Mourinho makes big call on Alli, Bale starts in 8 changes: Predicted Spurs XI vs Stoke – opinion

Mourinho makes big call on Alli, Bale starts in 8 changes: Predicted Spurs XI vs Stoke – opinion

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to bounce back from a week of defeats as they take a break from the Premier League action this evening.

Jose Mourinho’s side head to Championship outfit Stoke City in a Carabao Cup quarter-final clash having lost to two top-four rivals in the form of Liverpool and Leicester City in the past seven days.

And the ‘Special One’ couldn’t have asked for an easier tie to put them closer to a long-awaited piece of silverware, but might he use this opportunity as a chance to rotate his starting lineup?

Spurs face Wolves on Sunday, so with that in mind, here’s the XI we’re predicting this evening…


We’re expecting there to be vast changes in Staffordshire, though Spurs are still left with a very strong-looking lineup.

Between the sticks, we may see back-up goalkeeper Joe Hart take over from club captain Hugo Lloris, whilst usual central defensive partnership Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld are also granted a rest before Christmas.

It means we could see Ben Davies partner the outcasted Davinson Sanchez in the middle with Matt Doherty returning to replace Serge Aurier. Indeed, only Sergio Reguilon keeps his spot at left-back.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been an immense regular under Mourinho this term, so resting him for this encounter makes sense, whilst there are injury concerns over both Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele.

Harry Winks could be gifted a rare opportunity to impress alongside Moussa Sissoko, who is the second of three who remain from the Foxes’ defeat.

There is a big call to make over Dele Alli with the 24-year-old’s future up in the air. He was once again snubbed from the matchday squad in the Premier League – the tenth time this term – and we expect him to be involved, but from the bench as Gareth Bale gets the nod in the no.10 role.

Lucas Moura may return over Steven Bergwijn with Heung-min Son the final player to keep his place.

Whilst Harry Kane will surely be rested with Wolves in mind, so Carlos Vinicius comes in.

Academy stars Dane Scarlett, Harvey White and Jack Clarke could well be named as substitutes too.

AND in other news, Dele Alli could be heading for the EXIT door if Mourinho lands his £45m target who’s just like ERIKSEN…

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