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Aston Villa vs Tottenham: Premier League preview

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ottenham‘s trip to Aston Villa on Sunday has huge significance for the club both on and off the pitch.

Having had their attitude lambasted by manager Jose Mourinho after surrendering a 2-0 first-leg lead to crash out of the Europa League to Dinamo Zagreb, there will be as much focus on the players’ behaviour as there is on the performance itself.

A top-four finish is likely beyond Spurs, but victory at Villa Park will move them just three points behind Chelsea. A show of unity, which a victory will bring, is needed, especially with a League Cup final still to come. Spurs’ season isn’t over, but a defeat will make it feel like it is.

Date, time and venue

Aston Villa vs Tottenham is scheduled for a 7.30pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

The match will be held behind closed doors at Villa Park.

How to watch

TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.

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Team news

Jack Grealish faces a fitness race ahead of the game. The skipper has been out for five weeks with a shin injury and boss Dean Smith will make a late call on Sunday morning with the midfielder yet to resume full training.

Wesley (knee) is back in training after over a year out while Kortney Hause continues to battle a foot problem.

Aston Villa provisional squad: Martinez, Steer, Heaton, Mings, Engels, Elmohamady, Cash, Targett, Taylor, Konsa, McGinn, Luiz, Barkley, Sanson, Trezeguet, El Ghazi, Ramsey, Nakamba, Davis, Traore, Watkins.

Tottenham are likely to be without Heung-min Son, with the forward still nursing a hamstring injury and boss Jose Mourinho does not expect him to be fit until after the international window.

Mourinho is likely to make several changes to his side with a number of them, including Harry Kane, playing 120 minutes in their Europa League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

Tottenham provisional squad: Lloris, Hart, Aurier, Tanganga, Doherty, Dier, Alderweireld, Rodon, Sanchez, Reguilon, Davies, Hojbjerg, Winks, Sissoko, Ndombele, Alli, Lamela, Moura, Kane, Vinicius, Bale.

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Prediction: Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Spurs will surely have a reaction to Thursday’s defeat, especially with captain Hugo Lloris taking the remarkable step to seemingly call out certain squad members.

Aston Villa may have Jack Grealish back, but in what form having not trained is anyone’s guess. Villa look half as good without him and Spurs, if they get their act together, have enough to get a much-needed win.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

  • Aston Villa wins: 56
  • Draws: 36
  • Tottenham wins: 74

Betting odds and tips (subject to change)

  • Aston Villa: 21/10
  • Draw: 23/10
  • Tottenham: 11/8
  • Harry Kane to score first: 7/2

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