The Tottenham XI to Start Versus Arsenal in North London Derby

Tottenham Hotspur's French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (C) (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur's French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (C) (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Tottenham, Bale, Son, Lo Celso
LINZ, AUSTRIA – DECEMBER 03: Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with Gareth Bale and Giovani Lo (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

Hotspur Forwards

José Mourinho has been going consistently with the Son, Kane, Bergwijn front three, which has done well for Spurs. There is no reason to think that Mourinho would deviate here on Sunday, other than the fact that he is José Mourinho and you never know what he will do. If he were to make a change it would be for Gareth Bale and would be significant as it would mark back-to-back starts for the Welshman for the first time in his return. More likely Bale is saved in case Spurs need him the last 30 minutes and Tottenham goes with what it knows.

Son Heung-Min (LW)

Son Heung-Min was strong midweek doing a good job leading the line and working to serve as the primary target for the team. While he was not outstanding in the air, he did well with his hold-up play and offered a consistent target and outlet for the team. Son should be back to his favored wing position on Sunday and will be looking to be the one running off the target man, instead of being the target man himself. Son is growing in his ability to play as a striker, but he is one of the best in the worldwide, where he starts Sunday.

Harry Kane (ST)

Whether it is injury or something else, Harry Kane has missed more of the road Europa League games than he has played. Given we have not heard Kane is out Sunday – just as we have heard nothing on Lloris – the good money must be on Harry Kane starting and playing a big part in the Derby Sunday. Harry Kane loves a London Derby and has 10 goals against Arsenal and will want to grow that number Sunday.

Steven Bergwijn (RW)

As part of a more defensive line-up Steven Bergwijn has been the starting winger opposite Son for the last several Premier League matches. Starting Bergwijn gives Mourinho the option of going more offensive with Bale or defensive with Moura in the second half when the Dutchman tires. Bergwijn works extremely hard on the pitch as a very willing defender. Of course, he is on the pitch first and foremost to provide some attack. His pace and power should give Arsenal some fits and after a couple less impactful outings, Bergwijn should be ready to breakout.

Tottenham Bench

After a terrible showing midweek in Europe, being culpable on two of the three goals, Joe Hart keeps the confidence of José Mourinho as the back-up to Lloris. If Lloris cannot go, Gazzaniga may get the start and Hart stays on the bench. If it is Lloris, Gazzaniga stays home as he has all year. Defensively, Ben Davies and Japhet Tanganga are on the bench as they can both support multiple positions.

Despite a poor performance midweek, Giovani Lo Celso is still on the bench, along with Harry Winks being recalled to the Premier League side after being overlooked completely Thursday. With the additional midfielder in Winks and with the desire to have both Bale and Moura available, Mourinho leaves Vinicius out, meaning is something is wrong with Kane, it will again fall to Son. Even though he scored midweek, Dele is not out there as his time was not that productive goal or not.

Mourinho, staying defensive, but with Kane and Son leading the line goals should come. This is our side, what do you think?

Starters – 4-2-3-1

Lloris – Aurier – Rodon – Dier – Reguilón – Sissoko – Højbjerg – Ndombele – Son – Kane – Bergwijn


Hart – Lo Celso – Davies – Winks – Bale – Tanganga – Moura