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Spurs predicted XI v Chelsea: Jose Mourinho picks rarely-seen 23-year-old, £42m man drops out

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Spurs predicted XI v Chelsea: Jose Mourinho picks rarely-seen 23-year-old, £42m man drops out

Tottenham Hotspur will hope to extend their winning run in all competitions to six games and regain top spot in the Premier League on Sunday.

Although Spurs slipped to second in the table on Saturday, they have a great opportunity to go two points clear of Liverpool, who could only draw 1-1 at Brighton.

However, Tottenham’s task will be difficult, with third-placed Chelsea having won their last six games and also within reach of the summit, sitting just three points behind the Reds.

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Jose Mourinho is bound to make widescale changes for the trip to Stamford Bridge following their 4-0 win over Ludogorets, which saw 10 different starters from the victory over Manchester City.

Hugo Lloris had a knock but should be back to start in goal, with Mourinho confident the £100,000-a-week keeper, as well as Giovani Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn, will be fit for the game.

One surprise in defence could see Davinson Sanchez drop out of the XI and Joe Rodon come in for his full Spurs debut, with Toby Alderweireld out injured.

The 23-year-old, who has only played nine minutes over two late appearances off the bench, is ineligible for the Europa League group stage, but has reportedly impressed Mourinho in training and could start against the Blues ahead of the £42million man.

 

The rest of the back four should have a familiar feel to it, with Sergio Reguilon, Eric Dier and Serge Aurier all likely to return.

Likewise, the rest of the starting XI could be very similar to the one which won at Man City, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Moussa Sissoko in central midfield.

Further up the pitch, Harry Kane is bound to lead the line, with Tanguy Ndombele behind him and Son Heung-min to the Frenchman’s left.

We predict that Lucas Moura will complete the XI instead of Steven Bergwijn or Gareth Bale, the £25million man’s workrate and defensive capabilities needed against a Chelsea side laden with attacking talent.

Spurs predicted XI v Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Aurier, Rodon, Dier, Reguilon; Sissoko, Hojbjerg; Lucas, Ndombele, Son; Kane

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