Stoke vs Tottenham match preview. Saturday 10th of September 2016.

Today marks the fourth premier league match-day for the 2016/17 season which sees Tottenham face a trip northwest to a currently winless  Stoke side sitting at the bottom of the premier league table.  Mauricio Pochettino’s spurs team will be looking to replicate their form from the last trip to the Britannia stadium, now known as the Bet365 Stadium where Dele Alli and Harry Kane both bagged braces versus a very lacklustre Stoke side.

With the starting XI’s of both squads set to be announced in the coming minutes here are three concepts of how Tottenham could be lining up come 3 o’clock.

Realistic: 4231

Lloris (C)

Walker Alderweireld Vertonghen Davies

Dier Wanyama

Sissoko Alli Eriksen

Kane.

As a relatively safe guess Pochettino would be resting Erik Lamela after his spell with Argentina during the international break and bring in the new “record” signing of Moussa Sissoko from championship side Newcastle to truly test how badly Sissoko wants premier league and champions league football on a regular basis.

Dream 4231

Lloris (C)

Walker Alderweireld Vertonghen Davies

Dier Sissoko

Son Alli Eriksen

Kane.

This option is more of a risk based on its heavy attacking mindedness by having Sissoko in the defensive midfield area with the intent to bomb towards Stoke’s rocky defence while leaving Dier to continue his sweeping role.

Wildcard 4231

Vorm

Walker Alderweireld Vertonghen (C) Davies

Dier Sissoko

Son Alli Eriksen

Janssen.

Personally this would be a riskier option based on Kane’s current form and may anger some fans by dropping Harry Kane.  However with his recent form in the Euros being poor and being unrested since the Europa league tie at White Hart Lane against Fiorentina as he was recovering from a broken nose.  Vincent Janssen put in an impressive display earlier in the week against Sweden in a world cup qualifier where the Netherlands somehow managed a draw against a fairly tame looking Sweden.  Janssen would be perfectly capable of playing as a lone striker as he did so at AZ Alkmaar last season finishing as the top goalscorer of the Eredivisie with 27 goals.

Update the actual starting 11 is as follows:

Lloris (C)

Walker Alderweireld Vertonghen Davies

Dier Wanyama

Son Alli Eriksen

Kane.

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