Antonio Conte could be forced into a change in the starting lineup from Tottenham Hotspur to face Burnley in the penultimate match of the Premier League season for the North London side.
Spurs were within a point of Arsenal with a 3-0 victory over their local rivals on Thursday night. The Gunners still hold the initiative in the race for fourth, but Tottenham must do their job and win the remaining two matches to put pressure on Mikel Arteta’s men not to lose points.
Tottenham could regain fourth place for at least a day if they beat relegation-fighting Burnley before Arsenal travel to play Newcastle on Monday night.
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The Spurs’ lack of time between games, less than 72 hours, means a regular starter is in doubt. football.london understands that Dejan Kulusevski has been feeling unwell for the past few days – unrelated to Covid – and his status will be assessed on Sunday morning to see if he can start, be on the bench or should sit out altogether.
If the Swede cannot take his place in the starting lineup, Lucas Moura or Steven Bergwijn will join the squad. Conte preferred the Brazilian on the right when he used him, with Lucas starting against Leicester last weekend.
Cristian Romero will sit out the game with a hip injury and while Conte doesn’t believe the Argentine will return this season, the Spurs coach said the defender is desperate to be fit for the final match in Norwich. Davinson Sanchez will likely take his place on the right of the three defenders again after filling Arsenal well.
Elsewhere, Conte must decide whether to bring in new faces like Harry Winks or Joe Rodon with so little time between matches, or try to move forward with the same players left after a comfortable second half against the Gunners.
Here is the team we think Conte will select:
3-4-3: You cry; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon; Lucas, Kane, son.