Defensive duo axed in Pochettino 4-2-3-1: Tottenham best possible XI to face West Ham
By Amir Mir
Tottenham should make two changes to the team that takes on London rivals West Ham on Friday evening in a crucial Premier League clash.
During their previous encounter, Spurs beat Arsenal 2-0 at White Hart Lane as they will now play away from home.
Mauricio Pochettino should axe defensive duo Kieran Trippier and Eric Dier for the Hammers match and bring back Kyle Walker and Mousa Dembele.
Striker Harry Kane and attacking midfielder Dele Alli, who have scored the bulk of the club’s goals this term, should also start.
They should be joined by Christian Eriksen out wide, with the underrated Son Heung-Min playing on the right-hand side of attack.
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Those attackers should be joined by two midfield powerhouses in Victor Wanyama and Dembele, who could outperform any midfield in the league.
Added to that the experienced centre-back pairing of Jan Veronghen and Toby Alderweireld need to keep their places at the heart of the club’s defence.
They will be hoping to help their team secure their fifth consecutive clean sheet in the Premier League as they also aim to close the gap on leaders Chelsea in the table.
Right-back Walker, who was a surprise omission from the north London derby, should return to the starting XI, with Ben Davies occupying the other full-back position.
Three points for the away team will see them reduce the gap at the top of the table to just one point.
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