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How Tottenham Hotspur could line up against Cardiff City

Sports Mole looks at how an injury-hit Tottenham Hotspur squad could line up for their Premier League clash with Cardiff City on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to bounce back from their midweek Champions League defeat to Barcelona this weekend when they welcome Cardiff City to Wembley on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino's side go into the weekend sitting fourth in the Premier League table courtesy of back-to-back victories, and another win would temporarily lift them above London rivals Chelsea, who do not play until Sunday.

However, Tottenham are missing a number of key first-team players through injury and so will not be able to field a full-strength lineup against the winless Bluebirds.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how the North Londoners could line up at Wembley.



Possible TOT XI vs. CAR

Out: Serge Aurier (quadriceps), Christian Eriksen (stomach), Mousa Dembele (muscle), Vincent Janssen (foot), Dele Alli (muscle), Jan Vertonghen (hamstring)
Doubtful: Michel Vorm (knee)

Pochettino has limited options available to him this weekend with the likes of Eriksen, Alli, Dembele and Vertonghen all sidelined, so changes from the midweek defeat to Barcelona may be minimal.

Captain Hugo Lloris has now recovered from his injury and will start in goal despite his shaky showing in the Champions League, while in front of him Danny Rose is likely to come in for Ben Davies at left-back.

Eric Dier is also pushing for a recall to the starting lineup - most likely in place of Victor Wanyama - with Harry Winks having been trusted to play the full 90 minutes against Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Harry Kane and Erik Lamela were both on the scoresheet at Wembley and will start again in what is expected to be an unchanged front four, with Moussa Sissoko the only player pushing for inclusion in that area of the field considering Tottenham's injuries.

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli celebrates with Harry Kane and Eric Dier after scoring in their Premier League clash with Newcastle United on August 11, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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