Tottenham Hotspur are back in action in the Premier League as they face Aston Villa following their shocking UEL exit.
Tottenham Hotspur are currently in the doldrums after the English side were sent crashing out in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb. Despite winning 2-0 in the first leg, Spurs were thrashed 3-0 in Croatia courtesy of a stellar hattrick by Mislav Orsic.
Jose Mourinho’s side have now gone winless in their last two fixtures after losing 2-1 to Arsenal in the Premier League which was then followed by Zagreb’s redemption victory at Stadion Maksimir. The pressure continues to mount on the Portuguese manager, however, a win tonight against Aston Villa could certainly help ease off the burden.
Tottenham are currently eight in the Premier League with 45 points. On the flipside, Aston Villa have a game in hand and are only four points shy of the Lilywhites. With that being said, the only option for Spurs tonight is to secure three points if they are to qualify for Europe next season.
Hugo Lloris will start in goal for Tottenham following their defeat to Dinamo Zagreb. The 2018 World Cup winner did not hold his frustration back after the UEL exit by stating that it was a disgrace to go out of the competition. The defence will see Toby Alderweireld and Davison Sanchez as the two centre-backs along with Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty as the full-backs.
In the midfield, Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are expected to form the double pivot to provide cover to the back-four. Lucas Moura will start as the attacking midfielder and will look to penetrate Aston Villa’s defence with his pace and skill.
Son Heung-min picked up an early injury against Dinamo Zagreb and has been ruled out for the next few fixtures. With Son out of action, Mourinho would have to turn his attention towards playing Steven Bergwijn as the left-winger. The former PSV winger has not been at his best since his move to Spurs and has struggled for game-time since then. The 23-year-old will look to put in a solid performance to win back his manager’s trust.
With Steven Bergwijn filling in for Son, Gareth Bale is expected to start ahead of Erik Lamela on the right. The Real Madrid loanee has been in fine form lately and has shown glimpses of his past form.
Harry Kane will start as the centre-forward and will spearhead Spurs attack. The Englishman has been Tottenham’s standout performer this season with 16 goals and 13 assists in the Premier League so far. The 27-year-old will be looking to add to his goal-scoring tally tonight against Aston Villa.