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Tottenham vs Chelsea predicted lineup: Saul to maintain his place?

We take a look at how how both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs could lineup for the 2nd leg of the Carabao tie.

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Spurs have been dealt a major injury blow after Son Heung-min reported muscular pain in his leg following the 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, and the South Korea international could be out until the next international break.

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Eric Dier could return to the fold after a bout of illness and minor injury, and Steven Bergwijn could have an outside chance of being available, but Cristian Romero will miss out once again.

Conte has a big decision to make in the final third following Son’s injury, with neither Dele Alli nor Bryan Gil impressing against Morecambe, so Harry Winks could instead earn another start in the middle as the Italian switches to a 3-5-2.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has tested positive for COVID-19 while on duty with Senegal for the Africa Cup of Nations, and it remains to be seen if Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante will recover from the virus in time for this game.

Cesar Azpilicueta should shake off a bout of cramp in time to line up here, but Reece JamesBen Chilwell and Trevoh Chalobah will all miss the second leg.

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Kepa ArrizabalagaJorginho and Kai Havertz are among those who will look to reclaim their rightful spots in the first XI, but Saul Niguez may cede his place in the starting lineup.

Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Dier, Sanchez, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Winks, Reguilon; Lucas, Kane

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Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Sarr; Ziyech, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku

 

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