Tottenham Hotspur start 2022 with a visit to 17th-placed Watford in the Premier League on New Year’s Day.
Spurs ended 2021 with a disappointing 1-1 draw at Southampton, who played for almost an hour with 10 men.
That game came just 46 hours after Tottenham overcame Crystal Palace, who also had 10 men for the second half.
Now Antonio Conte will take his players to Hertfordshire to face Watford, looking to start the new year with a victory.
We asked our Spurs correspondents Alasdair Gold and Rob Guest to select the team that they reckon Conte could select to take on Claudio Ranieri’s men.
Alasdair Gold – Tottenham Hotspur correspondent
Conte will have had three full days for his players to recover after their festive exploits and that should mean a stronger starting XI.
There will also be another little gap before the Carabao Cup semi-final first left at Chelsea next Wednesday, which is followed by the FA Cup third round tie against Morecambe. That game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could be a chance for some players to get a rest.
As for the trip to Watford, Oliver Skipp is likely to return to the midfield, with Conte to decide whether Harry Winks keeps his place after another good performance or that he just cannot afford to drop one of his leaders in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Lucas Moura will return in the attacking trio, while Giovani Lo Celso could be in the matchday squad after recovering from his calf problem.
At the back, Conte could make one change to give one of the usual back three a rest and I’m going for Davinson Sanchez to have a breather, with Japhet Tanganga coming in on the right of the back three after impressing Conte against Palace.
Gold’s team: Lloris; Tanganga, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Skipp, Hojbjerg, Reguilon; Lucas, Kane, Son.
Rob Guest – Tottenham Hotspur reporter
Antonio Conte needs to make a few changes here and there to his Tottenham team as their festive fixtures draw to a close at Watford.
Eric Dier could do with a breather at some point, especially with a Carabao Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea coming up, and it seems like the perfect opportunity to do that at Vicarage Road.
That means Joe Rodon comes in for a rare start at the heart of defence and plays between Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies.
Spurs did miss the presence of Oliver Skipp in midfield at Southampton last time out and he needs to come back into the side on New Year’s Day.
With Harry Winks performing well of late and creating a number of openings at St Mary’s, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could be the one that unfortunately makes way.
Lucas Moura also needs to be brought back into the XI and that will come as bad news for Dele Alli.
Guest’s team: Lloris; Sanchez, Rodon, Davies; Emerson, Skipp, Winks, Reguilon; Lucas, Kane, Son.
Source by Football London