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Tottenham Hotspur team news: Giovani Lo Celso should come in against Sheffield United

Tottenham Hotspur team news: Giovani Lo Celso should come in against Sheffield United

Spurs’ Champions League win on Wednesday night proved there could be a way back for Mauricio Pochettino, and he’ll be desperate to continue the form in this weekend’s game against Sheffield United.

He’ll have confidence in keeping the front four the same after putting four past Red Star Belgrade, but they’ll face a stronger attacking threat on Saturday, so the manager may want to bring more capable defenders into the team.

How will Spurs line-up against Sheffield United?

Harry Kane has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the squad for last weekend’s disappointing draw at Everton, and he should start in the hope of resuming his goalscoring form of three in two games before the illness.

Giovani Lo Celso should come in to make his first Premier League start after his goal and 8.63/10-rated performance (WhoScored) in the Champions League, and that means dropping Christian Eriksen.

The Dane scored after coming on as a sub against Red Star but comparing Lo Celso’s start to Eriksen’s 6.02/10 (WhoScored) performance when he started against Everton proves the latter should be in the starting 11 on Saturday.

Heung-min Son and Dele Alli should keep their spots and play in front of Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Winks, who will take Moussa Sissoko’s spot in the 11 in a hope to rekindle some form after he ‘struggled’ against Liverpool, according to Sky Sports, who rated him 5/10 that day.

Toby Alderweireld is expected to return to the starting line-up too after being kept on the bench on Wednesday, while Pochettino will hope 26-year-old Serge Aurier will step up after being replaced by Juan Foyth, 21, in midweek.

Ben Davies replaced the suspended Danny Rose against Aston Villa and showed he ‘is better defensively’, according to Spurs fan site Tottenham Blog, so we expect him to keep his Premier League spot as Pochettino hunts for his first Premier League clean sheet since September against Crystal Palace.

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