Aston Villa will be looking to extend their unbeaten run as they take on Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s only Premier League fixture.
Seven points from a possible nine for Paul Lambert’s side has lifted them to mid-table, and that feat is more impressive considering that they have been without talisman Christian Benteke, who was injured at Norwich City. Villa have also looked more solid in recent weeks, with two consecutive clean sheets away from home.
Tottenham’s heavy home defeat to West Ham United came as a shock to the system having previously conceded just two goals from their opening six Premier League games. For manager Andre Villas-Boas, the international break came at the wrong time with little time to work on their failings against the Hammers. One crumb of comfort for the ex-Chelsea boss is Tottenham’s excellent recent record against Villa.
Benteke is pushing for a return after recovering from his hip flexor injury, with Libor Kozak likely to make way if the Belgian starts.
Aaron Lennon could feature after recovering from a foot injury, but he is unlikely to start ahead of the in-form Andros Townsend. Younes Kaboul is a doubt, while Danny Rose and Etienne Capoue are definitely out.
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