Predicted Tottenham line-up to face Borussia Dortmund; Pochettino to make two changes

Tottenham predicted lineup

Tottenham Hotspur make the trip to Signal Iduna Park for the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.

Spurs managed to take full advantage of their home leg where they inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Dortmund, and they are now in pole position to progress to the quarter-final stage.

Still, manager Mauricio Pochettino will be wary of a fightback from Dortmund, and will be keen for his team to approach the game as if the tie was finely poised at 0-0.

Formation: 3-4-1-2

Predicted Lineup:

Hugo Lloris produced a captain’s performance in the recent north London derby against Arsenal, where he made a crucial penalty save from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty in the dying minutes, and the Frenchman is expected to lead the team out against Dortmund.

In the central defence, no changes are likely with Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen making up the three-man partnership. Vertonghen was the game-changer in the reverse fixture with a goal and an assist which earned him the UEFA Player of the Week accolade.

At right wing-back, Serge Aurier is certain to feature with Kieran Trippier not travelling with the squad. On the opposite side, Ben Davies should feature ahead of Danny Rose as part of the rotation policy.

In midfield, Pochettino is likely to field Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama together once more, given both Eric Dier and Harry Winks remain doubts for the game. Even if they are deemed fit, Pochettino has confirmed that neither player may feature from the starting line-up.

Further forward, Christian Eriksen is set to take up his regular role in the number 10 position while Heung-min Son and Harry Kane are likely to be paired alongside each other up front. Spurs have gone winless since Kane has returned to the mix after a hamstring injury, and the marksman will be keen to make amends.

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Author: chris darwen