Aston Villa host Tottenham Hotspur this weekend with Paul Lambert’s side in desperate need of a victory. The Villans’ early season form was nothing short of outstanding, but they have slipped worryingly in recent weeks and after a tough run of matches they have continued their slump against Everton and Queens Park Rangers.
Tottenham remain something of a Jekyll and Hyde side with Mauricio Pochettino’s men impressing in the cups but failing to find consistency in the league thus far.
Villa injury concerns: Alan Hutton has an ankle injury but still has a good chance of playing, as does Nathan Baker who is likely to overcome a hamstring problem. Philippe Senderos only has a 50 per cent chance of playing due to a thigh injury.
Villa absences: Fabian Delph and Libor Kozak remain long-term absentees.
Tottenham injury concerns: Aaron Lennon’s knock means he has a 75 per cent chance of being fit for the match. Nabil Bentaleb is currently recovering from an ankle injury but is scheduled to return for the trip to Villa Park.
Tottenham absences: Kyle Walker is a long-term absentee with a pelvic injury.
Predicted starting line-ups:
Aston Villa – Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Cissokho, Cleverley, Westwood, Sanchez, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Benteke
Tottenham Hotspur – Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose, Capoue, Mason, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Adebayor