It’s a big game for:
Micah Richards: The Villa captain suffered heavy criticism for his individual performance in the 4-0 defeat to City last week, and in particular for the mistake which lead to Sergio Aguero’s first goal. Having shipped in seven goals in the last two games, Villa’s defence desperately require Richard to display robust leadership skills against high-flying Spurs.
Harry Kane has scored 16 goals in his last 20 league appearances for Tottenham, two more than Aston Villa have managed in the same period.
Younes Kaboul completed an amazing comeback by Tottenham as they fought back from 4-1 down to hold Aston Villa 4-4.
Player to watch:
Harry Kane: Spurs’ talisman has been one of the standout performers this season and will fancy himself to find the back of the net against an Aston Villa side who are leaking goals for fun. With 55 goals conceded, Remi Garde’s side will struggle to keep Kane from adding to his impressive tally of 17 Premier League finishes.
Last three meetings:
Tottenham 3 (Dembele, Alli, Kane) Aston Villa 1 (Ayew), Premier League, November 2015
Tottenham 0 Aston Villa 1 (Benteke), Premier League, April 2015
Aston Villa 1 (Weimann) Tottenham 2 (Chadli, Kane), Premier League, November 2014
Aston Villa: LWLLLL
KICK-OFF TIME: 4pm
TV: Highlights on Match of the Day 2 at 10.30pm