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COMBINED XI: Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City

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The two teams meet in the FA Cup on Sunday

Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

A very tough choice to make, as both Lloris and Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel have been in great form this season – just like their respective teams.

However, I have gone for the Frenchman because he is strong all round. He has good vision with his goal kicks and can play a pass, but he is also solid when it comes to catching crosses.

I believe that the 29-year old is second behind Manuel Neuer when it comes to mastering the ‘sweeper keeper’ role.

Right-back – Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)

The Belgium international is a centre-back by trade, but he did make several appearances at right-back for Southampton last campaign; I also needed to get him in my team.

Alderweireld has been a revelation for Spurs, forming a solid partnership with international teammate Jan Vertonghen at the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s defence.

The 26-year old is extremely comfortable on the ball, building attacks from the back and even providing assists for his forwards. A good example was his over-the-top ball for Delle Alli’s goal in the recent 1-1 draw at Everton.

He also chips in with some important goals and is a threat from set pieces.

Centre-backs – Wes Morgan (Leicester) and Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

This was a very simple choice, both of these defenders are solid defensively and good in the air; the pairing also have some physical power behind them as well.

Morgan is the captain of the foxes, whereas Vertonghen is the vice-captain of Spurs, meaning that both have the leadership qualities you need to be a commanding centre-half.

Morgan is right-footed and Vertonghen is left-footed, which will provide extra balance to the team.

Left-back – Ben Davies (Tottenham)

He hasn’t quite set White Hart Lane alight since his move from Swansea City, but Ben Davies is now showing signs of his potential.

The Welshman didn’t start this term as a guaranteed pick for Pochettino, however, he is slowly making that left-back berth his own after getting his chance when Danny Rose suffered an injury.

His positioning is excellent when defending, but he is showing that he’s a threat going forward too.

Right-midfield – Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)

This one is a no brainer due to his form this season.

Mahrez has been on fire for Leicester, contributing both goals and assists which have helped Claudio Ranieri’s men join the title race – a hat-trick away at Swansea is just one highlight of his great year.

Only Kevin De Bruyne and Mesut Ozil boast more assists than Mahrez so far.

Central midfielders – Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) and Delle Alli (Tottenham)

Again, this was an easy decision. Drinkwater’s ability to break up play and launch counter attacks with his various range of passes is outstanding, so that’s why he makes the cut.

Delle Alli’s selection speaks for itself. Since his move from MK Dons, he has nailed down a starting spot at Spurs and has showed everyone what a threat he can be in the final third.

Like Morgan and Vertonghen, I think these two would provide a nice balance in the spine of the team.

Left-midfield – Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

Eriksen has the quality to pick out that killer pass in the final third, but he can also crop up with an important goal.

The Denmark international is top drawer in dead ball situations, whether it be whipping in crosses and corners or putting a free-kick into the top corner of the goal.

Balance is the key here again, as he can cut in from the left hand side onto his stronger right foot, whereas Mahrez can do the same on right side when he cuts in on his stronger left foot.

Strikers – Harry Kane (Tottenham) and Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

A potential centre forward partnership for England and they score bags of goals, simple as that.

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