Tottenham face Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday, and Antonio Conte has a number of decisions to make regarding his team selection.
In his press conference on Monday, the Spurs boss confirmed he will be without Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp, Rodrigo Bentancur and Lucas Moura, all of whom missed Saturday’s 4-0 win at Leeds United in the Premier League.
We think Conte will play a capable side, albeit with a few changes to avoid further injuries and the build-up of fatigue.
Given that Pierluigi Gollini hasn’t even made the bench for the last couple of matches, there’s a good chance Hugo Lloris will start between the sticks.
As for the defence, this could be a good chance to rest Eric Dier and Cristian Romero, who both only recently returned from lengthy lay-offs. Joe Rodon and Davinson Sanchez should join Ben Davies in the back three.
Conte has little choice but to stick with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Harry Winks in central midfield due to a lack of other options, while Emerson Royal and Sergio Reguilon will probably start on the flanks.
A front three of Dejan Kulusevski, Steven Bergwijn and Harry Kane should pose enough of an attacking threat, while Son Heung-min could be given a rare break, or make an impact from the bench.
Here’s our predicted XI to face Middlesbrough – what’s yours? Let us know in the comments section below.