Kane-less Tottenham would be facing Crystal Palace – a bogey team – at the Selhurst Park in what is a must win for the Lilywhites.
The Eagles showed themselves a difficult team to beat once more after troubling the reds at Anfield before finally conceding a 4-3 defeat to the league leaders.
Recall that this team took the game to Manchester City when they shocked the Manchester side with a 3-2 victory.
That said, Crystal Palace have suffered narrow defeats on either side of the two matches. Losses to Chelsea and Watford have shown they could be rather inconsistent.
The Eagles have this competition as their only hopes of a silverware – after losing to Middlesbrough in the EFL Cup last October – and would see to it that they at least progress past this round.
Recent form (in all competitions): D L W W L L
Spurs are under pressure at the moment and deservedly so after losing to Chelsea on penalties at the EFL Cup. Injury woes are not helping matters with the team falling short of their top players.
The absence of the attacking trio of Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli are beginning to tell with Llorente not looking much of a perfect replacement for striker, Harry Kane.
Just early last week, Pochettino could point out that the club was still in four competitions. With the EFL Cup out of sight they are left with the opportunity to vie for only three titles.
A loss to Crystal Palace may cause a dip in their morale; with the double header against Dortmund, that’s something they will be looking to avoid.
Recent form (in all competitions):
Crystal Palace will be without goalkeepers Vincente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey.
Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min remain out for the Lilywhites while Lucas Moura is back in training and may be in contention for the side’s Starting XI. Recent knocks to Ben Davies, Sissoko and Rose will mean they have to face assessment before the match
Possible Starting Line-Up
Speroni; Souare, Martin Kelly, Scott Dan, Joe Ward; Jeffrey Schlupp, Jaro Riedewald, Max Meyer; Alexander Sorloth, Jordan Ayew, Townsend
Gazzaniga; Rose, Sanchez, Juan Foyth, Aurier; Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Skipp, Sissoko; Llorente