Tottenham Hotspur fell to yet another defeat earlier this week, as they lost to Leicester in the Premier League. But Mauricio Pochettino’s men will turn their attention to their tie against Colchester United in the third round of the League Cup on Tuesday.
Spurs travel to JobServe Community Stadium to take on John McGreal’s men, who have already knocked out a Premier League team in Crystal Palace, in the last round of the competition.
They are also fresh from back to back league victories and playing at home, will hope to test Spurs, who have not been at their best this season.
Pochettino is expected to ring in some changes, with the game against Southampton looming large on Saturday. Here is the predicted lineup he might field, to try and avoid any further embarrassments at the start of this season:
Tottenham Hotspur Team News
In early team news, Spurs are still without Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Hugo Lloris, all of who are nursing injuries. However, Juan Foyth has stepped up his rehabilitation and might find a place on the bench in this game.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur Lineup (4-4-2)
Lloris is only expected to be back for the game against Southampton, leaving Paulo Gazzaniga with another chance to impress Pochettino.
Davinson Sanchez was not a part of the squad that faced Leicester City at the weekend but should be back in action, starting at the heart of the defence alongside Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian might be rested if Foyth passes his fitness test before the game.
Kyle Walker-Peters is also just back from an injury and should replace Serge Aurier at right-back. Ben Davies, who was an unused substitute at King Power, should get his chance at left-back.
Victor Wanyama only came off the bench in that game and deserves a chance to prove himself. He will start in the deepest of the midfield roles with Eric Dier, both of who will look to push forward with every opportunity.
Pochettino is expected to give Oliver Skipp some playing time in the middle against The U’s. Skipp was on the bench against Leicester and was impressive in pre-season and could be the player to watch out for the Spurs fans in this tie.
Dele Alli was not a part of the squad for the loss against Leicester City. He did feature in the Champions League game against Olympiakos and could add some creativity to the visitors’ midfield in this game.
Lucas Moura, who only came off the bench at the weekend, will inject some pace while Pochettino is expected to hand Troy Parrott a chance to prove himself against the League Two outfit.
Here is how they might lineup: