Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to play Cardiff City - Sandro to miss out as four return

White Hart Lane

Match to be played on Sunday 2nd March 2014 at 16:30. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to keep the pressure right on top of Liverpool this Sunday when they host Cardiff City at White Hart Lane.

Spurs go into the game off the back of a good win in the Europa League against Dnipro, which marked the return of important holding midfielder Sandro to the starting eleven.

Here’s the side head coach Tim Sherwood could select for the game.

GK – Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and will be one of the first names down in the team sheet each week.

RB – Kyle Naughton

Naughton could get the nod to continue at right-back if Kyle Walker is still struggling with a hip problem.

CB – Michael Dawson

Dawson has been an ever present in the heart of Tottenham’s defence and he should keep his place. Don’t be surprised if Sherwood subs him in the second-half if fatigue starts to kick in.

CB – Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen should slot in on the left hand side of central defence. He’s effective in that role and can also cover at left-back if the full-back gets caught up the pitch.

LB – Danny Rose

Fingers crossed that the knee problem which kept rose out of the Dnipro game isn’t serious. If it’s not then he should come back in at left-back, looking to make the most of his pace in defence and attack.

RM – Aaron Lennon

Lennon will be a key part of Tottenham’s attack over on the right. His pace is a real asset for Spurs going forward and it’s important he’s precise with his final ball in the final third.

CM – Paulinho

Paulinho enjoyed a rest against Dnipro and he should come back into the midfield, as a player who can sit and hold but also get forward when Tottenham are on top.

CM – Nabil Bentaleb

Replaced Sandro for the final quarter of an hour against Dnipro and someone else who should slot back into the side. He’s been one of Sherwood’s key players since he took over.

CM – Mousa Dembele

Dembele will probably be urged to get forward the most out of the players who are named to start in central midfield. He has the power needed to burst through the centre of Cardiff’s team and create some real problems.

LM – Christian Eriksen

Eriksen may start out on the left but he won’t always stay there. When the left-back can get forward, he’ll try and tuck in behind the main striker where he’s at his best.

ST – Emmanuel Adebayor

Adebayor is in great form and grabbed another brace last night. Tottenham need to cash in on his confidence and momentum in another very important game.

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