When Tottenham plays Luton Town on Saturday afternoon, they will have the chance to climb to the top of the Premier League standings. Spurs will overtake Man City if they win at Kenilworth Road and secure all three points, as City’s next match is against Arsenal the following day.
Tottenham will enter the second international break as league leaders if Sunday night’s outcome at the Emirates Stadium favours the Lilywhites. Postecoglou and his team will be aiming to make it eight Premier League games without a loss after making a significant impact in their opening seven games of the season.
In Bedfordshire, Spurs will be the clear favourites according to the bookies, but it won’t be an easy encounter as Rob Edwards’ squad looks to pick up some crucial points to assist them escape the relegation zone. Who will Postecoglou actually identify in the Tottenham lineup for the 12.30 p.m. kickoff? Below is what our football.london correspondents had to say about Tottenham.
Alasdair Gold – Tottenham Hotspur correspondent
Postecoglou’s injury list pretty much ends up picking his team for him this week. As long as James Maddison and Son Heung-min are able to play without any issues then the Australian surely picks the same side that started the match against Liverpool.
Manor Solomon’s injury opens the door for Richarlison to secure his place on the left of the front three, at least until Brennan Johnson returns after the international break following his hamstring strain.
Elsewhere you just don’t change a winning side unless there’s an injury although Postecoglou will want them to play better than they did against Liverpool.
Gold’s team: Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Sarr, Bissouma, Maddison; Kulusevski, Son, Richarlison.
Rob Guest – Tottenham Hotspur reporter
It should be a fairly simple decision for Ange Postecoglou when it comes to his team for Saturday’s match at Luton Town. Having managed to get all three points against Liverpool last time out, the Australian should keep faith with the same XI as they look to make it eight unbeaten in the league this term.
That means Richarlison once again gets the nod from the left flank as Son Heung-min starts through the middle. The Brazilian now has the opportunity to make that position his own with Manor Solomon, Brennan Johnson and Ivan Perisic all on the sidelines at present.
If Spurs can get themselves into a healthy position around the 60 or 70-minute mark, it would be nice to see youngster Jamie Donley, providing he is named on the bench once again, make his senior Spurs bow in the closing stages. Minutes would also be nice for Bryan Gil as he steps up his fitness and looks to make a real mark under Postecoglou and the same goes for Alejo Veliz.
Guest’s team: Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Bissouma, Sarr, Maddison; Kulusevski, Son, Richarlison