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Alli Plays Deeper! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face CSKA Moscow

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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‘He’s In Ridiculous Form’ Fans Hail Midfielder On Twitter As Spurs’ 2-1 Win At Middlesbrough

Spurs secured their third straight win since the international break with a nail-biting win at Middlesbrough, eventually coming out 2-1 winners. 

Two more goals from Heung-min Son takes his tally for the season up to four as he shone again to fire Spurs to victory at the Riverside Stadium. Middlesbrough pulled a goal back in the second period, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men held on for the three points.

Spurs’ latest win takes them up to second place, four points behind pace-setters Manchester City, who won at Swansea 3-1 today. The two sides face each other next week at White Hart Lane in a mouth-watering clash.

This will be good preparation for the trip to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday night as Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose, who were injury doubts anyway, were rested at the Riverside.

Spurs fans took to Twitter following the win to hail Spurs’ outstanding unbeaten start to the season, and the tremendous form of Son Heung-min.

Lamela Starts! Tottenham Teams News And Predcited Line-Up To Face Middlesbrough

Off the back of two straight home wins in all competitions, Spurs make the trip to Middlesbrough with good confidence, but will be without Harry Kane for the trip up north.

Pochettino also revealed that he will make last minute calls on the fitness of Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Middlesbrough.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Michel Vorm was given a run-out in the midweek cup win against Gillingham, but our French stopper should return to start between the sticks here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Walker has been a huge threat to other sides and has played outstandingly this season, and having signed a more than deserved new contract on Friday, I expect him to start at Middlesbrough.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

The Belgian has been arguably our most consistent player this season, and showed his threat from corners yet again last week against Sunderland, and after being rested on Wednesday, he should reclaim his starting spot here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Covered the left-back position well in the absense of Danny Rose and Ben Davies from the starting eleven, but I expect him to return to his usual centre-back position on Saturday.

LB: Ben Davies

With Pochettino making a last-minute desicion on the match-fitness of Danny Rose, Ben Davies could well start again here, with the Champions League match away at CSKA Moscow in the back of the manager’s mind.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

As I have mentioned before, a late decision on whether Danny Rose will play or not will be made, and the same goes for Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele. So it might be best not to risk the two in midfield and start Wanyama, who has looked solid in the last couple of games.

CDM: Moussa Sissoko

The Frenchman looked off the pace against Sunderland last week, putting in an under-par performance. We obviously must allow our £30m man time to settle in, so we must not be too harsh. Due to the potential absence of Dier and Dembele, Sissoko could well drop back into defensive midfield for the trip to Middlesbrough.

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Player Ratings: Spurs 5-0 Gillingham – Winks & Eriksen Excel

Pochettino named a side to face Gillingham with eleven changes, but Spurs made light work of their League One opposition, putting five past Justin Edinburgh’s side on the manager’s return to White Hart Lane. 

A double from Christian Eriksen and goals from Vincent Janssen, Josh Onomah and Erik Lamela saw Spurs easily into the fourth round, where they will face Liverpool at Anfield. Here are the Spurs player ratings.

Michel Vorm- 7

Hard to rate the Dutch stopper any higher or lower to be honest. Gillingham only took six shots throughout the whole game and none of which were on target, a poor night for them in front of goal.

Kieran Trippier- 7

Looked solid defensively, dealing with anything that came his way with composure. Also posed a threat going forward too, winning the penalty for Janssen’s first goal in a Spurs shirt.

Kevin Wimmer- 7

Didn’t have too much to deal with for the whole game, but looked good on the ball when building from the back. A good display.

Cameron Carter-Vickers- 7

A strong debut for Carter-Vicker, who hardly put a foot wrong. Looks like a man Pochettino can call upon when needed.

Ben Davies- 7

Aimed to bomb forward a little more than in previous games, and looked dangerous, put didn’t quite produce the final ball or shot to finish.

Tom Carroll- 6

Had a solid game, but that’s all I can really say about Carroll. Quietly went about his business, but wasn’t quite good enough going forward.

Harry Winks- 8

Played really well alongside Carroll in the middle of the park. He carried the ball forward with purpose and confidence. Another viable option for Pochettino should injuries get the better of the likes of Dier, Dembele or Wanyama. An excellent game from Winks

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Rotations Galore! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Gillingham

Spurs make their return to the re-branded EFL Cup on Wednesday with an opening third round tie against League One Gillingham. The Gills caused a second round shock knocking out Watford, so Spurs should by no means underestimate the lower-league opposition. 

Pochettino is likely to make use of this game to make plenty of changes and use the full depth of his squad. Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele will miss out with knocks while Harry Kane’s ankle injury will keep him on the sidelines. Danny Rose will miss out again. Here is our Spurs predicted line-up to face Gillingham.

