Tottenham expected 4-2-3-1 v Manchester City: Attacker dropped among three changes
By Harvey Byrne
Erik Lamela could be dropped from the starting line-up for Tottenham’s clash against Manchester City on Sunday.
The north London side face a tough battle against Pep Guardiola’s high flying team, who have won all six of their Premier League fixtures in the new campaign and Mauricio Pochettino will be likely to put two defensive midfielders in his starting eleven once again.
Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Kane missed the midweek clash against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
However, Dier and Rose have returned to training ahead of the top of the table clash and will be expected to slot straight into the starting line-up.
The Argentine manager is likely to make three changes to his side following the 1-0 victory over the Russian side with Kyle Walker also coming back into the side for Kieran Trippier.
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Hugo Lloris is expected to remain in goal with regular centre-back pairing Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen ahead of him.
The back four alongside Dier, Wanyama and Lloris will have to be on top of their game to face a City side, which contains the attacking threat of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.
Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen are expected to return to more advanced roles after playing in a midfield three in the previous two encounters due to the injuries suffered in the side.
Meanwhile, the in form Son Heung-min will be likely to retain his place in the attacking midfield three given his impressive form in the new campaign, netting both goals against Middlesbrough, while also bagging the decider against CSKA Moscow.
Dutch forward Vincent Janssen will continue to lead the attack in the absence of Kane and will be hoping to add to his tally of one goal for the club so far against a stern defence.
In other Tottenham team news, Pep Guardiola is set to recall John Stones to the Manchester City starting XI when they face Spurs.