Premier League is entering the final stage of the season. With only ten games left, Spurs need to take as many points as possible to finish on the top five at least. This weekend, they will be taking on Aston Villa on the road. The Villans are sitting on the ninth, just one spot below Jose Mourinho’s men with four points difference but one extra game in hand. This is a crucial clash for both sides for the European place next season.
The teams’ previous games
Aston Villa was really struggling without the skipper, Jack Grealish. They could only muster a 1-1 draw while visiting St.James’ Park, Newcastle last weekend. Dean Smith’s men did take the lead by Ciaran Clark’s own goal. However, in the final minutes, The Magpies could equalise dramatically through Jamal Lescelles’s header.
Tottenham even had to suffer a 1-2 defeat in the North London derby last weekend. Despite taking the lead by Erik Lamela’s goal, they were unable to protect it and conceded through Martin Odegaard’s strike and Alexander Lacazette’s penalty. It is Spurs’s ninth loss this season.
Dean Smith looks settled with his 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation. However, Jack Grealish’s role shall be given to Ross Barkley who should have the ability as the anchorman. He will be accompanied by Anwar el Ghazi and Trezequet who will be operating wide since Bertrand Traore is still ruled out alongside Kortney Hause and Wesley. They are supporting Ollie Watkins up front. The former Marseille man, Morgan Sanson could be brought on at the second half.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is still likely to the deploy the same formation with Harry Kane leading the attack but the absence of Erik Lamela due to his suspension plus the injury of Son Heung-min and Giovanni Lo Celso would have to push the Portuguese boss to play Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura on both flanks with Delle Ali occupying the number ten role.
Players to watch
Chelsea’s loanee, Ross Barkley is expected to be the key man in the build-up, he has just scored three goals and made one assist. Another possible notable name to watch here is the Scottish international John McGinn who has registered one goal and four assists.
Harry Kane remains the vital figure in Spurs, even without Son Heung-Min. He has scored sixteen goals and provided 13 assists in the Premier League. Some other key men to watch are Gareth Bale with eight goals and three assists since his return to London and Tanguy Ndombele.
Aston Villa vs Tottenham Prediction
It is quite tough to decide the winner here since both sides are equal if they are on their top form. However, considering the Villan’s poor form without Jack Grealish while Spurs were rather unlucky in the last outing, Harry Kane and Co could snatch a narrow win here or at least pick up one point in Villa Park.