This Afternoon , Aston Villa face Tottenham Hotspur away at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in the Premier League.
Tottenham come into the game off the back of a 5-1 win at home to Slovenian side NS Mura in the Europa Conference League, and off the back of their last three league games that ended in defeat against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal, a win in that European game on Thursday night was needed to boost the confidence in the dressing room.
Aston Villa come into this off the back of a 1-0 win at home to Manchester United. It is important for the Villa to guard complacency going into this one.
Last week, Villa played extremely well against United and ran out the deserved winners. They took the game to the red devils, defended whenever they hit on the counter, and in the end, they took their chance when it came to them through Kortney Hause. A scare at the death was vanished as Bruno Fernandes blasted a penalty over the bar in the last minute, and Villa secured the three points at Old Trafford for the first time since 2009.
In an interview released by VillaTV earlier today, up and coming talent Jacob Ramsey was asked, "If anything, does a result like this make you focus even more on what you want to achieve?" And he replied with, "Yeah, 100%. Getting that feeling at Old Trafford after getting three points, I think the lads will want more."
That will be music to the Villa fans ears, hearing that the boys aren't complacent following that fantastic result away at Manchester United, and want more.
Predicted Lineup - Aston Villa
Following the result at Old Trafford, it would be very surprising to see Dean Smith make any changes to his starting eleven. Nobody really put a foot wrong, so it would be pointless changing things.
3-5-2 - It can be seen as a 5-3-2, as well. It depends on how you look at the formation, but there is no denying that Aston Villa have been a good watch since playing this system.
GK - Emi Martinez
CB - Ezri Konsa
CB - Kortney Hause
CB - Tyrone Mings (C) RWB - Matty Cash
LWB - Matt Targett
DM - John McGinn
DM - Douglas Luiz
AM - Jacob Ramsey
ST - Ollie Watkins ST - Danny Ings
It will be surprising to see a starting lineup different to this one. Martinez, Konsa and Mings are all no brainers. Hause has earnt a start in this game because of his performance last week. The midfield pivot of Luiz and McGinn has been a good watch so far this season, with both of them breaking up play and progressing. Jacob Ramsey has been arguably Villa's best player so far this season based on consistency. He came on for the second half away at Watford, and since then he has started every game he's been available for. The Villa fans are enjoying watching him thrive in the first team, however, they all want to see one thing from him, and that is for him to add goals and assists to his game. On the bench is a £35m player in Emi Buendia who is more than capable of scoring goals and getting assists in the role Jacob Ramsey is playing in, however he isn't starting because Ramsey is playing so well. If Ramsey can start to add goals and assists to his game, then he could potentially keep Buendia out of the Villa team for a long time to come. And then up front, another no brainer, Ings and Watkins.
That's the predicted lineup, but how do Villa actually set up? Do they set up to soak pressure and hit Tottenham on the counter, like they did three weeks ago against Chelsea, or do they take the game to Tottenham, like they did last week away at Man United. Taking the game to the opposition got the result against Man United, soaking up pressure and countering didn't get the result away at Chelsea, so it is likely that Aston Villa set up like they did last week, putting Tottenham under pressure, and then when Tottenham hit on the counter, Villa defend well.
This game will definitely be an interesting one. Will Villa continue their good form and pick up something from this game, or will Tottenham grab a much needed Premier League win on home turf. We find out today at 2PM UK Time.
BY HARRY BATTERS.