The Lilywhites will be looking to put the loss to West Ham behind them and keep pace with their rivals around them. Recent history may favour Tottenham, who have not lost to Aston Villa in their last 10 fixtures and have won 4-0 in their last two meetings at Villa Park, including a League Cup clash in September. The Villans have had mixed results but victories over Arsenal and Manchester City and narrow defeats to Chelsea and Liverpool show Spurs need to be wary.
The game may throw up some interesting match ups. Christian Benteke – if fit – against his international teammate Jan Vertonghen; Gabriel Agbonlahor against Kyle Walker and Spurs will hope to see Danny Rose return to counteract Andreas Weimann.
Until the West Ham match Spurs had the best defensive record in the league, joint with Southampton, and Coach Andr