Premier League Preview: Tottenham vs. Aston Villa

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  • Spurs have longest unbeaten run (9) in PL
  • Villa have lost eight of 10 PL games
  • Managerless Villa won this 1-0 last season

Tottenham Hotspur host Aston Villa (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) at White Hart Lane on Monday with Spurs aiming to go 10 games unbeaten and a win against managerless Villa will see them move into the top five of the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino‘s men have the joint-best defense in the league and in their last game against Bournemouth their offense finally fired with Harry Kane grabbing a hat trick. Kevin MacDonald will continue in caretaker charge of Villa but French manager Remi Garde has been named as their new manager after American owner Randy Lerner fired Tim Sherwood last week following a dreadful run of results which has seen the Midlands club drop to the bottom of the table.

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In team news Nabil Bentaleb, Son Heung-min and Nacer Chadli all remain out injured for Spurs, while Joleon Lescott should return for Villa

What they’re saying

Toby Alderweireld tells PST about Spurs’ defensive solidity: “That defensive solidity is the way we will get success. It is important that the team feels confident in playing and isn’t conceding, not giving away a lot of chances. If you have to score three, four, five goals to win it is not good. I think we can improve up front but we are working very hard in a good way and we are playing very well.”

MacDonald on Villa’s perilous situation: “The players are very worried about the situation where they are. They’re hurting as they’re bottom of the league. Talking to the lads, they believe they can get out of this, without a doubt. They’re determined.”

Prediction

Villa are all over the place and coming up against an in-form Spurs away from home is not exactly what the managerless club need right now. Villa also have a brutal schedule coming up, so they will sit back and try to soak up Spurs’ pressure. Pochettino’s side have struggled to score many this season but the recent win at Bournemouth could see the floodgates open. 3-0 to Spurs.