Tottenham expected 4-2-3-1 v Stoke: Defender omitted, dynamic trio start
PREVIEW | By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham could pick an unchanged team for Monday’s pivotal Premier League clash against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
Barring any late injuries leading up to the match, Mauricio Pochettino has virtually a full squad to select from for a match that has been imbued with greater significance by Leicester dropping two points on Sunday.
The Premier League leaders drew 2-2 against West Ham and their lead at the top will narrow to five points with four points remaining if Spurs win at Stoke.
The result at the King Power Stadium has pushed the door open for Spurs and will have given their players a boost in the build-up to Monday night’s encounter.
Most of the Tottenham players pick themselves after the team brushed aside Manchester United so convincingly in their last game.
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Jan Vertonghen is likely to continue alongside Toby Alderweireld after delivering such a polished display in his comeback match.
This will mean Kevin Wimmer, who was so solid during the 15 matches that Vertonghen was absent, having to once again settle for a place on the substitute’s bench.
The other key decision is likely to be the identity of the player on the right flank, with Erik Lamela, Heung-Min Son and Nacer Chadli effectively playing for one place.
Lamela got the nod against United and responded with his 10th goal of the season in all competitions.
The Argentine winger, who has started 23 of Spurs’ 33 Premier League matches this season, offers cutting edge as well as a prodigious work-rate when closing down space and trying to win back the ball. He is likely to join Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in making up a dynamic trio behind Harry Kane.
Tottenham (possible): Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Dier; Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.