ottenham’s trip to Aston Villa on Sunday has been hugely meaningful to the club both on and off the field.

After coach Jose Mourinho condemned his stance after a 2-0 lead in the first leg of falling out of the Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb, the behavior of the players will be just as central as the performance itself.

A top four result is likely beyond Spurs but the Villa Park win will put them just three points behind Chelsea. A mark of unity that victory will bring is needed, especially if a league cup final is yet to come. Spurs’ season isn’t over yet, but if you lose it will feel like it is.

Date, time and place

Aston Villa versus Tottenham is scheduled for Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 7.30 p.m. GMT kick-off.

The game is played behind closed doors in Villa Park.

How to watch

TV Channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can watch the game online via the website or the Sky Go app.

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Team news

Jack Grealish faces a fitness race ahead of the game. The skipper has been out for five weeks with a shin injury and boss Dean Smith will be making a late call on Sunday morning with the midfielder, who has not yet fully trained.

Wesley (knee) is back in training after over a year while Kortney at home continues to struggle with a foot problem.

Aston Villa preliminary roster: Martinez, Steer, Heaton, Mings, Engels, Elmohamady, Cash, Targett, Taylor, Konsa, McGinn, Luiz, Barkley, Sanson, Trezeguet, El Ghazi, Ramsey, Nakamba, Davis, Traore, Watkins.

Tottenham are likely to do without a Heung min son, with the striker still suffering from a hamstring injury and boss Jose Mourinho expecting him to be fit after the international window.

Mourinho is likely to make some changes to his side, including Harry Kane who played 120 minutes in the Europa League loss to Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

Tottenham preliminary roster: Lloris, Hart, Aurier, Tanganga, Doherty, Dier, Alderweireld, Rodon, Sanchez, Reguilon, Davies, Hojbjerg, Winks, Sissoko, Ndombele, Alli, Lamela, Moura, Kane, Vinicius, Bale.

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Prediction: Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham

Spurs is sure to have a reaction to Thursday’s defeat, especially if captain Hugo Lloris takes the remarkable step of calling in what appears to be certain squad members.

Aston Villa may have Jack Grealish back, but what form he hasn’t trained in is only guesswork. Villa looks half as good without him and Spurs have enough to score a much-needed victory if they pull themselves together.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

  • Aston Villa wins: 56
  • Draws: 36
  • Tottenham wins: 74

Betting odds and tips (subject to change)

  • Aston Villa: 21/10
  • Draw: 23/10
  • Tottenham: 11/08
  • Harry Kane hits first: 7/2