Bale and Hojbjerg out, Winks starts – The Tottenham team Mourinho should pick vs Crystal Palace

Tottenham Hotspur barely have time to take a breath as they are back in action quickly with another London derby against Crystal Palace.

Jose Mourinho must raise his players for yet another game as the matches continue to come every three or four days for the north London outfit.

Roy Hodgson’s men are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday as Spurs look to make it three consecutive victories in the Premier League.

We asked our Tottenham writers at to give their thoughts on who should be in Mourinho’s XI to face Palace. Here is what they had to say:

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Alasdair Gold – Tottenham Hotspur correspondent

Spurs started to look tired on Sunday and Mourinho needs to rotate some of players for this latest London derby, just to give them a rest.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has played more minutes than any other Tottenham player and Mourinho must decide which match he needs the Dane for the most.

Sunday’s game will be tough but so will Thursday’s Europa League clash against a Dinamo Zagreb side that top the Croatian league and an unbeaten in the European competition.

If Hojbjerg is rested then Harry Winks or Moussa Sissoko could come into the side.

The full-backs are likely to be rotated again and Toby Alderweireld is unlikely to be asked to play again.

Dele Alli and Gareth Bale will probably start against Dinamo rather than starting once again in the Premier League due to their fitness levels.

That would give opportunities for Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela or Steven Bergwijn and Mourinho must decide whether to give one of Harry Kane or Son Heung-min a rest on the bench or hope to do that in midweek.

Gold’s team: Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon; Ndombele, Winks; Lucas, Lamela, Son; Kane.

Rob Guest – Tottenham Hotspur reporter

Mourinho needs to do a bit of rotation on Sunday evening against Crystal Palace as the matches keep on coming thick and fast for Tottenham.

Not usually playing three on the trot due to his previous hamstring issue, four matches in quick succession may be a bit too much for Toby Alderweireld so he should drop down to the bench with Eric Dier coming in.

Serge Aurier should also come back in providing of course that he is fit, with Sergio Reguilon also getting the nod after taking his place on the bench at Fulham on Thursday.

As Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko both need the game time at present, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see one of the duo come in for either Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg or Tanguy Ndombele.

It would perhaps also be wise to give Gareth Bale a breather as you don’t want to push him too much and risk another injury at such a key time in the season.

For that reason, Lucas Moura, who was very unlucky not to be in the XI at Craven Cottage, starts on the right wing as Dele Alli carries on in the No.10 role.

Guest’s team: Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Sissoko; Lucas, Alli, Son; Kane

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