Aston Villa - Tottenham Preview: Alex McLeish looks to address home truths for his relegation-haunted side
The Villans will be hoping to find a winning formula after a dismal run which has seen them fail to secure victory at their Villa Park ground since way back in November
By Tom Marshall-Bailey
Hutton, Dunne, Cuellar, Lichaj
N'Zogbia, Ireland, Agbonlahor
Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Rose
Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale
Van der Vaart
Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has ruled himself out of his side's final two Premier League games and so misses out against his former club.
Alex McLeish is also without Marc Albrighton, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season, whilst Stiliyan Petrov is still recovering after being diagnosed with leukaemia.
Emile Heskey faces a late fitness test on an Achilles injury but is expected to lead the line with Charles N'Zogbia and Gabriel Agbonlahor supporting him.
Tottenham welcome back Scott Parker after the industrious midfielder missed the last two matches with an Achilles injury of his own.
Luka Modric and Kyle Walker are both huge doubts for the visitors, with the latter believed to be willing to have a painkilling injection in an effort to be able to play.
Club captain Ledley King is expected to miss out with a knee injury and joins a lengthy list of absentees on the sidelines.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Alex McLeish's Birmingham City side had two points more at the same stage last season (39) than Aston Villa currently have (37) and still ended up being relegated.
- Villa have drawn 16 league matches this season (seven of them 0-0) which is just one short of the Premier League record set by Villa themselves in 2006-07 and Newcastle in 2003-04.
- The club need to win their remaining two games to better their lowest ever Premier League points tally of 42 from 2005-06.
- Aston Villa have scored just once in their last five Premier League games, picking up two points from a possible 15.
- The opening goal scored by Luka Modric (pictured right) against Bolton on Wednesday was Tottenham's first away from home since they went 2-0 up at Arsenal on February 26, 66 days ago.
- If Spurs win their last two matches they will finish with 71 points, which will be their highest top-flight tally since the 1986-87 season (also 71 points).
- The Bolton victory was Harry Redknapp's side's first victory away from White Hart Lane in the league in 2012.
- Tottenham are unbeaten in their last six league matches against Aston Villa.
- Spurs recorded 2-1 victories over the Villans at home and away last season, with Rafael van der Vaart scoring twice on both occasions and Marc Albrighton netting Villa's goal each time
- Spurs have lost just one of their last six matches at Villa Park.
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Top 3 Predictions
Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham
- 16.47 %
Aston Villa 2-1 Tottenham
- 13.5 %
Aston Villa 1-3 Tottenham
- 10.73 %
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Oct 20, 2013||Aston Villa 0 - Tottenham 2|
|England - Capital One Cup (League Cup) (CCUP)||Sep 25, 2013||Aston Villa 0 - Tottenham 4|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Dec 27, 2012||Aston Villa 0 - Tottenham 4|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Oct 7, 2012||Tottenham 2 - Aston Villa 0|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||May 6, 2012||Aston Villa 1 - Tottenham 1|
|Dec 15, 2013||Aston Villa 0 - Manchester United 3||EPL|
|Dec 8, 2013||Fulham 2 - Aston Villa 0||EPL|
|Dec 5, 2013||Southampton 2 - Aston Villa 3||EPL|
|Nov 30, 2013||Aston Villa 0 - Sunderland 0||EPL|
|Nov 26, 2013||West Bromwich Albion 2 - Aston Villa 2||EPL|
|24||Carlos Javier Cuéllar||Defender|
|23||Rafael van der Vaart||Midfielder|
|17||Giovani dos Santos||Striker|
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