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After clinching a 5-0 win over Marine in the FA Cup, Tottenham’s hastily rescheduled Premier League game against Fulham on Wednesday represents a much tougher test.
His trip to Merseyside offered José Mourinho a unique opportunity to rest some of his key players, which means Spurs should be in top form for the London derby.
This is how Mourinho’s team should line up against the Cottagers …
Hugo Lloris (GK) – The Frenchman received a break against Marine with calamity walking Joe Hart filling in between the sticks. Lloris will return for this one and has a good chance of increasing his six clean sheets this season.
Serge Aurier (RB) – Aside from a calamitous mistake against Leicester, Aurier has had a good season. For now, he should continue to keep Matt Doherty off the team.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) – Despite playing 45 minutes against Marine, Mourinho should pick Alderweireld, who has been around almost always this season, after a brief stint on the bench at the start of the season.
Eric Dier (CB) – Dier has only missed one Premier League game all season and we don’t expect him to add to that tally by losing to Fulham.
Sergio Reguilon (LB) – His breach of coronavirus regulations does not appear to have affected his playing time. It should shade Ben Davies to the left side.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – Hojbjerg has been the standout defensive midfielder in the Premier League this season. Despite suffering a leg injury against Brentford, he is available for selection.
Harry Winks (CM) – It will be Winks or Moussa Sissoko accompanying Hojbjerg in the center of the field. As Fulham is unlikely to have much possession, Mourinho should go for Winks, who is a superior passer.
Tanguy Ndombele (AM) – After a difficult debut season in North London, Ndombele has shown his talents much more often this season. He has impressed as Spurs’ most advanced midfielder and will continue in that role on Wednesday.
Steven Bergwijn (RW) – With Giovani Lo Celso injured, Bergwijn should keep the right-forward position for some time, although his recent performances have not deserved it.
Harry Kane (ST) – The England skipper is having one of his best seasons and his creativity will be key to breaking Fulham’s low block.
Son Heung-min (LW) – Son is the leading points scorer in the Fantasy Premier League this season. What more is there to say? Of course it begins.