Tottenham team news: Expected 4-2-3-1 for Everton FA Cup clash as Dele Alli returns

Tottenham: Mourinho's defiant response to pressure

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Tottenham will travel to Goodison Park on Wednesday evening to battle Everton for a place in the quarter finals of this season’s FA Cup. Jose Mourinho’s side made a welcome return to winning ways in their last outing against West Bromwich Albion after a run of three consecutive Premier League defeats. Express Sport takes a look at the Spurs team that could face the Toffees on Merseyside.

Goalkeeper: Hart

Former England stopper Joe Hart should come in between the sticks in place of Hugo Lloris, who will be saved for league action.

Hart has managed four clean sheets in nine appearances for Spurs this season and will be hoping for a fifth against Everton.

His campaign has not been faultless, however, with the 33-year-old responsible for two opposition goals in December’s 3-3 draw with Austrian side LASK in the Europa League group stages.

It will be a big test for Hart on Wednesday evening but he will be confident that he can roll back the years and produce a solid performance at Goodison Park.

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Defence: Aurier, Dier, Rodon, Davies

Mourinho will be forced to make a number of decisions at the back as he aims to strike a balance between fielding a strong side and resting his key players ahead of a crunch encounter with Manchester City on Saturday.

Serge Aurier and Ben Davies should retain their positions at full-back but there could be changes in central defence.

Under-fire utility man Eric Dier could return to the side after being dropped against West Brom, while summer signing Joe Rodon may be handed another opportunity to impress.

The Welshman starred during Tottenham’s victory over Sheffield United last month and could feature once again on Wednesday, having played in all of his side’s FA Cup matches so far this season.

Midfield: Hojbjerg, Winks, Alli

The big news in midfield could be the return of Dele Alli with the England star in line for a rare start after recovering from a tendon injury.

Behind him, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is expected to take up his usual spot in front of the back four while Tanguy Ndombele may be rested ahead of the City clash.

Harry Winks could come in with the 25-year-old offering a steady alternative to the Frenchman alongside Hojbjerg.

Lucas Moura impressed at the tip of the midfield trio against West Brom but is likely to miss out after making his first Premier League start of the new year.

Attack: Bale, Son, Kane

Tottenham’s attacking trident mostly picks itself these days, with the mere mention of deadly duo Son Heung-min and Harry Kane striking fear into the hearts of top-flight goalkeepers across the country.

The latter made a fruitful return to the side against the Baggies on Sunday and should be the first name on Mourinho’s team sheet, as long as he has not suffered any further issues relating to the ankle injuries sustained against Liverpool last month.

Meanwhile, Gareth Bale could make an appearance on the right flank after being left on the bench for his side’s last two Premier League matches.

He scored Tottenham’s equaliser on the way to a 4-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers in the previous round and will be hoping that another goal against Everton could spark a much-needed return to form.

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