ottenham manager Jose Mourinho has the rare luxury – or inconvenience – of an eight-day break following this afternoon’s visit to Premier League basement club Sheffield United, so he should have few concerns about naming his strongest possible side.
With Spurs chronically short of goals outside of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, Mourinho’s biggest decision will again be who partners the duo in attack after Moussa Sissoko deputised on the wing with limited success against Fulham.
Steven Bergwijn is available after illness and could return to the side, although Mourinho may be tempted by the tenancity of fit-again Erik Lamela, who came off the bench against the Cottagers.
If Bergwijn or Lamela do come in to the side, Sissoko could return to the midfield two in place of Harry Winks, with the Frenchman’s superior work-rate likely to come in handy against the Blades.
Mourinho was critical of his defenders’ “individual ability” after Fulham’s late equaliser and Davinson Sanchez may pay the price for being skinned by Ademola Lookman in the build-up, with Toby Alderweireld coming in.
Giovani Lo Celso (hamstring) remains Spurs’ only confirmed injury absentee, although a number of players took knocks during the Fulham game, including Eric Dier.
Predicted Tottenham XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Sissoko; Son, Ndombele, Bergwijn; Kane
Spurs squad from: Lloris, Hart, Gazzaniga, Aurier, Doherty, Reguilon, Davies, Tanganga, Alderweireld, Dier, Sanchez, Rodon, Hojbjerg, White, Sissoko, Winks, Dele, Ndombele, Gedson, Bale, Son, Lamela, Bergwijn, Lucas, Kane, Vinicius.
Injured: Lo Celso (hamstring)
Venue: Bramall Lane, 2pm, Sunday, January 17, Sky Sports
Last meeting: Sheffield United 3-1 Spurs (July 2020)