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Tottenham predicted XI: Dele Alli should step back in vs Crystal Palace

Tottenham predicted XI: Dele Alli should step back in vs Crystal Palace

Tottenham Hotspur will be disappointed they didn’t leapfrog Arsenal by beating them in the north London derby at the Emirates just before the international break. Indeed, Spurs left the home of their rivals with a point after leading 2-0 just before half-time.

Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with his side’s performance in the full-blooded affair despite the anti-climactic result, and now that he has his wishes of the transfer window closing, the Argentine can start to build upon a positive display.

Up next for Spurs is the visit of Crystal Palace, before they head to Greece in the UEFA Champions League.

So, how will the Lilywhites line up this time around?

Harry Kane’s 10th goal in north London derbies last weekend was the Englishman’s third of the season and his ability in front of goal sees him remain Spurs’ most reliable attacking source. [WhoScored.com]

Behind Kane is the return of Dele Alli. The 23-year-old played 31 minutes against Arsenal, and now that he is fit (per the Evening Standard), he should keep Erik Lamela out the side. Last season, the England international outdid his teammate in pretty much every attacking metric, per WhoScored and has been a big part of Pochettino’s side since his arrival in 2015, so does have previous of working well in this system when fit.

Christian Eriksen will remain in north London for now, and his presence at the club is still vital in their trophy quest. The Dane scored in the north London derby, and his average of two key passes per game [WhoScored.com] show his importance in this season alone.

Elsewhere on the forward line, Son Heung-min should come in now that he has had two games under his belt. Son has proved once again he is always a threat, averaging four shots per game and two dribbles per game so far. [WhoScored.com]

Moussa Sissoko should keep his place in the side alongside Harry Winks, with Tanguy Ndombele and Eric Dier being assessed. Sissoko has played every minute for Spurs this season in the league [WhoScored.com], whilst Winks has averaged 75 passes per game at a 94% success rate (as per WhoScored.com).

Ben Davies made his comeback against Newcastle, playing two minutes, though Danny Rose should be in at left-back again, as the Englishman has played every game so far. [WhoScored.com]

Jan Vertonghen’s first 90 minutes of the season does not warrant him a start (as highlighted by The Guardian), with the Belgian at fault forPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equaliser.

Therefore, Davinson Sanchez (If deemed fit enough) will move back into the centre alongside Toby Alderweireld and subsequently push Kyle Walker-Peters in at right-back if he passes his assessment.

Sanchez has averaged 3.3 clearances per game [WhoScored.com], whilst Toby Alderweireld’s distribution remains key to Spurs’ attack, averaging 5.8 long balls and 76.5 passes per game out from the back (as per WhoScored.com).

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