By Will Butcher
Mauricio Pochettino is set to rest his first-team Tottenham stars after their demoralising 1-0 loss to Gent, by making seven changes to face Fulham.
Argentine Pochettino watched from the dugout as Belgian side Gent earned a first-leg advantage in the Europa League’s Round of 32, with Jeremy Perbet scoring on the hour mark.
The former Southampton boss will be hoping his side can turn it around against Championship outfit Fulham on Sunday, as Spurs travel the short distance across London to Craven Cottage.
Seven changes are expected, with Michel Vorm, Kieran Trippier, Kevin Wimmer, Heung-Min Son, Georges N’Koudou, Christian Eriksen and Vincent Janssen expected to start.
That will see Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Sissoko, Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane all drop out ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash.
Goalkeeper Vorm comes into the side to make just his ninth appearance of the season in all competitions, with third-choice stopper Pau Lopez yet to make his Spurs debut.
Trippier returns from injury to give England international Walker a rest, while Eric Dier is expected to play through tiredness to partner out-of-form defender Wimmer.
Wales international Ben Davies will play in front of Son on the left flank, with the latter given just 20 minutes in the Europa League clash against Gent on Thursday night.
He will look to provide Spurs creative spark along with playmaker Eriksen, who will look to pull the strings from the number 10 role, while summer signing N’Koudou should be given a chance.
The former Marseille ace has made just one start for the north London outfit, but is expected to come in for Sissoko after the Euro 2016 runner-up played on Thursday.
Fresh from signing a new contract, Harry Winks is set to join Moussa Dembele in featuring for the second time in four days by partnering the Belgian international in the middle of the park.
With Chelsea 10 points clear of Pochettino’s side and a deficit to overcome in Europe, the FA Cup could be targeted as a realistic piece of silverware by Spurs as they look to progress to the fifth round.
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