Match Preview: Spurs Vs Middlesborough


Tottenham’s Danny Rose is out with a knee injury, joining fellow defender Jan Vertonghen on the sidelines.

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Kieran Trippier are also absent but Hugo Lloris returns in goal after illness.

Middlesbrough remain without the injured pair of George Friend and Gaston Ramirez, while Calum Chambers is doubtful with a foot problem.

New signing Adlene Guedioura is available but is expected to start on the bench.


Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on his side’s title chances: “The most important thing is to be ready to take the possibility if Chelsea give the possibility.

“Last season, we arrived at the last game second in the table but we finished third. If the possibility was to win the league we would have missed the possibility to win the league.

“All that we can do is be there if the possibility exists. If not, okay… that is one lesson we learned from last season. It is about us. If Chelsea lose, we need to make sure not another team takes our place.”

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka: “We travel to Tottenham in a really positive frame of mind. It’s another tough game against one of the best teams in the league who are genuine title contenders.

“We were playing in the Championship last season and we are on the same points as Leicester today, so I am really positive looking at the table and looking at the team and their attitude.”

(BBC Sport)

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