Jose Mourinho will be looking to put the disappointment of failing to beat struggling Bournemouth on Thursday night behind him as Tottenham Hotspur prepare for Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal – and he could make three changes.
Spurs were poor against Bournemouth, failing to register a shot on target against a side that look somewhat beleaguered in the relegation zone. The draw sees Spurs fall behind in the race for European football, as they sit in ninth.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are getting a bit of confidence back. They have registered 10 points in their last four league games, conceding only goal – which came from Jamie Vardy in the 1-1 draw against Leicester City earlier this week.
Spurs started with Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min on the bench against Bournemouth, while Eric Dier – who has featured regularly at centre-back since the return to football – served the first of his four-match ban against the Cherries.
He will miss out for a second match and with Davinson Sanchez struggling for consistency, Jan Vertonghen is likely to partner Toby Alderweireld again after the two produced a clean sheet at the back on Thursday night.
Lucas and Son could come back into the side after initially being rested and only making substitute appearances against Bournemouth, replacing the disappointing Erik Lamela and Steven Bergwijn for Sunday’s clash.
Spurs’ midfield against Bournemouth lacked urgency until Tanguy Ndombele was introduced in the second half for his first minutes since the restart – and that may tempt Mourinho into handing the French ace a start against Arsenal.
Three changes then – in come Son, Moura and Ndombele, for Moussa Sissoko, Bergwijn and Lamela.