Tottenham Hotspur face Crystal Palace this afternoon in what could be Jan Vertonghen’s final game for the club.
After thumping Leicester City 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Spurs know they must win at Selhurst Park and hope their bitter rivals Chelsea beat Wolves to qualify for the Europa League.
Jose Mourinho has named an unchanged side for the victories over Leicester, Arsenal and Newcastle, but he may have to call in a couple of replacements at this late stage in the competition.
Vertonghen and Michael Vorm are expected to bid farewell to the club after 14 years of service between them in north London.
If Spurs beat the Eagles, they will usurp Wolves in the race for the European competition should Nuno Espirito Santo’s side lose to the Blues, although seventh could be enough to clinch a place in the Europa League if Chelsea also beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
Football Transfer Tavern have worked on a predicted starting lineup for Spurs, which sees Mourinho make two changes to the side that thrashed Leicester at home.
Barring the 3-1 victory over Newcastle United, Spurs have started their biggest victories in recent weeks in a 4-2-3-1 formation, and it is unlikely that Mourinho will want to switch from his preferred system at such a crucial stage in the competition.
Dele Alli is in contention to start for the first time since the 2-o win against West Ham last month. He has missed the past five games with a hamstring injury but trained with the first team this week and should slot back into the side today, with Moussa Sissoko dropping to the bench in his place.
Alli’s return could see Giovani Lo Celso slot in alongside Harry Winks, with the pair forming a key part of the supply chain for Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Eric Dier will also be available for selection after serving a four-match ban. However, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez have looked solid at the back in recent weeks, and Dier may miss out for the time being.
Meanwhile, Lucas Moura started the game against Leicester before being replaced by Steven Bergwijn. Bergwijn could be in line to earn his first start since the 0-0 draw with Bournemouth, as he has developed a habit for scoring goals in big games. Indeed, he scored on his home debut against Manchester City in February, as well as opening the scoring against Manchester United last month.
Spurs should be full of confidence heading into the clash, as Palace have lost their last seven games, while Mourinho’s men enter the fixture unbeaten in their last five since a harrowing 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United. However, they cannot afford to slip up at Selhurst Park, as there is so much at stake.
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