Match to be played on Sunday 27th October 2013 at 16:00. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.
Tottenham Hotspur could go level on points with Arsenal this weekend if they beat Hull City and the Gunners slip to defeat at Crystal Palace.
Spurs continued their good form in the Europa League with a win over FC Sheriff, which has given manager Andre Villas-Boas a few selection dilemmas over which side to go with for this Sunday’s match.
Tottenham have three first team regulars missing in the form of Danny Rose, Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue but AVB should still be able to name a strong team.
Here is the side he may go with.
GK – Hugo Lloris
Lloris is the clear number one at the club right now and a player who gives the back four a lot of confidence. The Frenchman is very alert and extremely quick which means he can clear dangerous situations, allowing Tottenham’s defenders to play a higher line.
RB – Kyle Walker
Walker is one of the quickest defenders that Tottenham have available. He’s good going forward and working with the midfield and he’s solid defensively, whether he’s pressing the winger or tucked in closer to Michael Dawson.
CB – Michael Dawson
Dawson has a big role to play in this game, especially if Hull try to exploit Tottenham aerially. Dawson is very good in the air and his leadership is vital at the back, keeping everyone alert and the back four well organised. He’s a good player whether Spurs are higher or have dropped deeper.
CB – Vlad Chiriches
Chiriches had a decent game against Aston Villa last weekend and he deserves to retain his place in the middle of the defence. He looked solid in all areas defensively and allows AVB the luxury of being able to play Jan Vertonghen at left-back.
LB – Jan Vertonghen
The left sided Belgian defender should slot in on the left side of the defence. Vertonghen is superb defensively and he’s competent when he gets forward. He’s also got a very good physical presence and creates an extra threat to the opposition at set piece situations.
RM – Andros Townsend
Townsend has been a revelation for Spurs this season and his ability to cause chaos on the right is obvious. The winger can beat a left-back down the outside or he can cut back in onto his stronger left foot and pepper the goal.
DM – Sandro
Tottenham midfielder Sandro can be the player who sits and holds in the midfield, protecting the back four and stepping in for other midfielders who get caught out of position. He’s one of the best around when it comes to breaking up the play and winning back possession for his team.
CM – Paulinho
Paulinho is one of the best players in the Premier League when it comes to box-to-box midfielders. He’s great at popping up in advanced positions but also at dropped back to offer the defence even more protection. He’ll be the one Tottenham look to, to pull the strings in the middle.
AM – Christian Eriksen
Eriksen is a very good player in behind the main striker. He can link the various parts of the midfield well as well as getting forward to support the striker, playing in behind him but also running beyond him, which creates more space for the centre forward to work in.
LM – Gylfi Sigurdsson
This is a difficult one for AVB because with Aaron Lennon fit, it’s difficult to justify not playing the winger down the left. However, Sigurdsson offer control and protection of the ball which allows Tottenham to maintain pressure.
ST – Roberto Soldado
Another difficult one for AVB because Jermaine Defoe played well in the Europa League win yesterday. However, Soldado bagged a goal last weekend against Aston Villa, which means he’s probably just about done enough to retain his place in the team.
What do you think? Should Lennon and Defoe be starting?