Watch Live: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa (Lineups and Discuss)

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Tottenham’s final game may seem tame compared with, say, Manchester City looking to clinch the Premier League title. But Aston Villa have a chance to mess things up for Spurs in their visit to White Hart Lane (Watch the game at 10am ET on USA or live online via NBC Sports Live Extra).

See, Tottenham have yet to sew up sixth place, otherwise known as England’s final Europa League spot. And while Spurs aren’t known for taking the competition all that seriously, it’s still a chance to make a little extra cash. And with the winner of next year’s tournament getting automatic entry into the Champions League, Spurs may have some incentive to keep hold of that spot.

As for Villa, they’re just happy to have stayed up. In fact, the visit to London almost seems like something that just needs to be over and done with, as the majority of supporters are simply waiting to hear about the club’s future, and whether it will be under new ownership next season.

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Despite having a great opportunity to try out new players and lose absolutely nothing, Paul Lambert has elected to make just two changes from last week’s side that beat Hull 3-1. Gabby Agbonlahor and Leandro Bacuna replace Ciaran Clark and Karim El Ahmadi, but unfortunately for those watching, Nathan Baker remains in defense.

Tim Sherwood makes two changes to the Spur team that lost 2-0 to West Ham last time out. One is enforced: Younes Kaboul’s red card means Vlad Chiriches steps into defense. The other is a bit odd – Sandro plays, despite hints he’s on his way out of the team.

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Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Naughton, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose; Sandro; Sigurdsson, Paulinho, Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane

Subs: Friedel, Fryers, Veljkovic, Bentaleb, Capoue, Pritchard, Soldado

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bertrand, Bacuna, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Bowery, Agbonlahor

Subs: Steer, Sylla, Holt, Robinson, Grealish, Grealish, Clark, El Ahmadi

WATCH LIVE: Manchester City vs. Aston Villa (Lineups and Discuss)

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Just two matches separate Manchester City from the Premier League title, but Aston Villa will hope to complete an upset that would involve their first series sweep in 50-plus years when the two teams tangle at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. (Watch live at 2:45pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports Live Extra).

City can leapfrog Liverpool for first place in the table with a win, and even a draw would push them into first place on goal differential. The Reds have 81 points, while City enters the game with 80.

Villa last did the double over City in 1963, and would relish the chance to capitalize on the confidence gained by ensuring their Premier League safety with a 3-1 weekend win over Hull City.

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In team news Man City bring in David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov to replace Sergio Aguero and Gael Clichy, while Villa bring in Jordan Bowery and Karim El Ahmadi for Gabby Agbonlahor and Marc Albrighton.

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Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Garcia, Yaya Toure, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Clichy, Fernandinho, Negredo, Jovetic

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Bertrand, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Weimann, Bowery. Subs: Steer, Bacuna, Sylla, Holt, Robinson, Grealish, Tonev

Watch Live: Aston Villa vs. Hull City (Lineups and Discuss)

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For the fourth season in a row, Aston Villa find themselves in a relegation battle, absolutely needing a win at Villa Park today over visiting Hull City (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra).

Back when Villa beat Chelsea on March 15, fans felt confident that they wouldn’t spend the final weeks of the season fearing the drop. But with just one points from the six games following, the Lions are right back in the relegation battle, sitting just three points into safety. With games against Manchester City and Tottenham to round out the season, the side knows that this game against Hull is an absolute must win.

Yet Hull, while comfortable, aren’t entirely sure of safety yet either, and could use three points as insurance in case the sides below them win out. Last week the Tigers proved that they’ve got the goods, coming back from 2-0 down to draw Fulham in the final fifteen minutes. Will they now pile pressure on early, possibly condemning Villa to a season in the Championship?

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After losing 4-1 at Swansea last week, Paul Lambert has reverted back to a conservative lineup, putting out five defenders in a flexible 3-5-2 / 5-3-2 formation. Considering Villa needs a win, rather than a point, this could really backfire on the manager. Karim El Ahmadi makes way, while Ciaran Clark joins up with Nathan Baker and Ron Vlaar at the back. Matthew Lowton replaces Leandro Bacuna on the right.

Steve Bruce decides to go against family lines, replacing Alex Bruce with Maynor Figueroa at the back. After the comeback last week, the rest of the side remains unchanged, with Shane Long and Nikica Jelavić, last week’s scorers, remaining in place up top.

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Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Bertrand, Westwood, Delph, Albrighton, Agbonlahor, Weimann

Subs: Steer, Bacuna, Sylla, Holt, Robinson, Bowery, El Ahmadi

Hull City: Rosenior, Figueroa, Chester, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Jelavic, Long, Elmohamady

Subs: Jakupovic, Bruce, Koren, Fryatt, Boyd, Sagbo, Quinn

Aston Villa 0-0 Southampton: Villa break four-game losing streak (video)

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The match at Villa Park provided very few moments of liveliness or intrigue, yet Paul Lambert is still likely to be pleased. After losing four in a row, Aston Villa have finally picked up a point – a point that could prove vital in the battle to stay up.

