Spurs hope to easily score three points on their trip to Slovenia to face Group G boys NS Mura. It hasn’t been easy for the London side in the UEFA Conference League, but they can take a big step towards qualifying for the next round with a win here.
New manager Antonio Conte set a milestone in his first game at the helm of Spurs which came in the same competition. He named a solid starting XI against Vitesse on the final day. I don’t think he will follow the same path against the Slovenes. I expect a very different starting XI than the one that faced Leeds in the Premier League.
NS Mura v Tottenham FYIs
Kick-off time: 5:45 p.m. local time, Thursday, November 25
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Form guide (all competitions): NS Mura (DLLLD) Tottenham (LLWDW)
Let’s take a look at what this changed Spurs XI might look like when they take on NS Mura on Matchday 5 of the UEFA Conference League.
Between the posts, I will change here with Hugo Lloris in rest and Pierluigi Gollini in the race. The Italian needs the minutes and I think it’s safe to assume he will be the Lilywhites Cup keeper from this point on.
I predict a change in the last three also with Davison Sanchez and Joe Rodon to replace Eric Dier and Ben Davies. Japhet Tanganga is the player I chose to keep his place on the left side of the last three.
The wingers’ situation is interesting. Regular readers will know that I campaigned for Matt Doherty to have a chance at a right-back and I think this is the perfect match to make that happen.
On the left side, I go for English U / 21 superstar Ryan Sessegnon to start.
He’s had a horrible time with injuries this season, but he’s very talented and could really excel in Conte’s system. If he gets an extended run under the Italian watch that space as he could become a world class player.
In the middle of the park, I am almost certain that Oliver Skipp will replace Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Skipp is fresh after missing the Leeds clash and it looks like the right time to give the Dane some rest. At his side, I go to Tanguy Ndombele.
The Frenchman struggled for minutes under Conte and this could be the perfect opportunity to show his new boss what he can do when given a starting opportunity.
Heung Min-Son and Lucas Moura will likely be resting for this clash which gives Bryan Gil the chance to make his comeback from injury.
The Spanish speedster was a summer signing and there are high expectations for him at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. On the opposite wing, Steven Bergwijn should get a point.
He can be a game-changer in his time and he will be looking to claim a regular starting place here.
As an attacker, Harry Kane is expected to start here.
He’s slowly changing shape and has had no problem scoring goals against less opposition this season.
I think Tottenham will take all three points no matter who they send against NS Mura. Don’t be surprised if there are two or three at halftime.