Tottenham host League One side Morecambe on Sunday afternoon, hoping to kick off their FA Cup campaign off in style.
Spurs fell to their first domestic defeat under Antonio Conte last time out, being outplayed by a strong Chelsea side in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final encounter. The north London outfit are, however, in generally strong fettle and look good heading into a crucial period in the race for Champions League qualification.
They’ll momentarily turn their attention to FA Cup matters, however, aiming to overcome a Morecambe side struggling in their maiden campaign in the third tier. Here’s how Spurs could line up for this one.
Pierluigi Gollini (GK) – With some rotation expected, we could see the Italian shot-stopper replace skipper Hugo Lloris between the sticks.
Japhet Tanganga (CB) – Has featured just once in Spurs’ previous three outings but should be afforded a second consecutive start in this one.
Joe Rodon (CB) – Has fallen by the wayside somewhat this term, playing just 78 minutes of Premier League action thus far, but should expect some minutes in the FA Cup.
Tobi Omole (CB) – Been called up to the senior side’s bench three times this season but, after consistently strong showings in the Premier League 2 for the Under-23s, might be in line for a senior debut.
Matt Doherty (RWB) – Emerson Royal seems to have this spot nailed down for league matters but, as Conte could rotate, we should see the Irishman start for a second straight game.
Harvey White (CM) – Youth should be given an opportunity against Morecambe so White, who has 11 Premier League 2 goal involvements in 14 appearances this term, could start.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM) – Hasn’t been a favourite since Conte’s introduction to the Tottenham dugout, but should be set for a start in this one.
Ryan Sessegnon (LWB) – Has been absent with injury for a few weeks but could be return to action in what should be a routine outing for Spurs.
Bryan Gil (RF) – Hasn’t showcased the brilliant natural talent he possesses since his summer arrival, but this is a perfect opportunity to do just that.
Dane Scarlett (ST) – The hugely-rated 17-year-old has been in and out of first-team plans this campaign but should be well and truly in for Sunday’s Cup clash.
Dele Alli (LF) – Hasn’t enjoyed life on the field under Conte so far but, if on song against Morecambe, it could be a day to remember for the 25-year-old.