Can This XI Stop City? Spurs Predicted Line-up v Man City

By Joel Turner IN General,Lineup,Premier League - 09:05 Dec 16th 2017

Spurs are the latest team to face the unenviable task of stopping Pep Guardiola's unrelenting Man City side.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could point to his side's success in stopping Chelsea's 13-match winning run last season for inspiration. As well as his side's 2-0 win last term in the corresponding fixture.

But with 49 goals so far this season and only 10 conceded, City are a much more formidable foe than the title-winning Chelsea side.

Spurs have not won away in four games, but have strung together two wins in their past two games at home.

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SPURS LINE-UP
v MAN CITY - ETIHAD STADIUM, 16 Dec 2017, 17:30
PLAYER% MINS PLDGLSAST.
Lloris
84%
000 / 0
Trippier
60%
070 / 0
Dier
88%
014 / 0
Vertonghen
87%
015 / 1
Davies
60%
231 / 0
Eriksen
80%
550 / 0
Dembele
43%
002 / 0
Winks
53%
011 / 0
Dele Alli
78%
761 / 0
Son Heung-
62%
830 / 0
Kane
81%
1833 / 0
Totals403017 / 1

Spurs will be encouraged by the fact that centre-back Jan Vertonghen avoided suspension by avoiding a fifth yellow card in the midweek win against Brighton.

With Toby Alderweireld injured and Davinson Sanchez serving the last game of his three-match ban Tottenham would have been left severely short at the back.

Eric Dier will partner Vertonghen in the middle of a back four. Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier will likely return in their full-back roles, with Danny Rose and Serge Aurier dropping to the bench.

Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele should return after both being rested against Brighton. Erik Lamela and Mousa Sissoko will drop out as a result.

Victor Wanyama remains injured and won't play any part.

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One Comment

  1. HotspurForever
    Posted December 16, 2017 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Not going to get anything out of this game with that defensive line-up. I am not impress with Dier playing in that right CB position and he will be exposed again with that City high flying team attacking on that side of the field. They will take advantage of it. IMHO, I will start Rose as a LWB and play Davies as a LCB alongside Vertonghen. Vertonghen will shift to the centre with Dier playing on the right hand side of a 3 CBs, so Trippier will play in his usual role as a RWB. This will give Dier amore support from both Vertonghen and Trippier. Given this defensive strategy, I have to make do without either Winks or Alli being dropped down to the bench and see how the game turns out in the first half an hour. Fellow Spurs supporters, any thoughts out there?