Tottenham team news: Expected XI vs Leeds as Spurs boss Jose Mourinho makes four changes

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is likely to revert to his favour 4-2-3-1 formation after switching systems for the draw at Wolves. Spurs take on Leeds seeking to end a four-game winless run in the Premier League.

The 1-1 draw at Wolves last time out came after defeats to Liverpool and Leicester, with Crystal Palace also frustrating the north Londoners earlier in December.

Spurs had hoped to bounce back against Fulham on Wednesday night but saw their all-London clash postponed due to COVID-19 fears.

Their winless streak has meanwhile dented the optimism of what had been a brilliant run, going 11 top-flight matches unbeaten after the opening weekend loss to Everton.

But Spurs will be eager to get back to winning ways at home to a Leeds team who have conceded the second-highest number of goals in the division, only struggling West Brom leaking more.

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Despite keeping clean sheets in both of their last two games, Leeds have conceded 30 times in 16 games and Harry Kane and Son Heung-min will be eager to rediscover their best against the Whites.

Kane and Son have only scored once each across Spurs’ past four league games, the pair before Palace having combined for 18 goals and 13 assists in the first 11 match-days of the campaign.

But Mourinho will continue to field the pair, who have started every league game this season, from the off in the hope that they can help blow Leeds away.

Moving away from the 3-4-1-2 that saw them lead the line together at Wolves, Son will return to the left wing which would see Tanguy Ndombele deployed in the No 10 role with Giovani Lo Celso injured.

On the right, Erik Lamela returned to play the final minutes at Wolves but Steven Bergwijn could reprise his starting berth for the first time since missing a golden goalscoring opportunity in the loss at Liverpool.

Behind the front four, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – who has proven pivotal since his summer arrival from Southampton – will partner Moussa Sissoko in Mourinho’s favoured two-man midfield.

That would then see Harry Winks drop to the bench while a return to a back four would also see Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies and Matt Doherty lose their spots.

Instead, Sergio Reguilon is expected to line up at left-back with Serge Aurier on the right-hand side of the back line.

Eric Dier will be the only defender to keep his place and should once again be partnered by Toby Alderweireld, with Hugo Lloris between the sticks.

Mourinho, meanwhile, is confident Spurs can get back into the groove at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this afternoon.

He said: “I believe we’re going to have again good period, where we win matches and score goals, and you look to the other clubs.

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“I’m not to tell their names but if you go to the clubs apart from Aston Villa, who always kept that stability, the other clubs: One was knocked out of Champions League, another one drew two matches in a row, another one lost three matches away from home.

“It’s difficult for everybody. It’s another factor I keep saying: in every club there are very good players, there are players who could play for the top clubs.

“I could go to every club in the Premier League and chose one or two players to play in my team. I’m not talking about Liverpool or Chelsea, I’m talking about the considered clubs with less potential.

“That is getting faker. Every game is very difficult, you can win or lose and for me that’s very clear. I don’t look any more to the dimension of the club, I know every game a club has potential.”

Tottenham predicted line-up vs Leeds (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Sissoko; Son, Ndombele, Bergwijn, Kane

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