Tottenham expected 4-2-3-1 v Chelsea: Attacker starts in place of Alli
PREVIEW | By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham will make at least one change to their team for Monday’s must-win Premier League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Barring any late injuries leading up to the match, Mauricio Pochettino has virtually a full squad to select from, although the manager will be without the banned Dele Alli.
The England star’s suspension for the rest of the season provides an opportunity for one of the recent substitutes to return to the starting X1.
As reported by Football Insider, the four players in contention to replace Alli are Nacer Chadli, Heung Min-Son, Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll.
Chadli is the most likely to come in for Alli as he offers the greatest goal threat, although his inclusion would mean Christian Eriksen being pushed inside to a central playmaking role.
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The Belgian winger has had a stop-start season affected by injury but has scored seven goals this season after his 13-goal haul in 2014/15, which included a highly impressive 11 in the league.
The significance of Monday’s clash against Spurs’ bitter rivals will be affected by the outcome of Leicester’s trip to Manchester United on Sunday.
Claudio Ranieri’s side will be crowned Premier League champions for the first time in the club’s history if they win at Old Trafford.
That would leave Spurs with the sole ambition of finishing second in the league, given that their top-four status is virtually secured.
Tottenham (possible): Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Dier; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane.