Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa – prediction, team news, lineups
Seeking to end a three-game losing streak in the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur will host Aston Villa in Sunday afternoon’s top flight battle.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s team was beaten 3-1 by Arsenal in the most recent North London derby, while Dean Smith’s team famously achieved a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.
All the passion, energy and desire that a North London derby should evoke from Arsenal and Tottenham was only evident on the Emirates’ red side during the first 45 minutes of last week’s match, such as Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He gave the Gunners three goals in the first 45 minutes.
Spurs went through Son Heung-min in 45 seconds, but by that time it was too late to inspire a dramatic comeback, as Santo’s bad luck continued with a third consecutive defeat in the Premier League and a third consecutive game in the Premier League. top category with three. Objectives granted.
After ascending to the top of the rankings after three games of the 2021-22 season, the Spurs have now slipped below their North London rivals at 11th in the table, although they did claim a 5-by-5 win. -1 over NS Mura in the classification. Europa Conference League on Thursday.
However, the Spurs are now under pressure to translate that four-goal beating into performances on the national stage, as the pressure already weighs heavily on Santo’s shoulders as the Spurs look to avoid losing four league games in a row for the first time since. 2004.
With nine goals conceded and only one scored in that troubling streak, Spurs will be desperate to see forward Harry Kane dive after his second-half hat-trick against Mura, but his opponents are a team in inspired form. .
Kortney Hause’s header may have won the day for Villa, but the visiting crowd had their hearts in their mouths as Manchester United received a last-minute penalty at Old Trafford, with Bruno Fernandes taking responsibility for Cristiano. Ronaldo.
However, the normally dependable Portuguese playmaker launched his shot over the bar before Emi Martinez’s rope dance in front of the United crowd, as Dean Smith’s team marched towards a victory they will not quickly forget in Manchester. .
Maintaining the momentum of a 3-0 thrashing of another fit team at Everton, Villa’s record of seven points taken from the last 12 on offer has seen them climb to eighth in the table, and the victory at Old Trafford was the perfect way to respond to three previous losses away from home in all competitions this season.
Since December 2009, Villa had not achieved three straight Premier League wins with three clean sheets, but the second game in that sequence was a 1-0 win at Man United, a lurid but potentially positive omen before the trip to an underperforming Spurs team. .
Smith’s team will also have fond memories of their recent visit to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as they posted a 2-1 victory in May, although they have only won one of their most recent 11 meetings with the Spurs, losing 10 of them.