Predicted Tottenham starting XI at Stoke City

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LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on August 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Tottenham will make several changes to their starting XI at Stoke

Tottenham travel to Stoke City this weekend for a fixture that strangely feels like a must-win for Spurs. Unfortunately, manager Mauricio Pochettino will be forced to deploy a heavily rotated side against the Potters.

There can be no argument that Tottenham will feel the impact of the International Break this weekend. Erik Lamela is unlikely to feature in the match due to his late return from the Argentina squad. England left-back Danny Rose suffered an injury that might keep him out of the squad.

It’s not as if Spurs were firing on all cylinders heading into the break either. They haven’t lost a match yet, but five points through three matches isn’t exactly the stuff of Premier League title-winning dreams.

That’s why Tottenham will feel so much pressure at Stoke despite it only being the fourth fixture of the league campaign. Spurs are aiming for a title this season, and know that three points at places like Stoke could do a lot to help them realize their dreams of silverware.

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