After a late dramatic win at the KC Stadium, Tottenham’s next test comes against Partizan Belgrade. Things have not been going too well for Mauricio Pochettino at this moment in time, and this is a very good chance to get things back on track. Last time these two side met in Partizan, the game ended in a 0-0 draw. Here is the team news and predicted line-up.
Many players remain sidelined for our match against Partizan and that includes Kyle Walker, who has returned to training, but is still a couple of weeks away from a return. A whole host of players that missed Sunday’s clash with Hull are expected to remain out. These include Emmanuel Adebayor, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue. Spurs will also be missing Danny Rose and Andros Townsend. Federico Fazio is suspended heading into this match. Nabil Bentaleb is also set to make his first start in over a month.
Predicted Line-up: (4-2-3-1):
Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm
Hugo Lloris has been in fantastic form himself, and there was nothing at all he could do about the goal on Sunday. However, I feel Michel Vorm will start ahead of the Frenchman due to rotational reasons.
Defence: Kyle Naughton, Eric Dier, Vlad Chiriches, Ben Davies:
I know it is not the strongest defence that Mauricio Pochettino has fielded this season, but I feel that it will do the job adequately. I can’t wait to see how Eric Dier gets on in the heart of the defence, as he has been played on the right side a lot this season. It will also be interesting to see how Chiriches gets on in the centre if he gets a start after playing forty-five minutes at right-back, and you have to say that he played decently.
Midfield (Holding): Benjamin Stambouli, Nabil Bentaleb:
Nabil Bentaleb is back from injury, and could well make his first start in over a month, and could form a new partnership with Benjamin Stambouli. Since sning from Montpellier, Stambouli has not started a Premier League game, and I think he deserves a chance in the Premier League, and he could let Pochettino know with a good performance.
Midfield (Attacking): Aaron Lennon, Paulinho, Erik Lamela:
With many key players out, this will be a big, big night for Aaron Lennon and Paulinho, who will both most likely get the chance to impress Mauricio Pochettino. Lennon has impressed in cup competitions, and put in a couple of great crosses against Hull on Sunday. Once again, this is a night for Erik Lamela to get his confidence up with a goal or two.
Forward: Roberto Soldado:
I feel that Harry Kane will be rested for next Sunday’s match against Everton, and with Emmanuel Adebayor injured, that leaves Roberto Soldado to start up top by himself. He can link up the play very well, and like Lamela, this is a good night to get some goals to his name.