GK: Michel Vorm

Lloris has resumed is position at first choice goalkeeper following his spell out as a result of a knock picked up at Everton, but Vorm provided first class backup and I expect him to start here.

RB: Kieran Trippier

Kyle Walker has played three games in the space of nine days and it is more than likely that Trippier will step forward to play here. The former Burnley full-back has always played well when called upon, and is likely to do the same here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Toby has been our most consistent performer, and will probably play again here, it all depends if Pochettino feels Cameron Carter-Vickers is ready to play or not, but for me, the Belgian will start here.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

The Austrian is likely to be given his chance along the back line on Wednesday night in what would be his first competitive start of the season since signing a new contract with the club.

LB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose still expected not to feature with injury, Davies could well feature here after Jan Vertonghen took his place on Sunday afternoon.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

With Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele both hobbling off injured in the win over Sunderland on Sunday, Victor Wanyama could be guaranteed a starting place with the defensive midfield duo both set to be out of action for this EFL Cup fixture.

CDM: Tom Carroll

With Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb both leaving the club, either temporarily or permanently over the summer transfer window, Tom Carroll has signed a new deal and has moved up the squad pecking order as a result, and he should start here.

RAM: Erik Lamela

The Argentine would have been disappointed to be left out of the starting line-up to face Sunderland at the weekend, and will be keen to make an impression on Pochettino to rival Moussa Sissoko with starting spots up for grabs over the next few weeks.

CAM: Christian Eriksen

Like Lamela, Eriksen was left out of the starting eleven on Sunday, with an in-form Son Heung-min preventing him from occupying the left flank. It looks unlikely that the Dane will beat the Korean to a starting spot in the next couple of weeks, but he could challenge Dele Alli in the number ten role. Either way, a good performance here will do him no harm at all.

LAM: Josh Onomah

Pochettino is likely to see the game against Gillingham as I have mentioned as an excellent chance for rotation, and this could see Josh Onomah make his first start of the season. The youngster has featured at various times for Spurs, and it will be interesting to see if he has made any progress over the summer.

ST: Vincent Janssen

Harry Kane was stretchered off on Sunday, so Janssen is more than likely to be the man to lead the line for Spurs over the next couple of months. I expect him to make his second start of the season and it would be good to see him bag his first goal in a Spurs shirt.

3 Players Keen To Impress Pochettino Against Gillingham

Wednesday night sees the return of the EFL Cup for Spurs and a home tie against League One Gillingham is what awaits the Lilywhites. With a welcome break from the pressures of the Premier League and the Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino might see the Gillingham fixture as a perfect opportunity to rotate the Spurs squad.

Competition for places in the Tottenham squad has never been stronger, and here are three players that will be keen to impress the Pochettino in a bid to claim a regular starting spot.

1) Vincent Janssen

Since the Dutchman’s arrival from AZ Alkmaar, Janssen has made just the one start in all competitions, and has not beaten Harry Kane to a starting spot so far this season which is hardly surprising the form the Golden Boot winner was in last season.

However, we saw Kane stretchered off in the 1-0 Premier League win over Sunderland on Sunday, and we are unlikely to see the striker for the next couple of months. This means we are likely to see Janssen lead the line for the next couple of weeks at least.

The Dutchman will surely see the Gillingham game as an excellent opportunity to bag his first goal in a Spurs shirt having put in a number of good performances already and show Pochettino why he is more than capable of leading the Spurs line up top by himself.

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Player Ratings: Spurs 1-0 Sunderland – Do You Agree?

Spurs managed to turn a dominant attacking display into a 1-0 victory to return to winning ways after that disappointing Champions League loss at Wembley against Monaco. 

Harry Kane scored the winner as he scored his second goal in two league games as he, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier came off injured in the win at White Hart Lane. Here are our Spurs player ratings.

Hugo Lloris- 6

Had very little to do throughout the whole game in a dominant Spurs display, another clean sheet for the Frenchman.

Kyle Walker- 7

Looked a threat going down the right-hand side again, but I think the Wembley pitch suits him better with more space to run into. An excellent clearance off the line just before half-time that kept the scores level.

Eric Dier- 6

Slotted in well at centre-back away from his usual role as a defensive midfielder. Like all others in the back four, had very little to do and had a good game until he hobbled off in the second half.

Toby Alderweireld- 6

A real threat from corners once again and is proving to be a nightmare to mark on corners, another good display yet again from our most consistent performer.

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Ben Davies was left out of side yesterday with Pochettino not too keen on the Welshman played three games in just over a week, and I felt Vertonghen looked solid on the left but inevitably didn’t provide as much threat going forward.

