Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa
Venue: White Hart Lane – Monday, November 2 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)
Match Odds: Tottenham 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Aston Villa 6/1
Villa sacked Tim Sherwood following last week’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea – their sixth straight loss in the Premier League – and so the former Spurs head coach won’t be returning to his former stomping ground for this one.
Remi Garde is being tipped to take over at Villa Park but doesn’t look likely to be in the dugout in time for Monday’s game so Kevin MacDonald will take charge.
Spurs will look to pile more misery on the Villains as they look to remain unbeaten, while also seeking revenge for last season’s 1-0 home loss to Villa.
Tottenham’s Premier League record: P10 – W4 – D5 – L1
Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 5-1 away at Bournemouth last Sunday with Harry Kane grabbing a hat-trick to silence some of his critics. His link up play with Christian Eriksen seems to be back to its most dangerous and that will excite the home crowd on Monday.
Aston Villa sit bottom of the Premier League after ten games and are looking set for another season in and out of the relegation zone, something that’s becoming worryingly normal for the club.
Aston Villa’s Premier League record: P10 – W1 – D1 – L8
Last week’s 2-1 home loss to Swansea was their sixth defeat in a row. Their only win this year came away from home, though and so they can’t be ruled out completely.
Villa ended a six-game losing streak to Spurs by winning 1-0 at White Hart Lane in April and will hope a repeat performance can lead to the same outcome.
Spurs come into the game with several injury worries still troubling Mauricio Pochettino. Nabil Bentaleb, Heung Min Son, Alex Pritchard, Nacer Chadli and Federico Fazio are all out, while Tom Carroll is a doubt.
Aston Villa travel to London with news that Micah Richards is likely to miss the game as a result of an FA charge after his behaviour after the Swansea defeat. Joleon Lescott is also a doubt, along with Gary Gardner and Tiago Ilori.
Tottenham’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/D/D/W
Aston Villa’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/L/L/L
Key Stat: Tottenham currently boast the longest unbeaten streak in the Premier League (9).
Key Player: Harry Kane – Impossible to overlook Harry Kane as the key man here. He comes into this game off the back of a hat-trick at Bournemouth last weekend and will look to kick on by hurting a Villa side that has conceded 16 goals in their last eight league games.
Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa – Tottenham have been very tight at the back this year and will see Monday’s game as the ideal opportunity to pick up a second straight clean sheet. They should prove to be too strong for Villa.