on the left, and has impressed, getting a goal and an assist in his last two games.
Midfield has been more of a conundrum for Mourinho, simply because he has more options. The midfield that played at Wolves may be retained, but the likes of Harry Winks and Giovani Lo Celso will be waiting in the wings. Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli present a combative midfield for such a big game, with Alli being the presence with an attacking threat. He has scored four goals and registered two assists since Mourinho’s arrival at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Lucas Moura’s goal in the win at Molineux makes a case for him to retain his place against the Blues. Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane’s imperious form doesn’t bode well for Chelsea. Son’s incredible solo goal against Burnley was backed up by two strikes from his captain.
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