After crashing out of the Champions League in Wednesday’s heartbreaking loss to Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur will be aiming to bounce back with a Premier League victory over Bournemouth on Sunday.
The 4-3 aggregate defeat to the Italian giants, sealed with a 2-1 reverse at Wembley earlier this week, needs to be put to the back of the players’ minds as the race to finish in the top four continues.
According to the club’s official website, Eric Dier will be assessed as to his availability before the clash with the Cherries; he was withdrawn in the second half against the Old Lady with an elbow problem.
Toby Alderweireld sat out that encounter and he will not be considered as he continues to build his fitness following a persistent hamstring issue.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is not expected to make sweeping changes to his starting XI, but the full-backs could well be rotated, meaning that Serge Aurier and Danny Rose may be named ahead of Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies.
At centre-half, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen will likely be the preferred pairing, with Victor Wanyama coming in for Dier ahead of them to offer additional cover.
Mousa Dembele has played a part in each of the last four fixtures and Pochettino may look at resting the Belgian ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final against Swansea.
If that is the case, a deeper role beckons for Dele Alli alongside Christian Eriksen, with Son Heung-min and Erik Lamela supporting striker Harry Kane from the wings.
Spurs ground out a 1-0 win over Bournemouth in the reverse fixture back in October but will need to be at their best to overcome a side who showed they can mix it with the Premier League’s elite with their recent 3-0 win over champions Chelsea.
After such a disappointing week, this will be a true test of Tottenham’s character and ability to respond to setbacks.
Possible Spurs starting XI (4-3-3): Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose; Eriksen, Wanyama, Alli; Lamela, Kane, Son