Uno Espirito Santo’s decision to rest his stars for the midweek game against Vitesse Arnhem backfired, as Tottenham’s second string lost 1-0 to the Netherlands before the first XI did not lose by the same score at West Ham on Sunday.
Another cup game midweek sure means more rotation, but Nuno is unlikely to make any big changes again, with a mix of established squad and players likely to start against Burnley at Turf Moor.
Summer signing Cristian Romero is establishing himself as an important figure for Spurs and could retain his place in the center, as he did in the last round of the EFL Cup at Wolves, although Pierluigi Gollini, Japhet Tanganga, Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies could all come in the back row.
In midfield, Nuno should favor the protection offered by Oliver Skipp or Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg alongside Giovani Lo Celso.
Bryan Gil has quietly impressed in Cup games this season and can look forward to another left wing opportunity.
The game provides another opportunity for Steven Bergwijn to get back into shape after an ankle injury, but Harry Kane will likely have to start, with 17-year-old Dane Scarlett surely not ready to face a team like the Clarets.
Ryan Sessegnon is expected to be Spurs’ lone injury absentee as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem and Matt Doherty could return to the squad.
“He’s back in the squad, that’s great news,” Nuno said of Doherty.
“He’s going to be in the squad, but it’s up to us to decide the right time to integrate all the players. The only bad news we have at the moment is Ryan Sessegnon, he is not yet able to join us.
Tottenham (likely 4-2-3-1) predicted XI: Gollini; Tanganga, Romero, Sanchez, Davies; Skipp, Hojbjerg; Lo Celso Bergwijn, Gil; Kane.