Tottenham Hotspur gear up for their final home game of the season as they host Dean Smith’s Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.
Tottenham Hotspur are on the back of a convincing victory after defeating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at home. Spurs are currently placed sixth on the table following their win over Wolves and four points below fifth-placed Liverpool.
Ryan Mason‘s side now prepare to host Aston Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the final home game of the season. Luckily for the hosts, the Lions are struggling with form after picking up three points on just one occasion in their last five fixtures in the league. With that being said, Tottenham are clear favourites on Wednesday evening and are expected to pick up all three points at home.
Hugo Lloris will return in goal after the French international goalkeeper completed his 12th clean sheet in the league following the 2-0 win against Wolves. Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier put on a solid performance in the previous fixture and will return as the two centre-backs to safeguard the goal at home.
Japhet Tanganga was handed a rare start in the last game and is expected to start over Serge Aurier on Wednesday evening as the Ivorian left-back has been ruled out due to a groin injury. Sergio Reguilon remains as an undisputable starter at the left-back position since his only other competitor Ben Davies continues to recover from his calf injury.
In midfield, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Giovani Lo Celso will form the double pivot and Dele Alli will be given the free license higher up the field as an attacking midfielder. Hojbjerg was Tottenham’s standout performer against Wolves after assisting Harry Kane for the opener and then scoring the second goal from close range.
Gareth Bale‘s inclusion in the starting eleven on Wednesday evening is doubtful as the Welsh international has picked up a muscle injury. Since Bale’s availability is questionable, Ryan Mason will consider playing Lucas Moura on the right-wing against Aston Villa while Son Heung-min starts on the left-wing.
Harry Kane has reportedly considered leaving the club and this could be his final fixture at home after scoring 220 goals for Tottenham over the years in all competitions. Kane will start as the striker against Aston Villa and will look to score a couple of goals to edge out Mohamed Salah in the Golden Boot race.