All Change For Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs Predicted Line-up v Apoel Nicosia

By timgarrett IN Champions League,Lineup - 12:35 Sep 26th 2017

APOEL v SPURS

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Last season’s Champions League campaign may have ended with group stage disappointment for Spurs, but much can be taken from their opening away fixture last time round. Faced with a potentially tricky trip to CSKA Moscow, Mauricio Pochettino’s side produced a highly disciplined display to earn a 1-0 victory and a hugely important 3 points. A repeat of that this evening would act as a huge signal of intent, as the North Londoners seek to confirm themselves as front-runners in the deadly Group H alongside Real Madrid.

Their opponents, Apoel Nicosia, were beaten 3-0 by Madrid in their Champions League opener, but showed enough in that outing to prove they’re a far from out of their depth at this level. Strong and organised, they have enough quality to cause Spurs problems, meaning that Pochettino must get his selection right. This is the XI we expect him to go with:

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SPURS LINE-UP
v APOEL - GSP STADIUM, 26 Sep 2017, 19:45
PLAYER% MINS PLDGLSAST.
Lloris
88%
000 / 0
Aurier
26%
001 / 1
Alderweire
88%
003 / 0
Sanchez
50%
000 / 0
Foyth
13%
000 / 0
Trippier
64%
020 / 0
Winks
17%
000 / 0
Dier
86%
003 / 0
Sissoko
56%
000 / 0
Kane
86%
612 / 0
Son Heung-
52%
100 / 0
Totals739 / 1

Spurs are currently struggling with something of an injury crisis, with Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen joining long-term absentees such as Erik Lamela on the sidelines. Add in Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli’s suspensions and the team does begin to have something of a makeshift look to it.

Still, there’s set to be plenty of quality on show. Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez have already begun to strike up a strong partnership, keeping clean sheets in half of the games they’ve played together so far. An extension of that record would provide the perfect basis for victory here.

Whilst not a hugely experienced midfield unit, it is one that has been successful when it has been called upon. Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko have started 13 games together previously, with Spurs winning 10 times and losing just once.

When Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane start together for Spurs, the side average just over 2 goals per game. Their clinical finishing will be much needed here, with Apoel sure to attempt to restrict opportunities on their goal to a minimum.

Overall, this is still a very strong Spurs team and one that should have more than enough to claim another all-important victory. 6 points from 2 Champions League matches would be the perfect start as they seek to make an impact in the competition once more.

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