Tottenham Hotspur travel to face a struggling Aston Villa side on Sunday at Villa Park, looking to get back to winning ways in Premier League after failing to win in either of their last two Premier League games.
Spurs head into the game with Villa in second position in the Premier League, five points off Leicester City in first place. Villa look doomed as they go into the game bottom of the table, nine points off seventeenth place. Villa have lost five of their last six league game with the only win coming against Norwich City at the beginning of February.
It is absolutely crucial that Spurs get the three points to put the pressure on Leicester before their game with Newcastle United on Monday night. The gap needs to be closed as soon as possible and Spurs need to go back on a winning run.
It has been an incredible season for Spur in the league, but they need to continue on winning points in the last nine games that are left. Defeat to West Ham United and then a draw against fierce rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane means they need to get back to winning ways against Villa.
Spurs got battered by Borussia Dortmund midweek in the Europa League 3-0 and it will be interesting to see how the team bounce back to the criticism they got for the result.
Villa are battling for their lives to stay in the Premier League this season, but with nine games to go, it's hard to see where they are going to get enough points to do that. Villa have never been relegated before, but it's now at a stage where it's nearly impossible for them to stay up unless performances improve.
Last time they met
The last time the two teams met at Villa park was back in November 2014 when Spurs scored two goals in the last six minutes to win the game 2-1. The goals that day came from Nacer Chadli and Harry Kane while Villa took the lead thanks to an Andreas Weimann goal. The meeting earlier this season saw Spurs once again win the game, this time, it was 3-1. Goals from Moussa Dembele, Delle Alli and Kane earned to North London side the three points.
Mauricio Pochettino made quite a few changes to his starting eleven for the game against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday and the players he did rest are likely to come straight back into the team this weekend.
Danny Rose is a doubt for the game after missing the Dortmund game with a calf injury and he will need to be assessed further to see if he can play. Eric Dier is said to be struggling with an injury and he will have a late fitness test to see if can play against Villa.
Delle Alli is set to return to the team after missing out midweek with an ankle injury. Harry Kane will come back into the team after being rested against Dortmund.
Aston Villa have a few injury concerns to deal going into game with a couple of key players out injured. Adama Traore is still out with a broken foot and likely to be out for a while yet.
Libor Kozak and Jack Grealish are also still out injured which is bad for a team that needs their best players back fit and playing.
Aston Villa will host Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on Sunday, March 13th with kick-off at 16:00 BST.