We take our 2nd home game of the season against Everton with only 2 points to our name so far so a first win of the season is needed on Saturday. But it’s encouraging because Everton at home last season was one of our best performances of last season, coming from behind to win 2-1, but also we showed how good Mauricio Pochettino’s system can be when it works well, which it will need to this weekend.
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
Rescued probably another point last week given how many chances Leicester had and he’ll need to be on game to keep out the likes of Lukaku, Mirallas and Barkley.
Defenders: Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Kyle Walker
Walker has started very well, considering his position is under threat by Trippier and should continue with his good form so far. Alderweireld overcame a bad game vs Stoke with a solid display against Leicester and is already showing his quality. Vertonghen needs to respond today after a poor showing last week which included allowing the shot for Mahrez to score last week. I think we need Danny Rose back, not that Davies has under-performed
Defensive Midfielders: Ryan Mason, Eric Dier
The temporary partnership of Dier/Mason has worked reasonably decently so far, Mason’s running energy and getting forward with Dier’s calm passing on the ball has had moderate success, and right now it appears to be our best choice considering Bentaleb’s drop in form at the start of the season.
Attacking Midfielders: Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele, Alex Pritchard
With Christian Eriksen injured it’s a big opportunity for the players on the brink to make a claim for a starting place. Dele Alli’s showing from off the bench last week, including his goal and energy should place him in the starting line-up this weekend, his pace on the move should be a huge benefit in our attacks. Alex Pritchard has now fully recovered from his ankle injury and should also, in my view be selected to start, his creative touch and passes and chances to score in the final third that he demonstrated brilliantly last season at Brentford, should be a great help to us. Meanwhile Mousa Dembele should keep his spot in the line-up after three solid showings so far this season.
Striker: Harry Kane
Even when he doesn’t score he always makes sure he provides help to our attacks, evident when his run, powering past two defenders set up our goal last week, but we’d love to see him get his account for the season open this weekend.