Spurs will aim to get back to winning ways after their drab 0-0 with Burnley last week and face ex-boss Tim Sherwood’s new employers Aston Villa on Saturday. Villa are stuck in a relegation dog fight and any points gained at White Hart Lane will be seen as a massive bonus.
Pochettino will be without Kyle Walker due to a foot problem and club captain Hugo Lloris is still missing with a knee injury after the clattering tackle he received from the aforementioned Walker against Leicester. Jan Vertonghen is still recovering from a virus so man of the moment Harry Kane could continue to skipper the side
Villa will be without 4 first team players with Gil, Hutton, Sinclair and Westwood still injured. It is perhaps too early for Libor Kozak to make a return from a broken leg but Aly Cissokho has trained all week and is pushing for a recall.
Villa have certainly improved since Sherwood took over having taken 7 points from a possible 15 and will surely look to the in-form Christian Benteke to spearhead their attack again against what could be an inexperienced Spurs Premier League defence. Benteke has 7 in 5 games and looks like he has reaped the benefit of Sherwood’s management just as Adebayor did at Spurs last season.
They may also look to strengthen their own defence and bring Lowton in to the team ahead of Bacuna having conceded 3 at home on Tuesday. Full appearances are perhaps beyond Joe Cole at 33 years old so youngster Jack Grealish could continue on the left.
Probable Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Cissokho, Cleverley, Sanchez, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Grealish.