Early Tottenham team news and Townsend reveals what inspired his form

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As Tottenham prepare for a tricky away-day at Aston Villa, the BBC reports that they may have to face reported summer target Christian Benteke.

The Belgian striker has been missing recently due to a hip injury, but after returning to training he could be in line for a welcome return to Paul Lambert’s side.

Tottenham should be able to call on Aaron Lennon, although Danny Rose and Etienne Capoue both remain sidelined.

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One man who will need to be on top form this afternoon is Hugo Lloris, and the Spurs ‘keeper has been talking to the Telegraph about working under Andre Villas-Boas.

The Frenchman has been speaking about his tendency of playing the sweeper role at times, commanding not just his box but the area around it.

Since my professional debut I’ve always had a risky game,” he said. “I always think the goalkeeper has to be the chief of the box, it’s his area and he has to defend it.”

He will certainly have to do so today, as Tottenham prepare to move on from their humiliating defeat to West Ham United prior to the international break.

Having had a World Cup qualifying double-header to remember, Andros Townsend has been speaking to the same paper. And he revealed that his ban for placing bets last season was the making of him.

It gave me the chance to relax, to think about the season ahead, to get my head right,” he reflected. “I have come back stronger. That’s what I had planned to do.”

Given his recent form for both club and country, no one would question that.

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