Villa stunned Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend
Aston Villa’s life without Jack Grealish came under immediate scrutiny when they lost to Watford on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Since then they have lost just once and climbed safely into the top half of the table, capping a positive run of form off with a brilliant victory over Manchester United last weekend.
Tottenham have endured very contrasting fortunes to Villa, starting their campaign off well before falling off a cliff with three successive defeats.
Spurs fans will want to see some sort of response here following a dismal North London derby display. But Villa will be bouncing coming into this clash and confident they can claim another scalp over the traditional ‘big six’.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match today.
When is it?
The match will take place at 2pm BST on Sunday 3 October.
How can I watch it?
The match is not available to watch live in the UK.
What is the team news?
Tottenham have no fresh injury concerns heading into this one, but it is a matter of selection decisions for Nuno. Japhet Tanganga, Eric Dier and Dele Alli all had extremely difficult games at the Emirates last weekend so they could be replaced by Emerson Royal, Cristian Romero and Oliver Skipp.
Axel Tuanzebe looks set to return to the Aston Villa squad but is not expected to force his way into the starting line-up following Smith’s side’s impressive defensive display at Old Trafford. Villa are still without Trezeguet, Leon Bailey, Morgan Sanson and Keinan Davis due to injuries.
Tottenham: Lloris; Emerson, Romero, Sanchez, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Skipp, Ndombele; Lucas, Kane, Son
Aston Villa: Martinez; Konsa, Hause, Mings; Cash, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, J.Ramsey, Targett; Ings, Watkins
Aston Villa: 28/11
Villa will be bouncing following their sensational, dramatic win at Old Trafford last weekend. They will fancy their chances coming into this one against a Spurs side bereft of any ideas or confidence. It could be a toe-to-toe fight as both teams will desperately want to win for very different reasons. 2-2.
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