Tottenham’s hope of causing an upset in the race for the Premier League glory encountered a huge blow last week when they surprisingly lost to Burnley at Turf Moor stadium. The game was marred by some controversial callings made by centre referee Mike Dean which led to Pochetino’s frustration.
The Argentine manager confronted Dean at the end of the game and he is likely to be punished by English FA for misconduct. Many pundits believe Pochetino could be slammed a two-match touchline ban by the League’s governing bodies for his action.
For the main time, Mauricio Pochetino will hope side return to winning ways when they tackle Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The first leg of this fixture ended in victory for the North London club as they emerged 3-1 victors over Maurizio Sarri’s men who have been unbeaten in 12 League matches before the fixture.
Having played 27 matches so far this season, free-scoring Tottenham have found the back of the net in 55 occasions, and have conceded 27 goals in the process.
They currently occupy the third position, with 10 points between them and the Blues who have one outstanding game.
A win against the Blues would see the Wembley outfits reduce the gap separating from second-placed Manchester City to just three points — depending on the outcome of City’s clash with West Ham on the same day.
Tottenham Injury list
England international Dele Alli is unavailable for the game as he continues to nurse his hamstring injury. Defensive Midfielder Eric Dier might play no part in the game as he is reportedly ill, though, a late fitness test would be carried out to confirm whether he is fit or not.
Apart from the two listed players, Pochetino has a full squad to choose from ahead of Wednesday’s mouthwatering encounter.
Hugo Lloris remains undisputed first-choice goaltender at Wembley stadium and he’s set to keep his place in the team.
Having performed below expectations against Burnley last weekend, defender Foyth is set for a place on the substitute bench while Colombian star Davidson Sanchez reclaim his spot in the line-up.
Belgian duo Alderweireld and Vertonghen are tipped to start while England international Danny Rose — who had a game to forget against Burnley — could be given another chance to impress from the start.
Sissoko, Eriksen and Harry Winks have cemented their respective spots in Pochetino’s team, hence, no player will replace any of them unless there’s a case of injury or suspension.
Trippier will likely return to the team after missing the defeat to Burnley, meaning Aurier is good for a place on the bench.
Harry Kane and Heung-min Son are going to lead the team at the final half of the pitch.
Starting XI Summary
Lloris, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose , Harry Winks, Sissoko, Trippier, Erikson; Heung-Min, Harry Kane.