Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Preview

Friday, February 14th, 2020 4:01pm

By Reemul Balla

Aston Villa come into this fixture aiming to secure all three points in order to move away from the dreaded drop zone.

After a 1-6 drubbing at home against the champions Manchester City, Dean Smith’s Villa bounced back well with a couple of last minute wins against Watford and Leicester in the EFL Cup. However, they took one step back with a 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth at the beginning of February. They now linger 17th in the table with 25 points, one point off the relegation zone. 

Jack Grealish, as always, will be key in igniting the creativity, assists and shots from midfield. His seven goals and five assists this season are one of the reasons Villa have staved falling into the trapdoor...for now. 

 

Spurs, if they win, would leapfrog Sheffield United into 5th. They would only be a point off Mourinho’s former employers Chelsea. 

Despite Harry Kane’s prolonged injury to his hamstring, other players have delivered, as has been the case in past seasons. Son Heung-Min is back firing having scored in his past four games in all competitions; his form and ability has rarely been questioned for Spurs. Steven Bergwijn scored on his debut resulting in victory against Manchester City. 

Terry, who is Assistant Coach for the Villains, will clash against his Mourinho for the first time ever on the touchline. His former boss praised Terry’s steadfastness and patience as Villa’s Assistant Manager: “He could have chosen that way, waiting for a big call,” said the Portguese.to Sky Sports. “But he didn’t choose that way. He went the difficult way but probably the more stable way, being an assistant.”

Team News

Aston Villa

Villa’s injury list is extensive but not devastating. Wesley remains out, but Mbwana Samatta has slotted in adeptly, netting against Bournemouth.

Tom Heaton is out, but on-loan A.C. Milan keeper Pepe Reina will fill in that vacant role.

Main threat John McGinn will miss this one as will Jed Steer, Dean Smith has confirmed.

Tottenham Hotspur

For Spurs, Ben Davies and Giovani Lo Celso are ready for action, while Erik Lamela is a slight doubt. Juan Foyth and Moussa Sissoko, as well as aforementioned Kane are still out.

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