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Young Side! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Liverpool

Following two successive goalless draws against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League and Bournemouth in the Premier League, Spurs make the trip to Anfield to face Liverpool in round four of the EFL Cup. 

In terms of team news, Toby Alderweireld is expected to remain sidelined following his knee injury away at West Brom and Harry Kane is making good progress recovering from his ankle injury, but he will not be fit for the trip to Anfield. Mauricio Pochettino has already hinted that he will field a weakened side in the EFL Cup, and in light of that, here is our Spurs predicted line-up.

GK: Michel Vorm

Hugo Lloris has been in outstanding form in recent matches, but Michel Vorm is likely to get some game time. When the Frenchman was injured, Vorm was immense, and I expect him to be as solid as ever should he start.

RB: Kieran Trippier

The right-back put in a good performance against Leverkusen last night and has evidently learned a lot from Kyle Walker in recent months. I expect him to start and pose a threat here.

CB: Cameron Carter-Vickers

The youngster played against Gillingham last month in the EFL Cup and played very well and may well be given another run out here, but expect him to be stretched to maximum capacity against a quick and clinical Liverpool attack.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

Wimmer’s comments about gametime may not have gone down well with Mauricio Pochettino, but I think he will start here alongside Carter-Vickers in the heart of the defence.

LB: Ben Davies

The Welshman has made a strong start to the season, and has played well when filling in for Danny Rose, and I think he is in line to start here against Liverpool.

CDM: Harry Winks

In my opinion was in contention for Man of the Match in the last round against Gillingham, I though he played fantastically. He has made a few substitute appearances since but I think he will play from the start here.

CM: Christian Eriksen

With Pochettino saying that he trusts Winks to play in the holding role by himself, Eriksen could play in a central role, in a 4-3-3 formation perhaps.

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Eriksen Dropped! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Bournemouth

Spurs earned what may prove to be a precious point in the Champions League last time out on Tuesday night, and will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to Bournemouth in the early kickoff on Saturday. 

In terms of team news, Toby Alderweireld remains out, but may only be for a couple of week more, whereas Danny Rose is a doubt with a knock picked up against Leverkusen. Harry Kane is still recovering from his ankle injury, and is back in training.

GK: Hugo Lloris

What a save from the Frenchman on Tuesday night. How he managed to scramble across his line and keep the ball from crossing the line I will never know. He should start again here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker once again sat out of Champions League action once again, and he will be keen to put in a good showing to convince Mauricio Pochettino to put him in the starting line-up to face Leverkusen at Wembley.

CB: Eric Dier

Kept a clean sheet in midweek, and I don’t quite know how! Dier had a solid game in Germany and had to deal with a lot of Leverkusen pressure, especially in the second half. He should start again here and until Toby Alderweireld returns from injury.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen also had a solid game in Germany on Tuesday night, and should take great confidence from that clean sheet. I expect him to start again against Bournemouth.

LB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose a doubt for Saturday, Ben Davies is more than likely to start on Saturday, and I have full confidence that he will put in a good performance.

CDM: Mousa Dembele

Mauricio Pochettino had to take Vincent Janssen off on Tuesday night to deal with the flurry of pressure coming our way, something that Victor Wanyama couldn’t handle on his own in defensive midfield. For that reason I think Spurs will set up with a 4-2-3-1 formation once again.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

Wanyama is in great form, but he can’t be in two places at once. He had a great game again on Tuesday, but in my opinion could really do with Dembele playing alongside him in midfield, and that is what I think will happen on Saturday.

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‘Absolutely Unreal’ Twitter Amazed By What This Spurs Player Did vs. Bayer Leverkusen

Tottenham had to overcome a large amount of Bayer Leverkusen pressure, especially in the second half to come away from Germany with a point in the Champions League, maintaining second place in Group E.

The save of the night came from Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, who somehow scrambled across his goal to keep out an effort from Hernandez, where is looked like to the former Manchester United striker simply could not miss. The ball was 50% over the line, but technology shows that all of the ball failed to cross the line.

Spurs grew into the game in the first half, and Dele Alli had a good headed chance to fire Spurs into the lead, but failed to convert. Vincent Janssen, still in search of his first Spurs goal from open play hit the crossbar before Erik Lamela saw his effort tipped over the crossbar.

Leverkusen made a change at half-time, and this worked massively in their favour as they surged forward in the second half, forcing Hugo Lloris into a world-class save and putting the Spurs defence busy, with Danny Rose making a couple of crucial blocks.

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Tottenham have the best defensive record in the league, and Lloris has made some huge saves along the way to keep Spurs’ incredible defensive record, conceding just four goals in the Premier League this season.

Spurs certainly have Hugo Lloris to thank for their point in Germany, and many fans took to Twitter to heap praise onto the Frenchman, who made six saves at the BayArena with some labelling the stopper world-class. Here is how Twitter reacted to Lloris’ performance in between the sticks.

