Why Mauricio Pochettino should select this Tottenham XI versus Aston Villa

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Tottenham Hotspur play managerless Aston Villa on Monday.

Tottenham Hotspur host relegation-threatened Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on Monday, a game in which most supporters and pundits would expect them to win.

Spurs head into the clash coming off the back of a superb 5-1 win at Bournemouth, whereas Villa’s sixth straight defeat at home to Swansea saw them drop to bottom and cost Tim Sherwood his job.

Pochettino will be wary that manager-less Villa will be out to stop the rot, therefore it’s quite possible the visitors will drop deep and look to stifle Spurs’ attacking players and deny them space.

Back five:

After a decent defensive display at Bournemouth, there seems little reason to change the back five with everyone seemingly full of confidence and raring to go.

Fullbacks Danny Rose and Kyle Walker may actually feature more as attacking outlets rather than defensive fullbacks, therefore they could end up having a big role to play.

Midfield duo:

Eric Dier and Dele Alli have been Pochettino’s first-choice midfield duo of late, yet against Villa he may be better off playing the more attack-minded Moussa Dembele in a holding role.

The Belgium international’s best position is widely up for debate, yet his better attributes include powerful running, good close control and his ability to open up spaces with his dribbling.

If Villa sit back and look to play on the counter, Dembele would be the ideal man to penetrate from deep while also having the legs to snuff out any potential quick Villa breaks.

Attacking quartet:

With Heung-Min Son and Nacer Chadli still out injured, Pochettino doesn’t exactly have much freedom in his upcoming selection although one player he might wish to include is Clinton N’Jie.

The attacker hasn’t featured all too often since joining the club in the summer, yet his pace in wide areas could be of great use on Monday and there may not be a better time to start him.

Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen are bang in form at the moment and will fancy their chances of adding to their respective goal tallies against the Villains.

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