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Sissoko Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Newcastle

It’s finally here. Spurs make the trip up North to face Newcastle on Sunday afternoon in their season opener looking to make a strong start to season where Liverpool and Chelsea have already slipped up. 

Heung-min Son could be fit but might only make the bench whilst Erik Lamela, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier all miss out through injury. Here is your Spurs predicted line-up to face Newcastle.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Was the first choice keeper at the end of last season, and I expect that nothing has changed over the summer.

CB: Eric Dier

I’m going to say that Mauricio Pochettino will deploy a back three against Newcastle and I expect the versatility of Eric Dier to be used once again to play on the right of a back three.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Still no progress on a new contract for Alderweireld, but there has been little speculation regarding a move away which can only be a positive. I expect him to make the starting line-up here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen and Alderweireld formed a strong partnership at the heart of the Spurs defence last season and managed to maintain the best defensive record in the league. The Belgian duo will be key to any defensive success that Spurs have this coming season.

RWB: Moussa Sissoko

A few weeks ago, Sissoko might not have been in Pochettino’s plans to play at his old club. However, a solid performance against Juventus combined with the injury of Kieran Trippier might just hand Sissoko a much needed chance to impress early on this season and start to prove he was worth the £30m paid last summer.

LWB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose injured and possibly on the naughty step, it is more or less guaranteed that Davies will be starting here unless Pochettino decides to play Heung-min Son at left wing-back which I suggest he doesn’t after the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

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Son Starts: Tottenham Team News And Predicted 4-2-3-1 Line-Up To Face Everton

Spurs will be looking to cement their place in second spot this season when they welcome an in-form Everton side to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon. 

In terms of team news, Danny Rose and Erik Lamela remain sidelined, whilst Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will face late fitness tests after Saturday’s training. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Everton.

GK: Hugo Lloris

What a magnificent save Lloris pulled off last week at White Hart Lane against Stoke. It was a superb reaction save, and we hope for more of the same here against an in-form Romelu Lukaku.

RB: Kyle Walker

Another solid performance from Walker last week in the Premier League. I back him to continue his good form this weekend and to start against Everton.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Alderweireld will face a late fitness test, and I hope he is fit to play. He and Vertonghen will have to deal with the attacking threat of Lukaku, and these two pairing up at the back increases the chances of a clean sheet.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen also faces a late fitness test after training on Saturday, and has on occasion man-marked the main striker. I think him and Alderweireld will rotate if they both start in terms of marking the Everton striker.

LB: Ben Davies

I’m not a huge fan of Ben Davies playing as a left wing-back. I much prefer to see him in a full-back role and have another winger higher up the pitch. His defensive qualities are excellent, but he hasn’t quite grasped making the right runs at wing-back for me.

Two Up Front: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Liverpool

Spurs travel to Anfield looking to close the gap on Premier League table-toppers Chelsea to six points, with Antonio Conte’s side not playing until Sunday. 

In terms of team news, Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela are still out with long-term injuries, while news on Danny Rose is positive, but he will not be available for this one. However, Kieran Trippier may just recover in time to make the squad at Anfield. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Liverpool.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Bar his couple of howlers against Manchester City a couple of weeks ago, Lloris has been excellent this season, and might have to be exactly that if Spurs are to win at Anfield.

RB: Kyle Walker

He might not get forward as much in this game as he would like to, but he has been so solid defensively this season I back him to deal with any threat coming down the Spurs right.

CB: Eric Dier

With Jan Vertonghen out, it will be up to Dier to partner Toby Alderweireld at the back once again at the heart of the defence. This has been a successful partnership thus far, and I can’t see any reason why that would change now.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

A real leader at the back, and he will an important figure for Tottenham as the defence looks to keep a clean sheet at Anfield on Saturday.

LB: Ben Davies

Will be standing in for the injured Danny Rose on Saturday. He might not offer quite the same attacking pace as Rose, but he more than makes up for that with his defensive skills. A more than capable deputy to cope with the challenge that Liverpool present.

Dembele Dropped: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Middlesbrough

After failing to secure all three points on Tuesday against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Spurs missed a golden opportunity to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea. With Antonio Conte’s side playing Arsenal in the early kickoff, Spurs simply must capitalise on any slip-up. 

Danny Rose will see a specialist on Monday to determine the extent of his knee injury, while Kieran Trippier and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou are still out, but making good progress. The same goes for Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela, as they look to recover from long-term injuries. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Middlesbrough.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Missed out on a place in the squad for Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland through illness, but should make his return here.

CB: Eric Dier

Dier and Alderweireld stayed strong to keep a clean sheet, despite not having too much thrown at them, Dier should keep his place here at White Hart Lane.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Also has been playing well in recent weeks, helping to secure that clean sheet on Tuesday. Alderweireld is an important part of the Spurs defence, and I back him to start here.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

I have not been impressed with Wimmer this season, his performances have been under-par, and he has looked out of his depth at times. However, I feel a return to a back three is the way forward, and that means Wimmer starting with Vertonghen out through injury.