There is no doubt that Lloris is one of Tottenham’s most important players and it is essential for Tottenham that if they are to remain in the Champions League and compete with the best clubs that they keep hold of players like Lloris. What he did tonight was just another example of how he can win this club vital points. Without that big save Tottenham would’ve been walking away from this game empty handed and would have been in a difficult position to qualify. I think his performance tonight just backs up the fact that he is a World Class goalkeeper.

3 Players Key To Tottenham If They Are To Beat Bayer Leverkusen

Off the back of an unsatisfactory 1-1 draw at West Brom on Saturday, Spurs now face a trip to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, aiming to make it back-to-back wins in the group stage. It will be no easy task, but here are three Spurs player that will be key if Pochettino’s men are to secure victory on Tuesday night. 

1) Son Heung-min

Mauricio Pochettino chose not to include Son in the starting eleven to face West Brom at the Hawthorns, and it was clear to see that he was resting the South Korean in preparation for the crunch Champions League clash with his former club Bayer Leverkusen this week.

Son did make an appearance on Saturday from the bench, and appeared to have a positive impact on proceedings, although we were unable to take all three points back to London. The attacker has been on fire since his return from the Olympics, and has been terrorising defences ever since. We hope that he will do the exact same to Leverkusen on Tuesday night.

The 24-year-old has managed five goals in all competitions this season, including a crucial goal in Moscow a few weeks ago that secured our opening win of our latest Champions League adventure. If Son plays like he has been doing this season, he will cause huge problems for the Leverkusen defence.

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‘Immaculate Again’ Fans React To Spurs Midfielder’s Majestic Midfield Display

Spurs could only pick up a point away at West Brom and missed the opportunity to go top of the table ahead of Manchester City. Nacer Chadli came back to haunt his own club and fired his new club into the lead in the 82nd minute, but Dele Alli managed to grab a late point to maintain Spurs’ unbeaten record in the league this campaign.

Despite picking up only a point, Victor Wanyama put in another excellent performance in the midfield as Pochettino decided to deploy the Kenyan in the defensive midfield by himself, setting up the team in a 4-1-4-1 formation.

Wanyama put in a strong performance against league leaders Manchester City a couple of weeks ago, and backed it up with another solid performance, making his £11m transfer fee look like an absolute bargain and is slowly making himself a crucial part of the Spurs team.

The Kenyan managed to complete 95% of his passes in the draw with West Brom, he also created two chances for his teammates. In addition to this, Wanyama complete two take-ons and won 86% of his aerial duels.

Here is how Spurs fans reacted to Wanyama’s midfield performance away at West Brom.

‘I Want To Cry’ Fans React To Spurs Defender’s Worrying Knee Injury At Hawthornes

Spurs failed to take their chances as they managed to salvage a point late on at The Hawthornes. Former Spur Nacer Chadli fired West Brom into the lead eight minutes before time, but Dele Alli managed to snatch a point in the 89th minute to maintain Spurs’ Premier League unbeaten record.

However, the most disappointing thing about the trip to the Midlands might not be the dropped two points, but the fact that Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld was stretchered off midway through the second half, unable to continue with a knee injury.

The injury comes at a worrying time for Spurs with a key few weeks coming up in the season. First of all, Spurs travel to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League in midweek in a crunch fixture before making the trip down to Bournemouth on the following Saturday.

Those two fixtures are followed by a league cup trip to Liverpool, before four days later hosting Leicester City at White Hart Lane. Spurs then return to Wembley for the second time this season to host Bayer Leverkusen in the second instalment of a crucial double-header in the Champions League.

Finally, before the international break, Spurs make the short trip across North London to Arsenal in the first weekend of November. So looking at the fixture list, you can understand why Spurs fans are so worried by the injury of Alderweireld.

Mauricio Pochettino has said that the Belgian will be assessed in the next couple of days, and this is how Spurs fans reacted to the injury news.

Lamela Dropped! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face West Brom

Spurs return from the international break just one point off the top of the table and in great form as they prepare to visit West Brom in the hopes of another three points and remaining the Premier League’s only unbeaten side.

Harry Kane remains out, but could return as early at 6th November for the North London derby with his recovery going well. Mauricio Pochettino will make a late call on the fitness of Mousa Dembele.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman has played well in recent weeks, and I see no reason why he shouldn’t start in between the sticks again to face West Brom.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker has been in my opinion one of the most improved players over the summer, and provides a huge threat going forward as well as doing his defensive work well. He should start here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

The big Belgian has been one of our best players this season, and has played a huge part in maintaing our unbeaten record and it is important that his partnership with Vertonghen stays strong.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

We have only conceded three goals in the Premier League this season, and the centre-back partnership has been one of the main reasons why we hold the best defensive record in the league. I expect both Vertonghen and Alderweireld to start here.

