Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to play Southampton - Eriksen must start!

Match to be played on Sunday 23rd March 2014 at 13:30. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.

Tottenham Hotspur have to quickly forget about the disappointment of being dumped out of the Europa League and switch their focus back to the Premier League.

Spurs take on Southampton this weekend who have been a match for the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United away from home, which means Tim Sherwood’s side can’t take this match lightly.

Sherwood has several injuries to contend with ahead of the weekend but he could welcome one or two key players back into the team. Here’s the side he may go with.

GK – Hugo Lloris

Lloris’ position in the side is unquestioned. He’s a very active, quick thinking goalkeeper, always looking to help out his defence. Fingers crossed he’s shaken off a recent knock.

RB – Kyle Naughton

Naughton has seen a lot of game time recently and he should continue in the absence of Kyle Walker. It’s another chance for him to prove his quality.

CB – Younes Kaboul

Fingers crossed that Kaboul is also through a recent injury problem. The Saints are a very dangerous attacking unit so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Sherwood throws him back into the team.

CB – Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen didn’t play against Benfica because he was suspended. He provides a welcome, fresh option in the back four.

LB – Danny Rose

Rose provides balance on the left and he’s young and fit enough to be able to recover quickly from the game against Benfica for Sunday’s early kick-off.

RM – Aaron Lennon

Lennon is a good option to have over on the right. He’s very quick and has good skill on the ball when he’s moving forward at pace. Delivery in the final third has to be spot on.

CM – Sandro

Expect to see Sandro move back into a more natural midfield role after he filled in defensively against Benfica.

CM – Nabil Bentaleb

Bentaleb has been a favourite of Sherwood ever since he took over as head coach. He’ll no doubt use him once again in the heart of Tottenham’s midfield.

AM – Christian Eriksen

Eriksen will be fresh as he didn’t start against Benfica. He has to start because he’s one of the few players in the Tottenham squad who can make things happen whenever he picks up the ball.

LM – Andros Townsend

Townsend is a better option to use on the left than Sigurdsson because he is a better out and out winger. He will drift in at times but importantly creates width.

ST – Emmanuel Adebayor

Adebayor needed the rest from the Benfica game because he’s reportedly been playing through the pain barrier recently. Expect him to return well rested and refreshed.

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