Tottenham travels across north London to face Arsenal, kicking off a new weekend of Premier League action; expect changes to Spurs starting 11 for the Gunners.
International breaks always bring the possibility of injury, and last season Tottenham Hotspur was hit hard. Following the first international break last year, Heung-min Son and all of Spurs’ South American contingent were unavailable, leading Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham into a tailspin, for which the Portuguese gaffer had no answer. Although things are not nearly as bad following the first international break of this season, injuries are again afoot. That likely means changes to the Tottenham line-up and even formation, as Spurs want to kick off on a right foot after the break.
Spurs projected starting forwards
With Dejan Kulusevski the seemingly big casualty from the international break, and Lucas Moura still not available, the depth at striker, a strength of the team, is lacking heading into the Emirates. As a result, expect Conte to shift and only play with two forwards. The idea is this still allows Richarlison to come off the bench as an impact substitute in the second half versus having no real firepower available if you start three forwards.
Forward – Harry Kane
Of course, one of the two forwards starting for Spurs will be Harry Kane. Although Kane and his English team did not have the best break, our talisman is still in good form and will lead the line against our arch-nemesis. With 13 goals and three assists in 17 career games against Arsenal, we should expect Kane to be at the top of his game.
Forward – Heung-min Son
Speaking of being on the top of their game, after his slow start to the season, Heung-min Son has found his form and has five goals in his last three matches, if you include his two on international duty. The point is Son has again found his top gear, and it could not come at a more perfect time.