Aston Villa’s survival push continues this weekend but three points are far from guaranteed against a Tottenham side aiming for a third successive Premier League win.
Dean Smith’s side can’t seem to pull away from the relegation zone, while the final Champions League spot continues to prove frustratingly elusive for Spurs.
But will home advantage help the Villains on Sunday or can Jose Mourinho‘s men pull off a rare victory on the road?
Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, possible line-ups, live stream information and more.
When is Aston Villa vs Spurs and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Villa Park
Date: Sunday, 16 February 2020
Kick-off: 2:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD
Online & live stream options: UK audiences with Sky Sports subscriptions can watch online or through their app. Those with a Now TV sports pass can also stream the game live.
Elsewhere, readers based in the US can try Fubo TV, who are currently offering a free trial deal.
Last five meetings: Aston Villa vs Spurs
10 August 2019: Spurs 3-1 Aston Villa (Premier League)
8 January 2017: Spurs 2-0 Aston Villa (FA Cup)
13 March 2016: Aston Villa 0-2 Spurs (Premier League)
2 November 2015: Spurs 3-1 Aston Villa (Premier League)
11 April 2015: Spurs 0-1 Aston Villa (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Aston Villa (LLLLW) 3-10 Spurs (WWWWL)
Return of Ben Davies a big boost for Mourinho
Mourinho set his stall out early when he was appointed Tottenham manager in November. His reign began with a 3-2 win at West Ham and we were given an immediate glimpse of Mourinho‘s preferred defensive set-up: one attacking full-back, Serge Aurier bombing down the right in this case, and one defensive full-back, Ben Davies dropping into a back three when Spurs were in possession.
Davies was excellent at the London Stadium, playing slick passes into the attacking players and staying disciplined at the back. So, of course, it was just Mourinho‘s luck that the Welshman suffered an ankle injury late on and has been out of action ever since.
In the meantime, Mourinho has deployed Jan Vertonghen and Japhet Tanganga in the defensive left-back role. Tanganga has done well but his development would be better served at centre-back, his preferred position, while Vertonghen has looked ropey to say the least and simply doesn’t possess the speed to go up against pacy wingers anymore.
All of which is to say Mourinho will be delighted to have Davies back for Sunday’s trip to Villa Park. He should go straight into the starting line-up, giving Tottenham more defensive structure than they have had at any point since November.
This is how we line up to face Spurs this afternoon. 👊
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) February 16, 2020
📋 #THFC: Lloris (C), Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Dier, Winks, Dele, Bergwijn, Son, Lucas.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 16, 2020
Tottenham are in good form in terms of results, but their performances remain erratic and unpredictable. After a pair of somewhat fortunate victories over Manchester City and Southampton, they may not be so lucky against a Villa side determined to pull away from danger. That said, Spurs should have enough quality to return to north London with a point.