Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI to play West Ham United - Sandro back in?

Match to be played on Saturday 3rd May 2014 at 12:45. Venue: Boleyn Ground, London.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood will be hoping that his side can make it three wins in a row following back-to-back victories after that dramatic draw against West Brom.

Spurs look set for another season of Europa League football next year and Sherwood is likely to continue giving younger players a chance over the rest of the season, as his reported exit draws closer.

Here’s the side he could select to face West Ham this weekend.

GK – Hugo Lloris

The Frenchman will be one of the first names down on the team sheet. He gives his defence the confidence to take a few more risks.

RB – Kyle Naughton

Roy Hodgson has just voiced his fears that Kyle Walker may not be fit from a hip problem to take part in the World Cup. Kyle Naughton won’t mind as it means he keeps his place in the back four.

CB – Michael Dawson

Dawson should keep his place as Tottenham’s skipper. He’s a leader and an experienced player in the defence, which is important if this match doesn’t start as Spurs would hope.

CB – Younes Kaboul

It’s important for Kaboul to play in this game because of his size and presence. West Ham are a long ball side and Spurs need players who can rise up to the aggressive tactics used by West Ham’s attack.

LB – Danny Rose

Rose bagged a goal against Stoke so he’ll be full of confidence and it’s important Sherwood keeps him in the side so he can maintain that momentum.

RM – Aaron Lennon

Lennon’s pace down the right is important for the counter attack. He can utilise space that West Ham leave when they attack.

CM – Sandro

Sherwood may get Sandro back into the starting side simply because he has that presence in midfield and is someone who can out himself about effectively.

CM – Paulinho

Paulinho can control the pace of Tottenham’s play and he’s comfortable in possession under pressure. He’ll try and move the ball forward quickly.

LM – Christian Eriksen

Eriksen has started to return to the sort of form which he showed over the first half of the season. The Dane is influencing games and will be important coming in off the left hand side.

ST – Emmanuel Adebayor

Adebayor is a good player to have pressing the shoulder of the defence or dropping off slightly. He’s also a good target man if Tottenham have to hit the ball long.

ST – Harry Kane

Kane has been given a chance by Sherwood and may keep his place. He’ll have to work very hard throughout because the Hammers will try and rough him up.

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