Rafa made changes over the weekend, but there were a few who failed to grasp their big chance, so I can see us returning to our tried and trusted side for this one.
I can’t see it happening, but here’s the side I’d like to see Rafa try out tonight:
Aside from the obvious (Kane, Eriksen, Alli, Son), here’s a few players I’ll have my eye on tomorrow:
Davinson Sanchez – An outstanding athlete and highly impressive centre-back on his day, but he’s quite erratic when put under pressure. Capable of making a big mistake if he’s put under enough pressure (you know what to do Ritchie, Gayle, Diame, Perez..)
Huge Lloris – Has been criticised by several Spurs fans recently after a few too many errors. Testing him early doors could be a wise move to make the Wembley crowd even more tense.
Moussa Sissoko – He could start given midfield options Dembele, Dier and Winks have all been ruled out. We know what he’s like. Limit his space on the ball and he’ll struggle to do much more than make 5-yard passes.
Predicted Spurs XI – (3-4-2-1) – Lloris – Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen – Trippier, Wanyama, Eriksen, Davies – Alli, Son – Kane.
For an inside look into tonight’s opponents, take a look at the latest edition of the ‘Opposition Opinion’. Another good insight into this weekend’s opponents.
Newcastle – 10th (41 pts) – Last 5 in the league – Won: 2 / Drawn: 0 / Lost: 3
Tottenham – 4th (71 pts) – Last 5 in the league – Won: 2 / Drawn: 1 / Lost: 2
Atsu and Clark have been ruled out of this one once again, with the former set to miss the final two games of the season. Slimani has returned to Leicester after being handed a three-game ban, so he won’t be in the squad.
Eric Dier is suffering from illness and will miss out, but Jan Vertonghen is available despite coming off injured late on during Saturday’s late defeat at West Brom.
Midfield maestro Mousa Dembele is out, as is right-back Serge Aurier and midfielder Harry Winks. (Via BBC)
Unfortunately, it feels like we’ve switched off for the season. Securing a top 10 finish and pulling off a shock win at Wembley are our two main motivators tonight, but Tottenham’s urge to secure Champions League football could trump that in this one.
I think we’ll be a little more switched on than we were on Saturday (we’ll have to be!), but I see Spurs having too much for this in this one – especially when they’ll be out to avenge their late defeat to West Brom at the weekend.
I fancy us to score and aim to unsettle them from the off, but the gulf in class in the final third makes me believe they’ll comfortably outscore us.
Prediction: Spurs 3-1 Newcastle
Howay the lads!