Confirmed: Tottenham v Aston Villa lineups - Vertonghen misses out, Grealish starts

White Hart Lane

Here is how Tottenham and Aston Villa line up for today's Premier League clash.

Tottenham will look to keep their faint hopes of a top four place in tact today as they take on Aston Villa at White Hart Lane.

Spurs drew 0-0 with Burnley last week in a game which many believed was the end of their quest for Champions League football, but Mauricio Pochettino's men must keep plugging away until the end of the season.

Today, Pochettino is without goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, right back Kyle Walker and centre back Jan Vertonghen, with the Belgian failing a late fitness test.

That means an unfamiliar back line, with Michel Vorm in goal, Vlad Chiriches, Federico Fazio, Eric Dier and Danny Rose across defence, though the attacking section of the team is as usual, with Harry Kane leading the line.

Today of course sees Tim Sherwood's return to White Hart Lane for the first time since being sacked as Spurs boss at the end of last season.

He takes his Aston Villa side to North London in search of crucial points in their fight against relegation, but will be looking for better defending than their midweek 3-3 draw with Queens Park Rangers.

Youngster Jack Grealish starts once again, whilst midweek hat-trick hero Christian Benteke will be relied upon for goals in a Villa side which has struggled to find the net this season.

Tottenham lineup

Starting:

  • Michel Vorm
  • Vlad Chiriches
  • Eric Dier
  • Federico Fazio
  • Danny Rose
  • Nabil Bentaleb
  • Nacer Chadli
  • Christian Eriksen
  • Ryan Mason
  • Andros Townsend
  • Harry Kane

Substitutes: Brad Friedel, Ben Davies, DeAndre Yedlin, Erik Lamela, Paulinho, Benjamin Stambouli, Roberto Soldado.

Aston Villa lineup

Starting:

  • Brad Guzan
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Ron Vlaar
  • Tom Cleverley
  • Fabian Delph
  • Jack Grealish
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Carlos S├ínchez
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • Christian Benteke

Substitutes: Shay Given, Nathan Baker, Matthew Lowton, Jores Okore, Joe Cole, Charles N'Zogbia, Andreas Weimann.

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