After a fantastic comeback at White Hart Lane to see off Burnley in a six-goal thriller to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup, where we will face Leicester at home. Jermain Defoe could make his first start at White Hart Lane after returning to the Premier League. However, he will be the visiting player this time around following his move to Sunderland from Toronto.
Mauricio Pochettino reports that Ryan Mason and Erik Lamela are both still a doubt to get fit for the game against Sunderland, and Nabil Bentaleb is away with the Algerian squad.
Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1):
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris:
I expect Mauricio Pochettino to make changes from the side that faced Burnley on Wednesday, and Lloris should be the first of many that will be selected again after the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
Defence: Kyle Walker, Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose:
Two changes could be made at the back from midweek, with both Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose both retaining their places from the win. The defence wasn’t really at fault for either of the goals, and Vlad Chiriches scored one, so I don’t see any problem in the defensive areas at the moment.
Midfield (Holding): Etienne Capooue, Mousa Dembele:
After his goal on Wednesday, this is a good opportunity for Etienne Capoue to build on the goal that he grabbed against Burnley. However, you could make a strong case for Benjamin Stambouli, he provided the perfect pass for Roberto Soldado, who then went on to set up the fourth goal for Danny Rose. It will be interesting to see different partnerships in the midfield whilst Nabil Bentaleb is away on the African Cup of Nations.
Midfield (Attacking): Andros Townsend, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli:
Erik Lamela is still out, and with Andros Townsend looking like one of the best players on the pitch on Wednesday night, the right wing selection is a bit of a no-brainer really. Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli have become vital parts of the team and shouldn’t really be dropped at all.
Striker: Harry Kane:
Like Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane is a massive part of the team, and has been scoring a large proportion of our goals this season since his introduction into the Premier League starting line-up. Mauricio Pochettino took the option of resting him on Wednesday night, possibly indicating that he could start against Sheffield United. He should be fresh now and ready to take on Sunderland at White Hart Lane.