The starting XI changes Pochettino could make for Spurs’ Carabao Cup clash against West Ham

The starting XI changes Pochettino could make for Spurs’ Carabao Cup clash against West Ham

Mauricio Pochettino is set to make a number of changes to his Spurs side ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash against West Ham.

Beating Watford on penalties in the previous round, the Lilywhites will be hoping to gain revenge on the Hammers for the 3-2 defeat at Wembley at the same stage 12 months ago.

Having lost 1-0 against Man City on Monday evening in the Premier League, the manager will definitely look to shuffle his pack to help the team cope with a hectic schedule.

Following the game at the London Stadium, the team then face a Saturday night game at Wolves before hosting PSV in their crucial Champions League match.

So, who could Pochettino start in east London?

Well, his first change could well come in goal with Paulo Gazzaniga starting in the previous round against the Hornets.

Impressive in the penalty shootout win in Milton Keynes last month, the game against the Hammers could give Pochettino the perfect opportunity to give Hugo Lloris some time out after a mixed started to the campaign.

Serge Aurier, who started against Watford in the cup, is another player who looks likely to come in for Kieran Trippier after returning from injury.

There will also be further changes in defence, although options at centre-back are limited at present with Jan Vertonghen on the sidelines through a hamstring injury.



Juan Foyth shields the ball away from Lyle Taylor (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

With one of Toby Alderweireld or Davinson Sanchez looking to remain in the starting XI unless the manager drops Eric Dier back, youngster Juan Foyth appears set to make his first appearance of the campaign.

Kyle Walker-Peters could also be given his first run out of the season at left-back in place of Ben Davies, especially with Danny Rose looking unlikely to be back in time from his groin strain.

Pochettino will also mix things up in the middle of the park with the likes of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli returning to action on Monday night against Man City.

The cup tie against the Hammers could be exactly what they need to build up their fitness ahead of some crucial games for the club.

Harry Winks, who came on for Dier against Pep Guardiola’s side, will no doubt be favourite for a slot in the middle of the park, while Victor Wanyama could also come back into the team having last featured against Cardiff City at the start of the month.

An unused substitute on Monday at Wembley, Heung-Min Son is another player set to feature from the off against Manuel Pellegrini’s side, with Fernando Llorente also potentially in line for a rare appearance in place of Harry Kane.

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