RWB: Kyle Walker

With Kieran Trippier injured, Walker will be playing two games this week, that is for sure. Playing in this wing-back position, that gives him much more of a license to get forward and cause that Middlesbrough defence problems.

LWB: Ben Davies

I don’t think I have seen a particulary bad performance from Ben Davies this season, and he will have to step in for the injured Danny Rose on Saturday evening.

Janssen Starts: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Sunderland

Spurs will be looking to pounce on any potential slip-up made by league leaders Chelsea, who play Liverpool at Anfield, when they made the trip to Sunderland on Tuesday night. 

Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Harry Kane are all available again after recovering from short-term injuries, while Kieran Trippier, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela are all set to miss out on the trip to the Stadium of Light. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman was rested for Saturday’s cup tie against Wycombe, as he always is in the FA Cup, and should make a return here.

RB: Kyle Walker

Also rested in the dramatic cup win against Wycombe, and will cause constant problems down that right-hand side for the Sunderland defence, looking to replicate his part in the first goal at Manchester City.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Mauricio Pochettino has said that Toby has recovered successfully from his tight injury picked up at the Etihad, and should play from the start here after his recovery.

CB: Kevin Wimmer

Pochettino has hinted at changes for this one, with the game against Middlesborough on Saturday in mind, and I think Eric Dier will be rested for this one after playing at the weekend. For that reason, I can see Wimmer starting here.

LB: Danny Rose

I can see a return to the starting line-up for Danny Rose at the Stadium of Light. After recovering from a knee problem, there is nothing sanding in his way from playing here.

3 Things We Learned As Spurs Snatched A Point In 2-2 Draw Against Manchester City

Spurs came from two goals behind at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to snatch a point from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Saturday evening. A goal from Dele Alli and a crucial leveller from Hueng-min Son cancelled out two Hugo Lloris shockers in the Spurs goal. Here are three things we learned as a points were shared in Manchester. 

1) The back three won’t work against everybody

We have seen Mauricio Pochettino set up his Tottenham team in a 3-5-2, 3-4-2-1 or 3-4-3, whichever way to want to look at it, at different points throughout this season.

Spurs first played with a three at the back against Arsenal, and it was a success as the Lilywhites battled away for a 1-1 draw at the Emirates, to bring to an end a horrible run of form, despite being beaten just once in that run prior to the North London derby.

Pochettino decided to play a back three against Hull in a 3-0 win, and has stuck with this system ever since. However, we did learn that despite conquering Chelsea at White Hart Lane at the start of the year, the three at the back formation will not work against absolutely everybody.

Having three at the back means having one less in the midfield if you take into the account the wing-back not really being involved in a midfield battle, more a battle down the wings. Despite the best efforts of Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele, Manchester City bossed the first twenty minutes, and that was mainly down to the fact that they were winning the midfield battle, and as a result, overloading the Spurs defence.

Davies Or Wimmer? Tottenham Team News & Predicted Line-Up To Face Manchester City

Second-placed Spurs will look to close the gap on league leaders Chelsea to four points with a win in the evening kickoff against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. 

Pep Guardiola will be looking for a big response from his team after they took a towelling at Goodison Park last Sunday, as they fell to a 4-0 defeat against Everton. Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela are the only players out for this one. Here is the Spurs predicted line-up to face Manchester City in a massive game in the title race.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Another clean sheet for Lloris last week against West Brom. I back him to start again at the Etihad Stadium for this one.

CB: Eric Dier

A defensive midfielder for all of last season, but now Eric Dier finds himself playing on the right of a back three almost every week. I think he will start here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Despite the absence of Jan Vertonghen, I think due to the success of the back three system thus far, Pochettino will stick to that formation.

CB: Ben Davies

We all saw how successful Wales were in the European Championships last summer, and Davies played on the left of a back three for his national team. He showed he was capable there, and he would be my pick to stand in for the injured Jan Vertonghen.

RWB: Kyle Walker

The more I see Walker play in the wing-back position, the better suited he seems to that role. He will be a nightmare for Manchester City defenders on Saturday evening getting forward causing problems.

LWB: Danny Rose

The same goes for Rose. He has established himself among the best left-backs in Europe in the last few months, and he will be a key player for Spurs if they are to beat Manchester City.

Nine Changes: Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face West Brom

Spurs return to Premier League action against West Brom on Saturday in the lunchtime 12:30 kickoff. The Lilywhites can momentarily go to within four points of leaders and into second with a win at White Hart Lane. 

Erik Lamela remains Mauricio Pochettino’s only injury concern, who has returned to Rome to complete his recovery from a hip injury. Here is the Spurs 3-4-2-1 predicted line-up to face West Brom.

GK: Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman has been solid in between the sticks for the entirety of this season, and there is no reason why he will not start on Saturday against West Brom.

