Tottenham expected 3-4-3 to face Burnley: 22-year-old misses out
By Matt Farr
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to name an unchanged starting XI as his Tottenham side travel to Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.
Son Heung-Min is expected to retain his place as the spearhead of Tottenham’s attack in the continued absence of Harry Kane, who is still sidelined with an ankle injury.
The South Korea international played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s win over Syria, and may not be in the best shape ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Burnley.
22-year-old Vincent Janssen missed his country’s friendly with Italy on Tuesday with a reported bout of influenza but may be fit to take his place on the bench.
Even though the majority of Tottenham’s first-team squad were heavily involved during the international break, Pochettino is still expected to name his strongest side.
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That sees all eleven players retain their places from the 2-1 victory over Southampton on March 15.
Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are expected to continue in their respective roles in Tottenham’s impressive defence.
Tottenham boast the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League with only 21 goals conceded from their 28 matches, and that is testament to Pochettino having a reliable unit at his disposal.
The central-midfield partnership between Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele has also been a contributing factor, and Pochettino is likely to persist with his premier duo despite the impressive displays of Harry Winks.
Meanwhile, Kyle Walker and Ben Davies will continue in their newly-enforced roles as wide midfielders, as the north London club seek to enforce their attack-minded style of play against a Burnley side that have struggled defensively this season.
Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, who were both on the scoresheet in the Southampton victory, are expected to operate as the chief creative outlet in the final third, behind Son.
A win for Tottenham could send them five points clear of third-placed Manchester City, and extend their grip on a potential top four finish.
In other Tottenham team news, this 22-year-old is set to be axed this summer as Pochettino loses patience (not Janssen).