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Spurs predicted XI v Man City: Mourinho brings back £23m man and £80k-a-week ace, 31-year-old dropped

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Spurs predicted XI v Man City: Mourinho brings back £23m man and £80k-a-week ace, 31-year-old dropped

Tottenham Hotspur have a tough fixture ahead of them as they return to Premier League action following the international break.

Jose Mourinho’s Spurs host Manchester City in North London on Saturday evening, and could go top of the league with a victory.

Tottenham, currently second, would go eight points clear of Pep Guardiola’s side should they triumph, but a defeat would see the gap cut to two points.

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So, who could Mourinho pick in his starting XI, based on how things are at present and on the latest updates as of Tuesday evening?

With Matt Doherty now unavailable due to self-isolation rules, Serge Aurier is the prime candidate to come in at right-back.

The £23million man, currently on international duty with Ivory Coast, is likely to be the only change in the back line – again, as things stand.

Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon, plus goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, should keep their spots from the victory over West Brom last time out.

 

The midfield could look familiar too, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg now indispensable for Spurs and Moussa Sissoko able to cover the space left behind by Aurier when he goes further upfield.

In front of the pivot, Son Heung-min, Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane are also shoo-ins in the XI, but then Mourinho has a decision to make on the right-hand side.

We predict Lucas Moura will get the nod over Gareth Bale for two reasons.

Firstly, it would give the 31-year-old a rest after being in action for Wales, and secondly, the £80,000-a-week Brazilian could also help out at the back, which would benefit Aurier.

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

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