Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to play Stoke City - Dembele back in?

Match to be played on Saturday 26th April 2014 at 15:00. Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood will be hoping his side can follow up on their decent win against Fulham last weekend.

The boss will be looking for less defensive sloppiness in the back four but the attack looked fluent, with several players in good form as Spurs try and overhaul Everton in fifth place.

Here’s the side Sherwood could select for the game this weekend against Stoke.

GK – Hugo Lloris

Lloris is one of Tottenham’s most valuable players at the moment. He’ll be important in terms of offering the back four some extra protection.

RB – Kyle Naughton

With Kyle Walker no closer to a return, Naughton should continue down the right hand side of the back four.

CB – Younes Kaboul

Kaboul will be an important player in terms of tackling the aggressive and physical side of Stoke’s game.

CB – Vlad Chiriches

Chiriches could come back into the defence, injecting pace and a little more experience. It would be harsh on Zeki Fryers who enjoyed a rare start against Fulham.

LB – Danny Rose

Rose’s ability to use his pace and exploit the opposition on the counter attack is there for all to see. He’ll be important in terms of getting forward and providing extra width down the left.

RM – Aaron Lennon

Lennon will more than likely keep his place on the right. His speed always makes him a threat but he needs to work hard on being consistent with his delivery in the final third.

CM – Paulinho

The Brazilian can sit and pull the strings in Tottenham’s midfield for this game. It’s important for him to drop off regularly and push forward when he can.

CM – Mousa Dembele

One change Sherwood may consider is getting Dembele back into the starting line-up. He can inject some real fight and aggression in the middle.

LM – Christian Eriksen

Eriksen has been showing the sort of form over the last few weeks that he displayed over the first chunk of the season. It will be interesting to see how Stoke attempt to confine him.

ST – Emmanuel Adebayor

Adebayor has arguably been the best player under Sherwood since the head coach replaced AVB. His size and presence will help him against an aggressive defence.

ST – Harry Kane

The youngster has worked hard over the last few weeks and is starting to add goals to go with his impressive work rate.

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