Spurs is still on course for their Europa League target but they are racing against the time. This week is the decisive week for Ryan Mason’s men with two important games ahead. The first opponent ahead is Aston Villa. The Villans have no certain objectives as they are too far from the continental ticket plus already safe from the relegation threat.
The teams’ previous matches
Harry Kane and Co managed to secure another win at home last weekend while taking on Wolverhampton. They dismantled Nuno Santo’s men 2-0. The skipper Kane netted an opener before Pierre Hojberg’s strike sealed their home win.
Aston Villa suffered a 2-3 loss while travelling to Selhurst Park, the homebase of Crystal Palace.John McGinn opened a scoring but then equalised by Christian Benteke. Dean Smith’s side stole another lead through Anwar El Ghazi’s close range strike in the six yard box. Yet, they conceded twice afterwards through Winfred Zaha and Tyrell Mitchell.
The caretaker Ryan Mason will stick to 4-2-3-1 formation with Harry Kane leading the attack supported by Delle Alli or Erik Lamela behind him. On both flanks, Gareth Bale and Son Heung-min, will be operating the area. Only Ben Davies and Serge Aureier are ruled out for this fixture.
His counterpart, Dean Smith might be employing 4-3-3 formation with the transition to 4-2-3-1. Jack Grealish shall feature again as one of the front three along side Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore. Anwar El-Ghazi can be brought on at the second half. There are three key figures who are on the sideline, Matty Cash, Trezeguet and Morgan Sanson.
Players to watch
The skipper Harry Kane remains the most dangerous figure in Spurs this season by contributing 22 goals and 13 assists. Some other notable names to watch are Gareth Bale who has netted nine goals and provided two assists since his return to Tottenham and Korean star, Son Heung-min with 17 goals and 10 assists.
In The Villans, Jack Grealish is the certainly the top performer of the team with six goals and ten assists. Another vital figure of the team is the former Brentford man, Ollie Watkins contributing 13 goals and five assists.
Tottenham vs Aston Villa Prediction
Harry Kane and Co will not waste this game for nothing. With only four points behind Liverpool, Spurs must clinch a win here. The Villans are being tested whether they can end their negative trend in the past three games. The return of their skipper could boost their confidence to get better result. Spurs can still come out as the winner eventually with a struggle.