Tottenham expected 4-2-3-1 v Aston Villa: Janssen starts in 11 changes
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is expected to name 11 changes for his side which faces Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Sunday.
The north London outfit battled to a hard-fought 2-0 victory against league leaders Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Wednesday and it is likely that the Argentine boss will give his first team a rest against the Championship side.
However, Spurs do still boast a number of quality players in their squad and they will be expecting to leave Villa Park with a win.
It is expected that Pochettino will bring Vincent Janssen back into the team with star forward Harry Kane dropping out.
The Holland international made the switch to White Hart Lane in the summer with high expectations, but with just three penalty goals to his name he will be keen to impress.
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Pochettino is also likely to recall Michel Vorm, Kieran Trippier, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kevin Wimmer, Ben Davies, Harry Winks, Tom Carroll, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou back into his line-up.
This is likely to see Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier, Toby Aldwrweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Wakler, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Dembele, Danny Rose, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli all drop out.
With Vorm between the sticks, Spurs will still have a goalkeeper very capable of keeping a clean sheet against Steve Bruce’s men.
The Holland international has played five times this campaign and managed three shut outs, proving a worthy backup to Lloris.
He will be protected by a defence made up of Trippier, Wimmer, Carter-Vickers and Davies, which is experienced enough to see their side progress to the next stage of the cup.
The midfield is then likely to be made up of Spurs youth graduates Carroll and Winks in the centre of the park.
At 24 Carroll will have been hoping to see more first team football and may be heading for the exit doors soon, while Winks is just breaking into the team.
They will be looking to supply an attacking three of Son, Sissoko and N’Koudou, who will also be looking to impress Pochettino against the Championship side.
Both Sissoko and N’Koudou made the switch to White Hart Lane in the summer, but they have struggled to get a run in the first team to date, while Son has been in and out after a purple patch at the start of the campaign.
Aston Villa have looked good since Bruce took charge, but Spurs will still be expecting a victory against the 12th placed second tier club.
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