As for Southampton, they’re well safe but well out of the battle for Europe, so losing out on all three points likely didn’t sting much.

When the first half finished, Aston Villa had just 29% possession and had taken exactly zero shots. That, right there, should tell you all you need to know about the first 45 minutes.

But in case you’re one that likes the details, here’s a bit more to round out the picture of the first half.

(Premier League Roundup: Chelsea blow it, Swansea, Spurs and Palace win)

Southampton threatened early. From the third minute, the visitors were slipping down the flanks, pulling passes back from the byline and generally harassing the Villa defense. Rickie Lambert could’ve had the Saints up 2-0 by the time five minutes were up. First the forward got his head on the end of a cross from Luke Shaw, but Brad Guzan was there to save his side. Moments later, the Villa defense was there to put Lambert’s shot out for a corner.

At the half-hour mark, Guzan got the chance to play hero again. For some reason, Nathan Baker – who’d just made a vital clearance to deny a Southampton goal – allowed Steven Davis to shoot from close range. Guzan, who’d come out to chase a wayward cross, flew back to keep out the shot.

The hosts started the second half much more brightly than the first, getting their first shot of the game in the 49th minute. However, the strike from Karim El Ahmadi was straight to Artur Boruc, doing nothing much to threaten a goal.

Southampton actually had the ball inside the net in the 65th minute, just after Marc Albrighton, Villa’s liveliest player, had threatened at the other end. Adam Lallana got on the end of a long ball from Morgan Schneiderlin and had the ball behind Guzan, but he was clearly offside.

Villa may have gotten away with one in the 80th minute, when on-loan fullback Ryan Bertrand stuck out his hands, knocking a cross from Nathaniel Clyne off course. It could’ve been given as a penalty, but the referee waved play on.

With five minutes left to go, Paul Lambert tried to liven things up a bit with the introduction of Villa Academy product Callum Robinson. The 19-year-old did inject a bit of pace into the match, but his best chance went wide.

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Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Bertrand, Albrighton, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi (Holt 80), Agbonlahor, Weimann (Robinson 85)

Subs: Steer, Sylla, Tonev, Lowton, Clark, Holt, Robinson

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Ward-Prowse (Gallagher 67), Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Wanyama (Cork 83), Lallana (90), Lambert

Subs: Cork, Do Prado, Chambers, Gazzaniga, Hooiveld, Reed, Gallagher

Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa: Puncheon lifts his side once more (video)

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The two sides met at Selhurst Park even on points, but Crystal Palace emerge almost certain of safety, while results at the bottom mean Aston Villa are fearing relegation once more.

As was to be expected from a Tony Pulis side meeting a side set up defensively, there was very little action to be had in much of the match. In fact, by the break, Brad Guzan had needed to make just one save, while Villa hadn’t tested Julian Speroni at all.

It looked like Villa might be able to get something out of the match when Kagisho Dikgacoi went off injured. Pulis brought on Marouane Chamakh, pushing Joe Ledley into midfield and putting Chamakh just behind Cameron Jerome. The result was a rather disjointed Palace side.

Villa nearly took advantage of Palace’s inability to settle shortly after. Ciaran Clark got a touch on a corner from Ashley Westwood, but Jerome was there to clear the ball off the line.

Palace were able to work their way back into the game before the half had finished. The hosts’ best attempt came in the 41st minute, when Yannick Bolasie got on the end of a cross from Jason Puncheon. His header was rather tame, however, and Guzan had no trouble keeping it out.

Palace was again ready to cause trouble in the second half. Guzan was forced to push away a decent effort from Bolasie, but the ball fell to Jerome. The forward’s shot only rattled the bar, however.

At the hour mark, the lively Bolasie nearly got one past Guzan. His shot from 25 yards had the goalkeeper beaten, but Guzan was saved from embarrassment when the ball went just wide of the far post.

There was no one rescuing Guzan in the 76th, however, when Jason Puncheon put Crystal Palace up again. Last week’s hero netted his sixth of the season when he got on the end of a low ball from Bolasie to sweep home.

With less than fifteen minutes left to play, Paul Lambert made a double switch, bringing on Andi Weimann for Karim El Ahmadi and Marc Albrighton for Ryan Bertrand.

The substitutions very nearly paid off. Speroni was forced into a fantastic save to keep out an effort from Weimann. In injury time, the Austrian set up a good chance for Ciaran Clark, while Joel Ward and Scott Dann combined to keep out an attempt by Ron Vlaar.

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Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Dikgacoi (Chamakh 19), Jedinak, Bolasie (Parr 83), Puncheon, Ledley, Jerome (Murray 75)

Goals: Puncheon 76′

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Clark, Bertrand (Albrighton 82), Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi (Weimann 82), Agbonlahor, Holt

Subs: Bennett, Weimann, Albrighton, Sylla, Bowery, Tonev, Steer