Conte starts £28.8m-rated “liability”, Ndombele returns: Predicted Spurs XI vs Leeds – opinion

Conte starts £28.8m-rated “liability”, Ndombele returns: Predicted Spurs XI vs Leeds – opinion

Tottenham Hotspur round off this weekend’s Premier League fixtures as they host Leeds United later this afternoon.

Antonio Conte will take the dugout for his first home match in charge of Spurs, having replaced Nuno Santo nearly three weeks ago. He remains unbeaten after two games after a win against Vitesse in the Europa Conference League and a 0-0 draw to Everton before the international break.

The Italian is now dealing with some injury concerns, whilst one of his starters will be absent through suspension, so it’ll be interesting to see what sort of lineup he names in N17 today.

Here’s what Football FanCast are predicting…


There could be only two changes to the side that played out the stalemate at Goodison Park.

Argentina duo Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso have returned from international duty with their own injury problems, the former could be out for a while after picking up a suspected hamstring injury, whilst the latter is a major doubt heading into kick-off.

Davinson Sanchez seems the most likely option to replace him in the heart of Conte’s back-three, even if the £28.8m-rated star has been dubbed a “real liability” to his team in the past.

Meanwhile, Lucas Moura could keep his place in the final third, but he may move in centrally into the no.10 role, meaning Dele Alli is snubbed once again.

The other change could see Tanguy Ndombele start for the first time under Conte as he replaces the suspended Oliver Skipp in the engine room. He is likely to partner Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the middle, with Harry Winks on standby in case the Dane doesn’t feature through injury.

They, along with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son complete the attack.

Further back, Sanchez will join goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier and left-back Ben Davies in defence, with Sergio Reguilon and Emerson Royal bombing down the flanks.

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