Hutton predicts Tottenham XI v Everton tonight with Bale frozen out
Alan Hutton has tipped Jose Mourinho to omit Gareth Bale and name a strong Tottenham starting XI against Everton on Wednesday.
The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the Portuguese boss is “desperate” for some silverware and will not gamble success by naming a weakened side for the FA Cup tie.
With Tottenham still competing on four fronts, the likes of Gareth Bale, Carlos Vinicius, Joe Hart and Harry Winks have all featured regularly in the cup competitions but are on the fringes for the Premier League games.
Spurs beat Marine and then Wycombe Wanderers to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup, with nine players having featured in both games.
However, Hutton believes Mourinho will not take the chance of missing out on a trophy and as such will name a similar starting XI to the one which beat West Brom on Sunday.
Asked if Wednesday could be a chance for the likes of Bale to impress, Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “No, I don’t think so. Because you look at Tottenham, they’re desperate to win something.
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“In previous rounds, yes, they would have rotated but do I think they’re going to make lots of changes? I don’t think so. I think Mourinho is that desperate for a trophy, he’s still in four competitions and he’s going to take them seriously.
“We’re talking the fifth round now and they’ll want to win, he’ll want to beat Everton so it’d be a massive risk if he was to revert back to the Europa League team, if you want, to try and get through. It will be interesting to see the lineup, that’s for sure.”
One possible change could come between the sticks, with Hart having played in both FA Cup games, as well as all but one Europa League tie, this season.