Tottenham expected 4-2-3-1 v Crystal Palace: New starter and prolific striker omitted
PREVIEW By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham are likely to stay with their star-striker Harry Kane on Saturday as they face a London clash at White Hart Lane against Crystal Palace.
Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen are set to play on the right and left flanks respectively allowing last season’s top goal scorer in the Premier League, Kane, to once again fill the lead striking role.
Although Vincent Janssen came on and tipped the game in Spurs’ favour on Saturday, Mauricio Pochettino may be unwilling to change his favoured formation unless he reacts to what’s happening in the match, similar to the decision in the season opener.
Janssen was prolific in the Dutch league last season with 27 goals, but he’s likely to need to show a lot more in the Premier League to displace main man Kane.
Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama’s partnership was heavily criticised by fans at the weekend for being too defensive, but the Argentine boss worked with Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin at Southampton, who are more known for their defensive play and Pochettino may stick with the more reserved duo in the Premier League.
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Pochettino will be expected to stick with his first-choice back four, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener and has been confirmed as injured for four weeks.
It is likely that Netherlands goalkeeper Michel Vorm will come in for the injured French star.
Ahead of the midfield shield will be the attacking youngster Dele Alli, who returned to play the full 90 minutes against Everton after missing the back end of last season through suspension.
Spurs will be keen to get their first three points of the season and the side will be looking at Palace at home as the perfect fixture to kick start their new campaign.
In other Tottenham team news, Harry Kane led Spurs out to training at Wembley stadium on Wednesday.