Tottenham, without any shadow of doubt are quickly transforming into a side capable of challenging for the title in the coming few seasons. Mauricio Pochetinno has build a zestful team full of capable youngsters who are slowly turning into full blooded international players. The likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane are prominent examples of this. Their rampaging win over West Ham was a game that suggested that no matter how much you watch Tottenham play, you can’t get enough of them, such was the irresistibility in their style. It was arguably the first instance in sometime that Spurs controlled games from the midfield and that was good to see.
And the Lilywhites would move onto a new stepping stone, if they win their game at Qarabag. A win would take Spurs to the knockout stages of the Europa League, allowing them to concentrate of the league games. And here’s how they might line up:
GK: Michel Vorm
The Dutchman has seen a limited amount of action this season or in fact since arriving from Swansea last season. With a crucial game against Chelsea fast approaching, Pochetinno would be careful enough to rest some of his players. Lloris has been a key part of the Spurs side and Vorm desperately needs a run out.
RB: Kieran Trippier
He has started in most of Spurs’ games in the cup or in the Europa League and the game against Qarabag presents him another opportunity to impress. With Kyle Walker in need of rest for the London derby at the weekend, Trippier will be given a go. And as per reports, Kyle Walker has not travelled to Azerbaijan for the game, implying Tripper would start.
CB: Federico Fazio
The signing from Sevilla has fallen down in the pecking order after the impressive showings of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen this season. He has seen a limited amount of action and may just get a go.
CB: Kevin Wimmer
Another one of those players who have been preferred in cup games. Wimmer has hardly featured in the Premier League this season. The summer signing from Koln is known to be cultured centre half and Pochetinno has played him regularly in Europa league games and this one could be another such occasion.
LB: Ben Davies
First choice left back Danny Rose hasn’t travelled to Azerbaijan for the game, eventually meaning that the Welshman would be given a spot in the starting line up.
CDM: Eric Dier
The new England international has been one of Spurs’ most impressive players this season and has earned a knack for being an accurate tackler and interceptor. Spurs need a ball winning midfielder in this game and Dier would be exactly what they need.
CDM: Dele Alli
Dier and Alli strike up a very good relationship in the midfield and could hold the key for Tottenham in this game. Dier wins the ball back, circulates it forward and Alli plays passes and scores goals.
RM: Hueng Min Son
Hasn’t quite looked at his best after recovering from his injury and has looked the least effective out of their three behind the striker. He needs to recover his form and this can be the game when he does that.
CAM: Ryan Mason
Mason, who enjoyed a break out season last campaign has been largely overshadowed this season. Has made substitute appearances from the bench in the Premier League and hasn’t seen enough amount of action too. Playing him in a game that’s relatively easy, would be sensible enough.
LM: Christian Eriksen
The young Dane has created a good amount of chances and has scored and assisted in convincing amounts too. He’s played a key role in a majority of their games and would hold the key for their success in this game too.
ST: Clinton N’jie
The Frenchman has shown glimpses of impressive pace and acceleration, with a need to exhibit it properly. He hasn’t been able to do so and after an injury problem, the former Lyon man could be thrown into the mix for showing it all off.