Aston Villa vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

There is plenty at stake for both Aston Villa and Tottenham as they look to and their poor league form with a win in the West Midlands on Sunday.

After five consecutive defeats without even scoring a goal, things have begun to get worrying for the home side and their manager Paul Lambert, who must find a way to help his side become more creative and deliver more end product.

He has a talented group of players available, but Monday’s reverse at lowly Queens Park Rangers exposed a loss of confidence, while striker Christian Benteke still appears to be lacking in fitness.

Mauricio Pochettino may have guided Tottenham to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup and an unbeaten run in the Europa League, but their form in the top-flight is leaving him with a lot to think about.

The Argentine found himself criticising the mentality of some of his players as they contrived to concede an inexplicable early second half goal and lose to Newcastle United after dominating the first period. More tough questions will be asked if he suffers another disappointing outcome here.

Aston Villa still have problems in defence, with Alan Hutton set to be sidelined for three weeks because of an ankle injury, while Philippe Senderos may miss out again. Nathan Baker though should be fit enough to return.

Harry Kane could be given his first Premier League start of the season for Tottenham after impressing in the cups. Kyle Naughton is back from injury.

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