The biggest gap between two opponents in FA Cup history in terms of league position won’t stop Jose Mourinho from naming a “very good” Tottenham side to face Marine in the third round this afternoon.
Mourinho’s side at Tottenham are strong enough to make some big changes to Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final victory over Brentford and still pick a formidable XI against the eighth-seeded side, with Gareth Bale asking to figure.
Bale – who earns £ 600,000 a week, while part-time Navy players are paid an average of £ 100 to £ 300 a week by the club – and can expect to start if he trains on Saturday, with Carlos Vinicius also the due minutes having been largely ignored since the conclusion of the group stage of the Europa League.
Harry Kane and Heung-min Son seem most likely to be named among the replacements.
Like Bale, Dele Alli has not played since the League Cup quarter-final in Stoke on December 23 and is also expected to get involved on Merseyside, while Joe Rodon could make his first appearance since November in the final four. .
Mourinho said young midfielders Jack Clarke and Harvey White, who are part of the first team, will be involved and the former could make his full debut in midfield, where Harry Winks could get the nod ahead. Moussa Sissoko, who made an impressive return to the XI against Brentford.
Clarke is expected to be named to the bench and Erik Lamela could return as well.
Mourinho has promised the inclusion of only one under-18 in his 20-man squad, likely striker Dane Scarlett or midfielder Alfie Devine.
Tottenham Predict XI (4-3-3): Cerf; Doherty, Tanganga, Rodon, Davies; Winks, White, Dele; Bale, Lucas, Vinicius.
Marine vs Tottenham, Sunday January 10, 5 p.m., BBC One
Lieu: Sea travel arena
Spurs squad from: Lloris, Hart, Gazzaniga, Whiteman, Aurier, Doherty, Tanganga, Reguilon, Davies, Rodon, Alderweireld, Dier, Sanchez, Cirkin, Blanc, Dele, Gedson, Winks, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Sissoko, Clarke, White, Lamela, Vincius, Kane, Lucas, Bale, Son, Bergwijn, Devine, Scarlett.