Tottenham expected 3-4-3 v Everton: Midfielder and defender omitted
By Will Butcher
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to start defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld against Everton despite concerns over their fitness.
Both Spurs stars were substituted in last weekend’s fantastic 4-0 win over Stoke at White Hart Lane, replaced by Kevin Wimmer and Harry Winks in the second half.
However, the Telegraph claims that both are on course to return ahead of Sunday’s clash against Everton, which will allow Pochettino to field the same side that steamrolled Stoke and mean midfielder Winks and defender Wimmer are omitted.
Starting with three central defenders, Eric Dier is expected to line up alongside Vertonghen and Alderweireld, after the trio kept out Stoke’s attack to clinch their 15th league win of the season.
In no changes made by former Southampton boss Pochettino, injured duo Danny Rose and Erik Lamele will watch from the sidelines at White Hart Lane.
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Spurs captain and undisputed first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is likely to keep Michel Vorm on the substitutes’ bench, with on-loan stopper Pau Lopez yet to make a Spurs appearance.
Kieran Trippier will also be made to wait despite a number of impressive cameo roles, allowing England international Kyle Walker to start on the right flank.
Alderweireld, Dier and Vertonghen will look to keep the north London giants’ 13th Premier League clean sheet of the season, while Wales international Ben Davies is expected to deputise once again for Rose.
Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama continue their resilient partnership in the middle of the park, leaving academy product Harry Winks on the bench despite his recent good form.
Dele Alli scored his 14th goal of the season against Stoke and he should join Christian Eriksen in supporting goal machine Harry Kane, as the trio look to provide an attacking bite against Ronald Koeman’s side.
A win for Spurs could see them move to within seven points of London rivals and league leaders Chelsea, if Antonio Conte’s side lose to West Ham on Monday night at the London Stadium.
In other Tottenham news, fans have reacted to a report suggesting talks with Barcelona are set to commence.