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Spurs Goalkeeper and Defenders

Joe Hart (GK) – Joe Hart has done a fine job this season and earned the teams first shutout last week in the same competition. This time Hart gets to see if he can make it two in a row in Europe and three in all competitions after Hugo Lloris held Burnley at Bay in the Premier League. Hart has been active in the box and with his voice, both of which are good traits for a keeper. No reason not to continue to split time between the keepers given their age.

Serge Aurier (RB) – Unless there is something going on, we do not know about, Serge Aurier should start on Thursday. Matt Doherty has played the last two games. After being excellent last week in Europe, Doherty was a step off the pace Monday at Turf Moor. After a full week off, having last started vs West Ham Serge Aurier should be fresh, focused, and ready to play.

Davinson Sanchez (CB) – Davinson Sanchez finally got a little breather against Burnley when Eric Dier was back in the lineup and Joe Rodon was available. Rodon is not available in Europa League, so it would make sense from a rotation perspective Sanchez plays Thursday night.

Eric Dier (CB)* – This position is really a toss-up as there are reasons both for and against either Dier or Alderweireld playing. Toby is the oldest defender on the team and getting some additional rests is probably good. However, Eric Dier is coming off an injury and playing another 90 minutes after just going 90 on Monday may not make the most sense. Given Rodon is out and Tanganga is still injured, Dier gets the nod. *Note, whichever player plays, Dier or Alderweireld, will have the armband and are captain on the night – with Lloris and Kane on the bench.

Sergio Reguilón (LB) – Sergio Reguilón got the day off as an unused substitute Monday evening and Ben Davies played his second complete 90 of the week. Given those two considerations, this sort of must be Sergio Reguilón starting this game. While Davies could slot back into center-half if both Dier and Alderweireld need the night off, in all likelihood, it is Davies who is on the bench – remember there are 12 there – and Sergio Reguilón who plays left back. With both Reguilón and Aurier on the pitch expect a lot of crosses and play up the wings.