Mousa Dembele- 7

His first start this season following the expiration of his contract, and yet again looked amazing bossing the midfield, breaking up play like he usually does so well and was a shame to see him limp off.

Victor Wanyama- 6

Had a fairly quiet game, he looked to get forward a lot more often than we would usually see him get forward such was the attacking dominance of our performance. A solid display, but I am sure there will be more to come from Wanyama.

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‘A Win Is A Win’: Spurs Fans React To 1-0 Win Over Sunderland

Spurs struggled over the line at White Hart Lane today to beat Sunderland 1-0 courtesy of a second half Harry Kane goal, who capitalised on some poor defending from the Black Cats back line. 

The visitors offered very little going forward in reality, but Spurs’ inability to kill of the game with a second goal set up a nervy last ten minutes or so.

Tottenham were not at their best by far, and failed to take advantage of the many chances that fell their way in the 1-0 win. The victory takes Spurs up to third place and maintains their unbeaten start to the Premier League season, picking up 11 points from five games along the way.

Injuries will be a worry for Mauricio Pochettino as he saw Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Harry Kane limp off, Dembele and Dier with hamstring problems and Harry Kane sustaining an ankle injury.

Spurs fans took to Twitter after the game to voice their opinions, and this is how they reacted to Spurs’ 1-0 win over Sunderland.

Janssen Starts! Tottenham Teams News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Sunderland

Following a disappointing Champions League result at Wembley in midweek, Spurs must pick themselves up, and fast, because the next game against Sunderland back at White Hart Lane is just around the corner.

Pochettino has hinted that he may tinker with the Spurs line-up following the defeat at the hands of Monaco at midweek, and has challenged his team to be more consistent with their performances.

Danny Rose is the only player our for this weekend with a hamstring injury. Here is our predicted Tottenham line-up to face Sunderland.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman wasn’t really at fault for either of the goals at Wembley in midweek, and they were in fact Monaco’s only shots on target. Lloris can feel confident of keeping his starting spot.

RB: Kieran Trippier

Kyle Walker played well on Wednesday, but with Pochettino hinting at rotations, Trippier could well find himself in the starting line-up on Sunday.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Looked defensively solid for most of the game at Wembley, and I feel the centre-back pairing will remain the same for our return to league action at the weekend.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The Belgian put in one of his worst performances in a while, the way he backed off Bernado Silva for the first goal was shameful, but hopefully Vertonghen will put this behind him and return to top form here should he start.

LB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose still not in the picture for selection, Ben Davies should get another run-out at left-back against Sunderland.

CDM: Mousa Dembele

Dembele looked excellent following his introduction at half-time and bossed that midfield and showed exactly how much we have missed the Belgian in his suspension period. It is great to have him back again, and he should make his first start of the season here.

CDM: Victor Wanyama

Wanyama hasn’t quite lived up to expectation so far yet this season, but with Eric Dier starting in midweek, Wanyama could well get his chance here with Pochettino expected to make changes this weekend.

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UCL Player Ratings: Tottenham 1-2 Monaco

In front of a record crowd at Wembley, Spurs were unable to recover from a slow, sluggish start that saw then 0-2 down in just over 30 minutes. Despite Toby Alderweireld pulling a goal back for Spurs just before half-time, goals from Bernado Silva and Thomas Lemar were enough for Monaco to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start. Here are the Spurs player ratings. 

Hugo Lloris- 5

Apart from the two goals, the Frenchman didn’t really have too much to do at all. I thought he was unlucky with the two goals, especially the first, nothing he could do about the strike from Bernado Silva

Kyle Walker- 6

Looked a threat going forward for a large portion of the night, bombing down that right-hand side as he so often does well. However, I feel his final ball or cross could have been better at times.

Toby Alderwireld- 5

Was solid enough, but despite the well-taken goal, not quite up to his usual standards to be honest. He gave the ball away in the second half when under no pressure at all with a poor touch, fortunately the resulting attack came to nothing worth mentioning.

Jan Vertonghen- 5

Really shouldn’t have backed off Bernado Silva and let him run as he did, if he defends a little more aggressively in that sitiatuion and puts a foot in then Wednesday evening might have been a different story altogether.

Ben Davies- 5

Would certainly like to see Davies become more of an attacking threat and be a little more like Danny Rose, but defensively I think his performance was just about good enough.

Eric Dier- 5

Didn’t really look himself on Wedensday night under the Wembley lights, but after a dodgy and nervy first half performance, the defensive midfielder picked his game up a but in the second period before he was replaced by Moussa Sissoko.

Dele Alli- 6

Alli was deployed in a deeper role than usual in the first half, and the substitution of Son for Dembele at the break allowed him to push forward in the second half. He worked hard in the deeper role and you cannot fault his work rate, but I feel the youngster is at his best playing just behind the striker.

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