LB: Danny Rose

Rose returned from injury against Manchester City and I thought that he had a great game and kept Raheem Sterling quiet for the most part, which isn’t as easy as you think after the way he played against Celtic just days before. Rose should keep his place.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

Wanyama played as the only defensive midfielder against Manchester City, and did an excellent job working very hard, making some strong tackles and bossing that midfield. Off the back of that performance, I think that Pochettino will stick with a 4-1-4-1 with Wanyama as a sole defensive midfielder in this match.

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Player Ratings- How Well Have The Spurs Players Performed So Far This Season?

Hugo Lloris- 8

The Frenchman has made a good start to the season, and has made some top class saves to keep our defensive record in tip-top shape. We all hope for more of the same from Lloris after the international break.

Michel Vorm- 7

Many, myself included, were a little unsure of whether our defensive record would suffer with Michel Vorm in goal, but I am glad to say that he proved us all wrong. His performance against Liverpool stood out, and we conceded just one goal when Vorm was between the sticks, and that was from the penalty spot. I certainly have more confidence in our second-choice keeper than I did at the start of the season.

Kyle Walker- 8

Contender for most-improved player over the summer, and has made an excellent start to the campaign. Not only has he shown that he can do his defensive job more than well enough, but he can also cause many problems for left-backs and wingers going forward. A great start for Walker.

Kieran Trippier- 7

Has looked good and much more of a threat going forward than last season, and has done a great job whenever he has been called upon this season whether it has been in the Champions League or in the EFL Cup, providing this vital squad depth needed if we are the challenge at the top this season.

Toby Alderweireld- 9

Certainly up there with the best defenders in the Premier League. The Belgian has been our most consistent player this season, and has made some crucial tackles, as well as making a difference at the other end, proving to be a huge threat from corners.

Jan Vertonghen- 8

Has been a good centre-back partner for Alderweireld, who he has built up a good relationship with at the back. The clean sheet against Manchester City a couple of weeks ago spoke volumes about just how good our defence is, and it is not just by luck that we have the best defensive record in the Premier League.

Danny Rose- 8

Rose has looked good in the games he has played in and I thought he played very well against Manchester City, and got embroiled in that battle with Raheem Sterling that threatened to boil over a couple of times. A good start to the season for Rose, who has seen his season disrupted already by injury.

Ben Davies- 7

Rose has had a hamstring injury picked up during the international break, and Davies has had no problems at all filling in for the England international. Like Trippier, he is challenging for a first team place and is providing that all important squad depth as well as healthy squad competition.

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3 Players That Still Have Loads To Offer For Spurs This Season In Title Charge

It has been a great start to the season for Tottenham. They are just one point from top spot after seven games this season, and there is a massive feel-good factor hanging around Spurs at the moment. However, here are three players that I feel still have a lot more to offer for the Lilywhites this season. 

1) Mousa Dembele

We have missed the big Belgian through either injury or suspension for a large part of the season, and that has limited him to two appearances this season for Spurs, one of those being starts. He hobbled off against Sunderland just after returning from suspension, and hopefully will be back after the international break.

However, he may not just walk back into the team with Victor Wanyama putting in a quality performance against league leaders Manchester City, but it is Dembele’s strength on the ball as well as off it to win possession that is so important. His ability to turn defence into attack is insane, and is something Spurs maybe have missed this season.

Not only does Dembele strengthen the midfield immensely when he plays, but he also seems to improve the goalscoring form of Harry Kane, something that Spurs have also missed this term.

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3 Reasons Why Spurs Can Win The Premier League Title This Season

Spurs closed the gap at the top to just a single point at the weekend, beating table-toppers Manchester City by two goals to nil. The win saw Spurs at their very best, and will give the whole squad a confidence boost. Here are three reasons why Spurs can win the Premier League title.

1) Spurs Can Win Ugly

Up until the Manchester City game, Spurs were far from their very best, but going that titanic tussle with Pep Guardiola’s side, the Lilywhites found themselves second in the Premier League table without even playing their best football.

Think back to the first game of the season away at Everton. In the first half of that game, Spurs were awful, and they were for sixty minutes. The introduction of Vincent Janssen livened things up a bit in the second half and we looked like a team that could go on and win the game in the latter stages after Erik Lamela’s leveller.

Although we only managed to get a draw, a point was a very good result, especially away at Everton, which is a very tough place to go and considering we were dire for the most part.

We then managed to grab a late winner against Palace, and did the same against Sunderland, although not playing our best football, eventually breaking down teams that have come to White Hart Lane to defend. Grabbing a point whilst playing far from our best at home to a strong and dangerous Liverpool side has also proved to be a great result.

The win at Middlesbrough wasn’t particularly convincing in the second half, but we managed to see the game out successfully. Spurs haven’t managed to win game ugly over the past few seasons, and this is a trait much needed if you are going to make a push for the Premier League title.