After breezing to a 5-0 victory over Marine in the FA Cup, Tottenham’s hastily rescheduled Premier League game against Fulham on Wednesday represents a far sterner test.
Their trip to Merseyside offered Jose Mourinho are rare opportunity to rest some of his key players, meaning Spurs should be at full strength for the London derby.
Here is how Mourinho’s side should line up against the Cottagers…
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Hugo Lloris (GK) – The Frenchman was given a rest against Marine with walking calamity Joe Hart filling in between the sticks. Lloris will return for this one and stands a good chance of adding to his six clean sheets this season.
Serge Aurier (RB) – One calamitous error against Leicester aside, Aurier has enjoyed a strong season. For now, he should continue to keep Matt Doherty out of the team.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) – Despite playing 45 minutes against Marine, Mourinho should select Alderweireld, who has been a near ever-present this campaign, after a brief spell on the bench at the start of the season.
Eric Dier (CB) – Dier has only missed one Premier League game all season and we do not expect him to add to that tally by missing out against Fulham.
Sergio Reguilon (LB) – His breach of the coronavirus regulations does not seem to have affected his playing time. He should just shade Ben Davies to the left-back spot.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – Hojbjerg has been the standout defensive midfielder in the Premier League this season. Despite picking up a nasty gash to his leg against Brentford, he is available for selection.
Harry Winks (CM) – It will either be Winks or Moussa Sissoko partnering Hojbjerg in midfield. As Fulham are unlikely to have much possession, Mourinho should opt for Winks who is a superior passer.
Tanguy Ndombele (AM) – After a tricky debut season in north London, Ndombele has shown his talent far more frequently this campaign. He has been impressing as Spurs most advanced midfielder and will continue in that role on Wednesday.
Steven Bergwijn (RW) – With Giovani Lo Celso injured, Bergwijn should hold down the right forward berth for some time – not that his recent performances have not merited it.
Harry Kane (ST) – The England skipper is having one of his best ever seasons and his creativity will be key in breaking down Fulham’s low block.
Son Heung-min (LW) – Son is the highest points scorer in Fantasy Premier League this season. What more is there to say? Of course he starts.