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ASTON VILLA VS TOTTENHAM

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 3:00 AM

VILLA (5-3-2)

GUZAN,

HUTTON, RICHARDS, LESCOTT, CLARK,

DISSOKHO,

VERETOUT, WESTWOOD, GANA,

AGBONLAHOR, AYEW

KANE,

LAMELA, ALLI ERIKSEN,

DIER, DEMBELE,

ROSE, WIMMER, ALDERWEIRELD, WALKER,

LLORIS

SPURS (4-2-3-1)

Aston Villa have just 16 points from 29 games. Only two teams in Barclays Premier League history have had fewer than 16 points after 29 games (Sunderland in 2005-06 and Derby in 2007-08 - both 10).

Villa have lost six of their last seven league games, including the last four. In that quartet of defeats, they have conceded 15 goals. Indeed, at Villa Park, they have won two and eight, both worse records in the division. Their goals for, 11, is the lowest, while their goals conceded, 23, is the highest. By contrast, Spurs have won seven away games, the joint second highest, and lost just twice.

After winning six games in a row in the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur have taken one point from their last two games, the defeat at West Ham and last Saturday's dramatic 2-2 draw at home to neighbours and arch-enemies Arsenal.

They remain in second place, five points behind leaders Leicester City, and can reduce that gap to two points as their rivals do not play until Monday night.

Spurs would be top now had they not drawn so many games; no fewer than 10 of their 29 games have ended in stalemates.

They beat Villa 3-1 in November at White Hart Lane but in this game last season Villa won 1-0 despite finishing with 10 men.

Villa test Jack Grealish but are still without Libor Kozak, Jordan Amavi, Carlos Sanchez and Adama Traore. Spurs, meanwhile, test Danny Rose but Jan Vertonghen is out.