Match to be played on Wednesday 29th January 2014 at 19:45. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.
Tottenham will be well rested after they didn’t have an FA Cup tie over the weekend, as they prepare for a difficult Premier League game against Manchester City.
The aim for Spurs hasn’t finished with a top four slot the priority. Tim Sherwood will be able to prepare a strong side for the match as well as looking to strengthen the current squad by the end of the week.
Here’s the side he may go with for Wednesday’s game.
GK – Hugo Lloris
The Frenchman has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. He takes risks but that gets his side out of trouble frequently.
RB – Kyle Walker
Walker has the pace and the fitness to be able to run the right side of the pitch throughout the 90 minutes. City will look to pull him out of position so he has to stayed disciplined and pass players on well.
CB – Michael Dawson
Dawson needs to have a big game as the leader in the back four. He’ll be under pressure because City’s attacking stars may drift onto him because of his lack of pace. He can deal effectively with any aerial threat.
CB – Vlad Chiriches
The temptation for Sherwood will be to get Jan Vertonghen back into the team. However, Chiriches has been playing well and deserves to keep his place.
LB – Danny Rose
Rose will also be targeted by City as they look to put him onto the back foot and keep him there. Rose has the pace to be a useful asset going forward but his defensive game needs to be solid.
RM – Aaron Lennon
Lennon’s pace will be key on the counter attack. He needs to be disciplined and work hard off the ball, protecting Walker and helping him because there will be long spells when Spurs don’t have possession.
CM – Mousa Dembele
Dembele is a very versatile player in the middle of Tottenham’s team. He can sit and break things up when Spurs are under pressure and he’ll get forward when the side is on top.
CM – Nabil Bentaleb
Sherwood sees something in Bentaleb which suggests he’ll probably start this game. The young midfielder should relish the match and should be up for producing one of his best performances.
LM – Christian Eriksen
Eriksen has been playing well under Sherwood and should continue, with a left sided position. He won’t always stay there and will sometimes give into his natural urge of coming inside.
ST – Emmanuel Adebayor
Adebayor bagged a brace in his last outing for Spurs and he’ll carry on in attack against his former employers. He should be determined to prove them wrong.
ST – Roberto Soldado
The aim for the Spaniard will be to work the City central defenders constantly. He needs to be constantly moving, trying to drag players out of position and looking to create space.