Game: Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur
Date: Sunday 16th February
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Villa Park
At a Glance
Aston Villa return to action after their winter break when they take on Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on Sunday.
Dean Smith’s men have picked up 17 of their 25 points on home turf this season and they’re chasing a third consecutive home win following last gasp wins against Watford and Leicester City.
An away defeat to Bournemouth last time out left Villa one point above the relegation zone in 17th.
Tottenham have struggled for form on the road this season, winning just two of their 12 away fixtures in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho’s team are fighting for European football and the Londoners occupy sixth spot heading into this fixture.
Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min scored in a 2-0 success against Manchester City in their last league outing.
The two teams have met 164 times in all competitions, including their first encounter back in 1903.
Villa have come out on the winning side 56 times, drawing 35 and losing on 73 occasions.
Recent encounters have not been fruitful for those in claret and blue, with only one win in the past 18 matches against Spurs dating back to 2008.
Aston Villa’s seven Premier League victories this season have come on six different days of the week, with Sunday the only day the Villans have yet to win on in 2019-20. Victory here will see Aston Villa become just the second team in English top-flight history to win a league game on all seven days of the week within the same season, after Spurs in 1986-87.
Of away grounds he’s visited at least five times in the Premier League, only at St James’ Park (0/7) has Spurs boss José Mourinho won fewer games than he has at Villa Park (1/6).
Jack Grealish has created 63 chances for his teammates in the Premier League this season, more than double that of any other Aston Villa player. He’s also the first player to register 50+ shots and 50+ chances created in a single top-flight campaign for the Villans since Christian Benteke in 2012-13.
Dean Smith confirmed earlier this week that Ezri Konsa is available to play after overcoming a thigh injury sustained during the defeat to Bournemouth last time out.
The Villa boss also revealed Keinan Davis faces two to three weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
John McGinn is making progress in his recovery from a fractured ankle, but he remains sidelined alongside long-term absentees Tom Heaton, Jed Steer and Wesley.
"It’s going to be a different team than we played against on the first day of the season because they’ve got a new head coach. Obviously Jose’s in there now and he’ll have different ideas to Mauricio Pochettino.
"They’re without Harry Kane, which is a big loss, but they’ve got an awful lot of quality within that team.Bergwijn, Son, Moura and Dele Alli, who’s scoring goals now. They’ve got enough of a threat.
"They were Champions League finalists last season and they’ve been regular top four finishers, but we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves and that’s the most important thing."
Ways to Follow
You can follow the game on VillaTV.
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