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3rd Jan, 2017 | 6:20pm

Tottenham expected 4-2-3-1 v Chelsea: Attacker axed in four changes

COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is expected to make four changes to his side for their Premier League encounter with Chelsea on Wednesday.

Defensive duo Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen are likely to return to the starting eleven after missing the 4-1 victory over Watford through suspension.

Meanwhile, Mousa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko are also expected to come into the XI after being rested in Monday afternoon’s match.

The changes are expected to see Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer drop out of the back four, while Eric Dier could also move out of the side’s midfield.

Additionally, attacker Son Heung-min is expected to be replaced by Sissoko after playing the full 90 minutes against the Hornets.

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World class number one Hugo Lloris is almost guaranteed to start between the sticks against the league leaders.

The France international will be expecting to have a busy night, while he will be keen to earn his ninth clean sheet of the campaign.

He will need the four in front of him to be on song with stars Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose joining Vertonghen and Walker in the back line.

Only Chelsea have a better defensive record in the league and they will be keen to maintain their high standards.

The defence will also be protected by Victor Wanyama and Moussa Dembele, who will look to get around the pitch and help their side control the centre of the park.

They will also be looking to allow more attacking freedom to the front three in Sissoko, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

The trio can be devastating when on form and they could cause some serious problems for Antonio Conte’s side, while the defence will also be focusing on Harry Kane.

The 23-year-old forward has 12 goals to his name this campaign despite suffering an ankle injury and he will keen to bag in his third consecutive match.

In other Tottenham team news, Nottingham Forest are eyeing a swoop for this senior Spurs duo.