Tottenham expected 4-2-3-1 v Arsenal: Midfielder out as Poch switches system
By Danny Wright
Tottenham could be forced into making one change for the final North London derby clash at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Mousa Dembele is a doubt to play Arsenal after he picked up an ankle injury in the first-half of Spurs’ 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Son Heung-Min is set to return to the starting XI in place of the 29-year-old as Mauricio Pochettino is likely to change his formation back to a 4-2-3-1.
Spurs struggled against Sam Allardyce’s side at Selhurst Park and only really came into the game once they changed formation at half-time.
Pochettino is likely to stick with the winning formula against a Gunners side that have been less-than-impressive this season.
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Hugo Lloris is expected to keep his place in goal behind a back four of Ben Davies, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker.
Eric Dier could move into the centre of midfield to play alongside Victor Wanyama.
Son is likely to start on the left wing, with Christian Eriksen expected to play on the right.
The PFA young player of the season Dele Alli could play in the No 10 role that he has so often made his own this season, behind the club’s top goal scorer Harry Kane.
Chelsea are currently four points ahead of Spurs at the top of the Premier League table and they face a tricky visit to Everton on Sunday.
If Ronald Koeman’s side can cause an upset at Goodison Park, Tottenham will know that they can move within a point of the league leaders if they can pick up three points against the Gunners.
Arsenal have not lost a North London derby for over two years. However all three of the previous meetings have ended as a draw.
It will be the last ever time the bitter rivalry will be contested at White Hart Lane and Spurs will relocate to Wembley next season as work on their new stadium progresses.
In other Tottenham news, fans have destroyed Alexis Sanchez for his antics in Arsenal’s win against Leicester.