Jose Mourinho could make plenty of changes to his Tottenham Hotspur side after Sunday’s disappointing 3-3 draw with West Ham United, as he prepares his Spurs side for their first Europa League game against LASK.
Spurs cruised to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes but were pegged back by David Moyes’ side, as Manuel Lanzini struck a brilliant 25-yard equaliser in injury time to secure a point for the east Londoners. It was another disappointing result for Spurs.
But they immediately have a chance to put that right. They take on Austrian side LASK on Thursday night and Mourinho will be looking to get off to a winning start in the Group, in order to put a marker down in pursuit of European silverware.
Gio Lo Celso and Eric Dier are doubts but are unlikely to be risked. Japhet Tanganga continues to remain sidelined but Erik Lamela featured in a training session on the Spurs pitch after Sunday’s draw – and he could play, after recovering from a knock.
The likes of Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and others that started on Sunday are likely to be rested. Dele Alli could also come into the fold, as could new signing Gareth Bale. The latter’s presence may hand Alli a deeper role.
Nine changes could be made in total, then. The two remaining in our predicted XI would be Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez, given Dier is a doubt and Joe Rodon was signed too late to be registered. Carlos Vinicius could make his debut.
So, in come Joe Hart, Matt Doherty, Ben Davies, Harry Winks, Alli, Lucas Moura, Bale, Lamela and Vinicius. Out go Hugo Lloris, Serge Aurier, Sergio Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Bergwijn, Tanguy Ndombele, Son and Kane.