How Tottenham are predicted to line-up against Pacos


arry Kane could make his first start of the season in Thursday’s Europa Conference League play-off second leg after announcing he will stay at Tottenham this summer.

The England captain is in contention to start after a lively 20-minute cameo in the 1-0 win at Wolves on Sunday before ending speculation over his future on Wednesday.

Spurs head-coach Nuno Espirito Santo has said he will take a different approach from the 1-0 defeat in Portugal last week, when a youthful and experimental Spurs XI lost 1-0.

New signings Pierluigi Gollini, Cristian Romero and Bryan Gil are all expected to start again, while the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Lucas Moura could add more experience to the side.

Teenagers Nile John and Dane Scarlett may have to settle for a spot on the bench after starting in Portugal.

With Joe Rodon and Cameron Carter-Vickers injured, Ben Davies could deputise at centre-half.

Asked if he would make wholesale changes again, Nuno said: “It is not to do with the result of the first leg, it’s to do with a lot of things we have to understand, [like] the travelling.

“This week is totally different, we are all together, which allows us t make different decisions because it is different circumstances, basically. It is a must-win game. It is the second leg and we have to decide.”

“Joe is not fit for tomorrow,” Nuno added of Rodon. “He is better, he’s much, much better but he is not going to join us tomorrow, no.”

Serge Aurier and Tanguy Ndombele are ineligible while Moussa Sissoko may not feature after sitting out the first leg.


Spurs predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Gollini; Doherty, Romero, Davies, Sessegnon; Winks, Hojbjerg; Lo Celso, Lucas, Gil; Kane.

When: Thursday, August 26 at 7.45pm BST

Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Spurs squad from: Lloris, Gollini, Austin, Doherty, Tanganga, Paskotsi, Cesay, Sanchez, Dier, Romero, Davies, Sessegnon, Michael Craig, Matthew Craig, Winks, Lo Celso, Skipp, Hojbjerg, John, Dele, Lucas, Bergwijn, Kane, Son, Gil, Scarlett

Unavailable: Rodon (unknown), Carter-Vickers (ankle), Aurier (ineligible), Ndombele (ineligible).

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