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12/11/2022 | 10:33am
Tottenham Hotspur was eliminated from the Carabao Cup midweek and will be trying to win their final Premier League appearance before domestic action stops for the World Cup.
Antonio Conte’s side welcome Leeds United to north London, just days after they were beaten by Nottingham Forest and a week on from their defeat to Liverpool.
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Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski will be a welcome addition to the Italian team. They could also be able to help Harry Kane with the attack, as Heung-min Son is not there.
Spurs did shuffle the pack on Wednesday night, handing some rare minutes to players like backup goalkeeper Fraser Forster and academy graduate Oliver Skipp but it’s expected that France no.1 Hugo Lloris returns between the sticks.
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Davinson Sanchez is likely to be replaced by Ben Davies. He joins Eric Dier, Clement Lenglet, and Eric Dier in back three. Son will be joined on the treatment table by Cristian Romero.
Midfield “monster” Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is a workhorse and is expected to continue such a role, though he’ll surely be joined by Rodrigo Bentancur again after the £75k-per-week Uruguayan “animal” – as lauded by teammate Byran Gil – was afforded some rest, meaning Yves Bissouma and Skipp are dropped to the bench due to the shift back to a 3-4-3 system.
Ivan Perisic, a versatile veteran who played an hour upfront alongside Kane in defeat to Forest, should be reverted to a left side-back role. Djed Spencer could be given his first top-flight debut, although doubts still remain over Emerson Royale or Matt Doherty.
Conte would then make a total five changes over the last time.
Predicted Spurs XI (3-4-3): Lloris; Davies, Lenglet, Dier; Perisic, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Spence; Richarlison, Kulusevski, Kane
AND in other news, Conte could finally bin £40k-p/w flop as Spurs plot move for £44m “difference maker”…