Tottenham Hotspur hosts a high-flying Aston Villa side at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium as they hope to halt their run of two matches without a single point.
After the first three months of rollercoaster, Tottenham suffered their second consecutive defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium last weekend. Two late goals from Pablo Sarabia and Mario Lemina secured all three points for Wolves after Brennan Johnson gave Spurs an early lead.
With suspensions and injuries piling up for Spurs, it will be a stern test to secure maximum points against villains on matchday 13.
Meanwhile, Unai Emery’s side recorded their 13th straight straight victory at home in the Premier League after defeating Fulham 3-1. An own goal from Fulham’s left back, Antonee Robinson, a strike from John McGinn, and an in-form Ollie Watkins put Villa ahead while a consolation strike from Raul Jimenez was not enough to pose a late comeback as Emery’s side secured all three points.
The victory over the Cottagers matched the club’s 40-year-old record of 13 consecutive victories at home since 1983. It also equaled the club record of six straight home wins at the start of a league campaign since 1959.
The villains currently sit in fifth position in the Premier League standings with 25 points, one point behind fourth-place Tottenham who have 26 points. Victory over the Lilywhites will propel Unai Emery’s team into the top four.
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Match stats and Head-to-Head
- Tottenham and Villa have competed in 19 games since 2012 with Tottenham winning 13 while 2 matches ended in a draw.
- Villa have scored in all but two of their last 19 games in all competitions
- Tottenham have scored first in their last six Premier League matches
- Villa have defeated Tottenham in three of their last five matches in all competitions
- Tottenham have conceded defeat from winning positions in their last two Premier League matches.
- Son Heung-Min is Tottenham’s talisman with eight goals while Ollie Watkins has scored 6 goals for the Villains in the Premier League
- Villa have recorded at least three goals in three of their last five matches
- Villa have not faced defeat in the last 19 Premier League matches where they have taken the lead
- Villa’s run of five consecutive victories against London sides came to an end when they lost 2:0 to Nottingham Forest. Before then, they were victorious in their last five Premier League matches against London sides. Securing victories against Fulham, Tottenham, Crystal Palace, Chelsea and West Ham.
- At least four goals have been scored in ten of Villa’s games this season, as well as in their last five matches across all competitions.
- Villa have won two of their last three matches at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium including a league double last season.
- Spurs have received 34 yellows and three red cards in the Premier League this season. Only Chelsea and Wolves have received more.
- Only Newcastle United’s Kieran Trippier (32) has created more chances than Tottenham’s James Maddison (31) in the Premier League this season,
- With an expected assist of 3.2, only Trippier(3.77), Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes (3.5), and Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo(3.22) are ahead of Maddison in the expected assist (xA) chart this season.
While Destiny Udogie is back from suspension after receiving double yellows against Chelsea, Postecoglou’s team will still be without Christian Romero who will be suspended for the second game of his three-match ban.
Micky van de Ven has been ruled out for the rest of the year after rupturing his hamstring in the match against Chelsea. James Maddison will be another notable absentee after his injury was first perceived as not serious before scans revealed the severity of the injury.
Mali international, Yves Bissouma will miss the match due to suspension after accumulating five yellow cards. The 27-year-old picked up his fifth yellow card in the 2:1 defeat to Wolves, ruling him out of this match. Postecoglou is now left with only Pape Matar Sarr among his preferable three-man midfield pairing.
It was unsurprising to see Danish international, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the starting lineup against Wolves after he put up a spirited performance in the defeat to Chelsea. He will likely be brought back to the middle of the park to provide protection to Spurs defense.
Giovani Lo Celso, who is the closest to possessing James Maddison’s characteristics was on the bench against Wolves. After an uninspiring game at the Molineux, Postecoglou might consider bringing back the Argentine international to provide much-needed creativity to his team.
After an ACL injury that kept him out for a lengthy period, Rodrigo Bentancur has been building up his fitness with cameos against Chelsea and Wolves, as well as putting up a combative display for Uruguay against Argentina.
Notable absences include Manor Solomon (knee), Ivan Perisic (knee), Ryan Sessegnon (thigh) and Alfie Whiteman (ankle). Richarlison is also out after announcing he’ll be undergoing surgery.
Jacob Ramsey, who recently experienced a reoccurrence of a foot injury after recovering from a broken metatarsal that kept him out for 10 weeks, is nearing a return to full training at Bodymoor Heath. After making a comeback last month in the defeat at Legia Warsaw and featuring off the bench in victories against Chelsea and Brighton, the 22-year-old midfielder might make his full return to action against Tottenham following the November international break.
Diego Carlos, who scored Villa’s equalizer against AZ in their last conference League game, was taken off injured, and will not be available for the upcoming match. Despite his limited starts in the league, Ezri Konsa and Pau Torres are expected to continue in the center of the defense for Villa.
Tyrone Mings and Emi Buendia remain long-term absentees after both suffered ACL injuries.
Tottenham v Aston Villa predicted line-up
Spurs predicted starting XI: Vicario; Porro, Dier, Davies, Royal; Sarr, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso; Kulusevski, Son, Johnson.
Aston Villa predicted starting XI: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Pau Torres, Digne; McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Kamara, Zaniolo; Diaby, Watkins
Tottenham v Aston Villa prediction
While Aston Villa are in red-hot form, scoring goals, securing victories, and setting home records, Tottenham Hotspur are currently in an unstable state after starting the season in an almost unstoppable manner.
Key first-team players have been out due to suspensions and injuries and this can be perceived as a reason for Tottenham’s drop of form.
Villa are more stable and are consistently recording impressive victories. Having secured the double against Spurs last season, that feat is likely to continue at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium as Aston Villa are in hot form and will savor the chance to enter the top four by securing victory.
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