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If you’re looking for the positives then Tottenham Hotspur have kept back-to-back clean sheets in their last two matches.

However, even the most optimistic of Tottenham fans may be hard pushed to feel confident going into Sunday’s derby against Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho’s side may have tightened up at the back since the restart, but going forward they have been extremely poor.

Tottenham have mustered up just five shots on targets in their last three games, and they failed to register a single shot on Aaron Ramsdale’s goal in their last outing against Bournemouth.

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With Spurs having an almost fully fit squad to choose from their form is highly concerning. 

Mourinho just hasn’t been able to find the winning formula, and the pressure is starting to build on him now.

The Portuguese boss could ease some of the frustrations building around Spurs with victory over their biggest rivals, but defeat would only heighten the criticism being aimed at him.

Mourinho will surely be determined to get his team selection right, and Tanguy Ndombele may well be pushing for his first start since the return to action.

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Ndombele came off the bench in Tottenham’s last match, and sparked a small improvement against Bournemouth.

With Mourinho suggesting that Giovani Lo Celso was tired, it could be that the Argentine is dropped to make room for Ndombele. 

Elsewhere, Lucas must feel confident of starting – given Mourinho’s faith in him.

Lucas has not enjoyed the most productive of times, but Mourinho appears to really rate him, and he looks more likely than £27 million man (BBC Sport) Steven Bergwijn to start down the flank.

Elsewhere, Erik Lamela could be picked to continue in an attacking midfield spot, as his tenacity is likely to be useful in a derby match and Heung-Min Son will surely return to Tottenham’s starting team. 

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