Having lost their opening group stage game of the Champions League, Spurs travel to Russia in desperate need of three points to get their Champions League campaign up and running following that bitterly disappointing defeat against Monaco just a couple of weeks ago.
Spurs will be without Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Danny Rose in Moscow, who are still recovering from injuries. Moussa Sissoko joins them on the injury table, with Mauricio Pochettino not ruling out the possibility of concussion affecting the Frenchman. Harry Kane however remains the only long-term absentee. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up.
GK: Hugo Lloris
Having played well since returning from injury, I expect Hugo to keep his place in the starting eleven in Russia.
RB: Kyle Walker
Has provided a huge threat over the past few weeks going down that right-hand side, and will be desperate to terrorise the left-back of Moscow on Tuesday night.
CB: Toby Alderweireld
In my opinion, the Belgian has been our most consistent player over the course of the season, and is probably one of the first players on the team-sheet at the moment.
CB: Jan Vertonghen
The 29-year-old has worked well with Alderweireld at the heart of the Spurs defence that has conceded just three goals in the Premier League this season.
LB: Ben Davies
Has provided first-class cover for Danny Rose, who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury since the international break, and I expect the Welshman to put in another solid performance here.
CDM: Dele Alli
With Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Moussa Sissoko all out through injury, Dele Alli could be asked to play a deeper role alongside Victor Wanyama. We saw him play in this position against Monaco a couple of weeks ago, and he looked solid. For me, he provides more of a threat playing further forward, but the youngster can still do an excellent job from the deeper role.
CDM: Victor Wanyama
The Kenyan has made a solid start to life at White Hart Lane, and is in line to start again here. He has shown his strengths in breaking up the play in recent weeks, and he will certainly be the more ‘defensive’ of our two CDMs on Tuesday night.
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