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Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa match preview
Fair to say, the Tottenham Hotspur bubble emphatically burst before the international break, meaning it’s vitally important that they get back to winning ways here.
No manager in Premier League history had taken more points from their first ten matches than Ange Postecoglou’s haul of 26, although his unbeaten start to life in N17 is now very much over.
First, on a manic Monday, Spurs were ultimately smashed 4-1 by Chelsea at home, playing for long periods down to nine-men, both Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie sent off, before conceding thrice late on.
Then, 15 days ago, Brennan Johnson’s goal saw the Lilywhites lead inside three minutes at Molineux.
That’s how the score remained until stoppage time when Wolves struke not once but twice, thereby snatching all three points.
As a result of these successive defeats, Tottenham have slipped from first to fourth, and are now faced with a daunting fixture list depleted.
After this clash, Spurs travel to champions Manchester City, before then meeting West Ham, Newcastle, Nottingham Forest, Everton and Brighton between now and New Year’s’ Eve, which is far from easy.
Aston Villa meantime kick off only one point below their hosts and, having already beaten Tottenham twice in 2023, are targeting three successive victories in this fixture for the first time since 1996.
A fortnight ago, the Claret and Blue Army made it 16 successive home wins across the Premier League and Europe, with John McGinn and Ollie Watkins on target in a 3-1 victory over Fulham.
On the road, Unai Emery’s team aren’t quite as strong, although their most-recent visit to the capital was certainly a memorable one, with Watkins the match-winner at Stamford Bridge.
So, will Villa repeat the victory they enjoyed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium all the way back on 1 January, or will Spurs get back to winning ways?
Tottenham Hotspur team news
This is the second of Cristian Romero’s three-match ban, he’ll also sit out next Sunday’s trip to the Etihad, while Yves Bissouma is also suspended, having picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign at Molineux.
Micky van de Ven and James Maddison suffered long-term injuries against Chelsea, joining Ivan Perišić, Manor Solomon, Ryan Sessegnon and Richarlison in the treatment room.
One piece of good news for Spurs supporters is that Destiny Udogie can return, having served his own one-match suspension against Wolves.
The Italian will return at left-back, with either Ben Davies or Emerson partnering Eric Dier in the middle.
Given that Bissouma is out, Rodrigo Bentancur is likely to start for the first time since rupturing his ACL on 11 February, having also done so for Uruguay against Bolivia on Tuesday.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was in the team a fortnight ago but, if Ange Postecoglou wants to add creativity to his midfield, Giovani Lo Celso could start a Premier League match for the first time in 757 days.
The last time he was in the XI, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Man United hammered Nuno Espírito Santo’s Spurs 3-0, Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo on the scoresheet, with Nuno sacked the following day; different times!
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Vicardo; Porro, Dier, Davies, Udogie; Bentancur, Sarr, Lo Celso; Kuluševski, Johnson, Son Heung-min.
Aston Villa team news
Unai Emery will be hoping to name a largely unchanged XI here, with his line-up having been largely settled so far, despite the fact not team has played more matches this season (18).
Perennial substitute Youri Tielemans started in the league for Villa for the first time against Fulham, but Nicolò Zaniolo is likely to get the nod this time.
Ollie Watkins already has 11 goals to his name this season, and has been directly involved in a goal (two goals and one assist) all three times he’s played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Lucas Digne, Douglas Luiz and Boubacar Kamara are all one booking away from missing next Sunday’s trip to Bournemouth.
Predicted XI (4-4-2): Martínez; Cash, Konsa, Torres, Digne; Douglas Luiz, Kamara, McGinn, Zaniolo; Diaby, Watkins.