Confirmed Aston Villa v Spurs lineups: Alli starts, Richards on the bench

Here is how Aston Villa and Tottenham will line up this afternoon...

The Premier League's bottom club Aston Villa face a tough task this afternoon as they host title challengers Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park.

Villa have won just three times in the Premier League this season, and as they sit nine points adrift of safety, relegation to the Championship seems all but a formality right now.

Manager Remi Garde has recently used a 3-5-2 system, but today it appears to be either a 4-4-2 diamond or a 4-2-3-1, depending on whether Jordan Ayew plays out wide or up front this afternoon.

Rudy Gestede leads the line, with Carles Gil handed a role as Villa's primary playmaker for today's daunting task.

The likes of Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards and Leandro Bacuna are all on the bench for Villa, who are strongly being tipped to lose this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Spurs enter the game with no win in their last three games in all competitions, having lost 3-0 to Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday night.

That followed just one point from games against West Ham United and Arsenal, which has left them five points behind league leaders Leicester City.

Mauricio Pochettino desperately needs a win this afternoon to keep the title challenge on course, and he's able to call upon midfielder Dele Alli, who has been struggling with an ankle knock of late.

Son Heung-min is left on the bench in favour of Erik Lamela, whilst Danny Rose is starting ahead of Ben Davies at left back, despite concerns over his own fitness in recent days.

Key players like Mousa Dembele and Harry Kane also start having been rested by Pochettino against Dortmund, a decision which led to stern criticism for the Spurs manager.

Aston Villa lineup


  • Brad Guzan
  • Aly Cissokho
  • Alan Hutton
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Jores Okore
  • Carles Gil
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Jordan Veretout
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Rudy Gestede
  • Jordan Ayew

Substitutes: Mark Bunn, Leandro Bacuna, Ciaran Clark, Micah Richards, Jordan Lyden, Scott Sinclair, Andre Green.

Tottenham lineup


  • Hugo Lloris
  • Toby Alderweireld
  • Danny Rose
  • Kyle Walker
  • Kevin Wimmer
  • Dele Alli
  • Mousa Dembélé
  • Eric Dier
  • Christian Eriksen
  • Erik Lamela
  • Harry Kane

Substitutes: Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier, Tom Carroll, Nacer Chadli, Ryan Mason, Son Heung-Min.

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