Mason makes big Alli call, £27m-rated ace axed in 3 changes: Predicted Spurs XI v AVFC - opinion
Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to qualify for a place in Europe next season with a win over Aston Villa this evening.
Interim manager Ryan Mason can guide his side to no worse than seventh place if they manage to clinch three points in North London and they head into kick-off on the back of a much-needed victory over Wolves last time out.
It leaves the 29-year-old caretaker with a lot to ponder, especially as there are a few injuries to contend with.
So, what sort of Spurs XI could we see tonight? Here’s our predicted line-up, as well as the latest team and injury news from N17…
Mason could make as many as three changes from Sunday’s victory.
In his pre-game press conference, the temporary boss hinted that Gareth Bale may not be fit to feature, whilst Ben Davies is still on the sidelines, so there is a decision to be made in attack – who joins Harry Kane and Heung-min Son?
There are a few contenders but we’re expecting Lucas Moura to get the nod over both Erik Lamela and Steven Bergwijn.
Mason will also have another big call to make on Dele Alli, who has now started three straight Premier League games for the very first time this campaign.
The 25-year-old playmaker is likely to remain in the no.10 role in an exciting front four.
Further back in midfield, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg should keep up his record of starting every single top-flight game this term but there could be a huge temptation to turn to Tanguy Ndombele over Giovani Lo Celso.
The £27m-rated Argentine doesn’t seem like the best partner for the great Dane, at least compared to the relationship the Frenchman struck up with him earlier in the season.
Both of them, along with Alli, should help fill the likely void left behind by Bale.
The defence pretty much selects itself with Davies absent.
Mason is yet to turn to summer signing Joe Rodon, so Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld are likely to remain in the heart of defence, along with Sergio Reguilon.
But they could be joined by Serge Aurier in the third and final change, as the Ivory Coast international has been back in training this week following his surprise absence on Sunday.
He’ll replace Japhet Tanganga at right-back.