Spurs vs Newcastle United

So it's Newcastle at the Lane today and time to guess the team.

Hugo Lloris was given extra recovery time so he'll be fine, Naughton was given a game against FC Sheriff and had a decent game but I can't see him moving into defence today. Newcastle play with forwards who prefer it on the floor which should suit Chiriches so I'd expect to see Vertonghen at left-back again.

Younes Kaboul had a very lazy game midweek almost as if he was trying not to overdo himself and pick up or aggravate an injury. He is not yet ready for the Premier League so at the moment with Rose out injured their is little competition for places.

Sandro shielded the central defenders brilliantly last week and prevented the through balls into Lukaku reducing him to a minimal threat. If fit I'd expect him to start again alongside Paulinho. Capoue had an hour on his return but AVB has a policy of easing players back into the fold so I'd expect to see him on the bench today.

We then have a straight choice between Dembele, Holtby and Eriksen. With the need for a creative number 10 Dembele misses out. Holtby is the current incumbent but I have issues with he and Townsend together and the fact they are both left footed. That wouldn't be the case if Townsend attacked on the outside but that is rare.

Newcastle are not a sit and park the bus team, tey prefer to play themselves so that should open up space between the defence and midfield lines for Eriksen to operate in the hole. He would be my choice but I expect we'll see Holtby who will fit better with Lamela than he does with Townsend. The articles below will explain why.

The wide men will be where the main debate is but anyone who has read my previous few articles will know that although I don't like him there Lennon will start on the left if Vertonghen is behind him. Sigurdsson and Vertonghen don't work together whereas Lennon provides width and creates the channel for Vertonghen to attack, as he did at Everton.

On the other side we need Townsend to do the same thing and also to play the ball across to Soldado. Erik Lamela had an excellent game in the Europa League with a weight being lifted off his shoulders. While his confidence is high and while his family are over here it would make sense to remove Townsend and give him some game time on the right for the last 30 minutes.

He will provide a greater variety of threat than Townsend's one dimensional play. Again to understand this further and the difference between the two, you can read the last few article listed below.

Soldado of course starts up front. All we have to do is pass the ball more than the one time we did against Everton to him in the penalty area!

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