CB: Eric Dier

Dier is one of the most versatile players I have seen at Spurs in a long time. Once upon a time, he used to play right-back. Now he can play as a centre-back or as defensive midfielder. He can do a job almost anywhere on the pitch. He should start in a back three here.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Alderweireld was one of the players to start both against Chelsea and Aston Villa. He was taken off after seventy minutes last week after another strong showing. He should start in the middle of the back three here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

The back three consisting of Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Dier was really effective against Chelsea in the 2-0 win, and I trust that Pochettino will stick with the same back three for this return to Premier League action.

RWB: Kyle Walker

Both Manchester City and Manchester United have linked with moves for Walker and Rose. Personally I can’t see this happening. Both are in terrific form at Spurs, they are happy as far as we can see. Despite the fairly small amount of speculation, he should start against West Brom.

LWB: Danny Rose

The competitiveness in the squad has clearly benefited both Rose and Walker, but Rose is in the form of his life. He is much more dangerous going forward in this wing-back role, and Walker is too. The two should start on Saturday.

Spurs & Premier League Clubs Face Massive Fixture Pile Up, Managers Will Be Fuming

We have all heard managers moaning about the festive fixture schedule for this season, which has seen some teams play two games in the space of three days. However, according to a draft schedule drawn up by the Premier League, things could be about to get a lot worse for Premier League managers next season. 

Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp have been the main critiques of the congested festive Premier League fixture schedule, which keeps fans entertained up and down the country over the festive period. Pep Guaroiola has been other manager that has struggled to cope with the demand of the festive season.

The former Bayern Munich manager saw his side travel to Hull on Boxing Day, before making the trip to Anfield on New Year’s Eve to face Liverpool, and finishing up on 2nd January to face Burnley at home. Jurgen Klopp was very unhappy with the fact that his Liverpool side faced Manchester City on New Year’s Eve but then had to make the trip to Sunderland just a couple of days after on 2nd January.

The feeling was similar with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who repeatedly stressed that the packed fixture list was not benefiting his side in any way. The Frenchman saw his side host Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day before making the trip to Bournemouth, where his side fought back from 3-0 down to somehow rescue a point at the Vitality Stadium. Alan Curtis of Swansea and Crystal Palace’s Sam Allardyce have also been critical of the recent run of fixtures.

If Premier League managers were not impressed with this season’s schedule, they are likely to be absolutely furious with next season’s proposed schedule. If this draft fixture schedule drawn up by the Premier League is turned into the officaial fixture schedule for next season, we could see SIX matchdays played in just SEVENTEEN DAYS. That gives teams less than three days on average between games.

The BBC were the first to report this, and claim that matchdays are set to be scheduled for the following dates next campaign:

Saturday 16 December 2017
Wednesday 20 December 2017
Saturday 23 December 2017
Tuesday 26 December 2017
Saturday 30 December 2017
Monday 1 January 2018

Of course these would not ease the calls by managers for a winter break, nor would it please managers in the slightest. Clubs would have to use the full depth of their squads to cope with this busy proposed schedule, but equally this may please fans, who would see 60 Premier League games in the space of seventeen days.

These dates will not apply for all clubs however as TV selections will have a huge effect on different team’s festive fixture schedules.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has kept quiet about the piled up fixtures over the Christmas period. His side have been able to deal with this over the past couple of years. Spurs picked up seven points from three games last festive period, and the Lilywhites have managed to go one better this season and pick up nine points from nine over Christmas and New Year. Spurs and Manchester United are the only teams to have done that this season.

Premier League managers are not likely to be happy about the new fixture schedule, but what do you make of it all?

The 3-5-2 Starting XI Mauricio Pochettino Must Play If Spurs Are To Beat Chelsea

Chelsea pay a visit to White Hart Lane on fire. They have won their last thirteen games in the Premier League, and are bidding to break Arsenal’s record of consecutive wins. A win for Spurs however not only helps other teams in the title race, but also hauls themselves into contention. 

It’s a massive game in the context of this season, and here is the starting eleven that Mauricio Pochettino should name in a 3-5-2 formation if Spurs are to win this game.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Goes without saying that Hugo should start in between the sticks. He is a top quality goalkeeper and Spurs will need his saves if they are going to take all three points.

CB: Eric Dier

Mr. Versatile might have to slot in at centre-back here. It will be between him and Kevin Wimmer for a starting spot at the back if Pochettino decides to play with a three at the back formation.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

After a patchy season so far in terms of injuries, we hope that the Belgian has an injury-free rest of the season. He looked solid against Watford, and we hope for more of the same here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

We have seen many interesting battles between Jan Vertonghen and Diego Costa over the last couple of years, and it is likely that he will be man-marking him again. The defence will need to be strong if Spurs are to get a result against Antonio Conte’s side.

RWB: Kyle Walker

Pochettino might look to match Chelsea in their formation, and deploy wing-backs. Kyle Walker will look to get forward and cause problems, getting crosses into the box. But as we know, Walker is more than capable defensively should he be needed back.

LWB: Danny Rose

Rose has been playing very well in the last few weeks, and will be trusted in playing a similar role to Kyle Walker but on the left-hand side. Spurs were exposed for the second goal at Stamford Bridge on the Chelsea right, and Rose will look to eliminate the possibility of this happening again.