Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

11 Mar

Tottenham forward Harry Kane

Harry Kane has scored 20 goals for Spurs in all competitions this season.


Aston Villa have no new injury problems ahead of the visit of Tottenham.

Adama Traore is closing in on a return from a broken foot but is not ready yet, while Carlos Sanchez, Libor Kozak and Jack Grealish are also still out.

Tottenham’s Dele Alli is set to return after an ankle problem, while Eric Dier is hoping to overcome an unspecified injury in time for the game.

Danny Rose will be assessed after missing Thursday’s defeat by Borussia Dortmund with a sore calf.


Steve Bower: “After defeat at West Ham, seeing a north London derby lead disappear and an apparent Europa League surrender, Spurs are now entering a vital period.

“If the the seven changes in Germany in midweek were to assist a title challenge, then it must be forthcoming. It’s their sole focus from now on. Watching Leicester, they’ll be aware the margin for error is decreasing.

“They could be facing the ideal opponents. I watched Aston Villa capitulate at Manchester City last week, and speaking to Remi Garde afterwards, he looked a broken man. He can’t legislate for players’ lack of effort.

“You would hope that at some stage Villa show some pride on their way to the Championship; for Spurs from now on, it is all about the points.”

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Aston Villa manager Remi Garde: “We can survive. If you look at Leicester last season they started to win now – won seven, drew one and lost one. Why can’t we do that?

“We have shown very poor football in previous games but in football you never know how things can go.”

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino: “We have a big challenge against Aston Villa on Sunday. We are in a very good position in the league and we will do our best.”


I feel a bit sorry for Villa boss Remi Garde, because this is not his team – he was not able or allowed to buy a player in January. They are going down, and it is not even with a whimper.

Tottenham were given a bit of a reminder of how tough the Premier League can be by 10-man Arsenal last time out, but this is the perfect fixture for them to get back to winning ways.

Prediction: 0-2

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  • Tottenham have won seven of the last eight meetings.
  • There have been three red cards in the last five Premier League encounters between these two teams at Villa Park.

Aston Villa

  • Villa are looking to avoid a fifth consecutive league defeat. They lost seven in a row earlier this season.
  • Aston Villa’s tally of 16 points after 29 games in 2015-16 is the third-lowest at this stage of a Premier League season – but Leicester only had 19 points at this stage last season and finished 14th.
  • If Aston Villa lose this match, it will be their 20th league defeat of the season, equalling their previous worst tally of Premier League defeats in a single season (set in both of the past two years).


  • Tottenham’s defeat at West Ham last time out was their first in 13 Premier League away games (W7, D5).
  • Spurs have conceded just 12 goals in 14 Premier League away games this season, but kept only three clean sheets.
  • Tottenham have 55 points, their highest-ever tally after 29 matches of a Premier League season.
  • Harry Kane has scored 16 goals in his last 20 league appearances for Tottenham, two more than Aston Villa have managed in the same period.

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