TOTTENHAM host Southampton in North London desperately needing a good result to ease the pain of Tuesday night's humiliating Carabao Cup exit to Colchester United.
Mauricio Pochettino made ten changes to Spurs' starting XI in midweek – offering a series of fringe players the opportunity to stake their claims for a regular position in the team.
But the much-rotated squad badly let their manager down as Pochettino exited a cup competition to lower league opposition for the first time as Spurs manager.
The likes of Victor Wanyama, Dele Alli, Davinson Sanchez and Kyle Walker-Peters failed to impress – meaning their Argentine manager will likely turn back to his more established starters for today's match.
New signings Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon remain on the treatment table – meaning there won't be a full debut for either just yet.
Spurs distinctly lacked firepower against the U's, and Pochettino will turn back to rested talisman Harry Kane – who has banged in four goals in six games so far this season.
It is also likely that want-away playmaker Christian Eriksen will be recalled to the starting XI.
The Dane feebly missed a penalty in the shootout on Tuesday night, but at his best could provide Tottenham the spark they've badly missed at times this season.
After flirting with a back three again against Colchester, Spurs are likely to revert to a back four – with recalls for Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and the resurgent Serge Aurier.
Hugo Lloris was rested in midweek and also missed out last weekend after his wife gave birth, but the skipper will return between the sticks today.
Tanguy Ndombele has shown flashes of class since his £65million summer move from Lyon – but could be left out against Southampton if Pochettino decides to revert to a back-to-basics approach with Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko at the heart of the midfield.
The 30-year-old Sissoko was handed a new four-year contract on Friday.
Erik Lamela has surprisingly started every single Premier League match so far this season and is likely to keep his place in the attacking trident behind Kane – with Son Heung-min and Eriksen to be preferred to Lucas Moura and Dele Alli.
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