Tottenham Hotspur are set to host Dinamo Zagreb at home following their massive win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur are all set to host Dinamo Zagreb at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to play out the Round of 16 UEFA Europa League clash. Spurs are basking in fine form going into the game after a decisive victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho’s side have been excellent this season in the Europa League and seem like clear title contenders. However, their first task begins tonight as they face an unstoppable Zagreb side that have won all of their last five fixtures in all competitions.
The hosts have to act with caution tonight as the travellers have scored 11 goals in their last six fixtures in all competitions. A clear indicator that they are currently a free-scoring side. With that being said, Mourinho would opt to have Hugo Lloris in goal over Joe Hart along with Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld as the two centre-backs. Davinson Sanchez has been putting up solid performances lately, however, the manager might prefer to use the likes of Dier and Alderweirled over the young Colombian due to the experience factor.
Sergio Reguilon and Japhet Tanganga are expected to play as the two full-backs. Serge Aurier and Matt Doherty could be given a day off tonight as Tanganga has proven in the past that he can play as a sturdy right-back. The 21-year-old is a natural centre-back that has been transformed into a defensive right-back under Mourinho and it seems like the youngster could be given a rare start tonight.
Pierre-Emile Hojberg and Moussa Sissoko are expected to form the defensive pivot. The latter has not started since recovering from his injury and this Europa League fixture could be the perfect game to get Sissoko back into the first team. If Sissoko is to start, then Tanguy Ndombele could be rested as Jose Mourinho would prefer using Dele Alli as his central-midfielder. The English attacking-midfielder has been in fine-form in the Europa League and will hope to continue the same tonight against Zagreb.
For the front three, Carlos Vinicius will start over Harry Kane who seems to have been overused this season. Vinicius has scored six goals in seven games in this competition and would be eager to have his name on the scoresheet again. Erik Lamela and Steven Bergwijn could start on the flanks over Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale. Both Lamela and Bergwijn have not had too many outing this season and a start tonight could help boost their morale.