After a gutting loss in midweek against Ajax in the Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino will expect a reaction from his players on Saturday afternoon. Spurs will travel down to Bournemouth in search of a vital three points as they seek to secure their place in top four before the end of the season.
Tottenham put in a lacklustre performance in the first half of their last game that mimicked their performance against West Ham. Their thin squad and tired legs has really started to show in recent weeks with just two wins from their previous four league games. Pochettino must do all he can to get the best out of his players in their remaining games as Champions League football next season is vital.
Bournemouth are in no danger of relegation and have nothing left to play for in this late stage of the season. Spurs will need to be alert to ensure they go back to London with a win.
Here’s how we predict Spurs to line up on Saturday:
GK: Hugo Lloris
Having kept a clean sheet against the opposition in the home tie earlier this season, the Spurs skipper will be looking to do the same again.
RB: Juan Foyth
The young Argentine could get the knod for this one with Trippier being rested for Spurs’ trip to Amsterdam on Wednesday.
CB: Toby Alderweireld
Alderweireld will likely start in the Champions League next week so a strong performance against Bournemouth will be good for his confidence.
CB: Davinson Sanchez
With Jan Vertonghen ruled out of this tie due to a head injury, Sanchez will take his place along side Alderweireld.
LB: Ben Davies
Pochettino will have one eye on Wednesday night and will likely rest Danny Rose on Saturday afternoon.
CM: Eric Dier
Having started on the bench in recent weeks, Dier could be handed a place in the starting XI for this one.
CM: Moussa Sissoko
Sissoko was excellent when he was introduced to the game against Ajax and plays an integral part in Tottenham’s midfield.
CM: Dele Alli
Alli has not been as influential this season as he has been in the past. This game is a perfect opportunity to get on the scoresheet and finish the season strong.
CAM: Christian Eriksen
Eriksen has been Spurs’ match winner in recent weeks and despite the rumours regarding his future, he will need to do his best to step up yet again.
ST: Lucas Moura
The Brazilian has failed to impress since his hat-trick against Huddersfield but now is the time for him to show his quality yet again.
ST: Heung-Min Son
Tottenham’s star man missed the first leg of the Champions League semi-final due to a yellow card and will be chomping at the bit to get back out on the pitch for his team.
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