“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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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.
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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