Tottenham travel to Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday, 13 March as Spurs look to end a torrid run of three games without a win in all competitions. A win here is imperative for Mauricio Pochettino's men, failing which will deal a massive blow to their ambitions of winning the league.
Where to Watch
Kick-off is set for 4pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be on BBC Match of the Day 2 from 10:30pm GMT on BBC One. Live radio broadcast will be available on BBC Five Live Sports Extra.
Aston Villa have a huge task at hand to avoid relegation, currently nine points adrift of safety, with only nine games left in the season. Manager Remi Garde is hoping that his team can do a Leicester City, who were in a similar position last season but won seven of their last nine games to go on a run which can win them the title this season.
However, their performance over the last few games has shown little that they can challenge for a place in the first division next season and just three wins from 29 suggest that the former Lyon manager may have to prove his worth in the Championship if he wants to continue management in England.
The Villans lost 4-0 to Manchester City last weekend and a loss here would be their 20th of the campaign and which can put to rest any hopes of survival this season.
Tottenham come into the game on the back of a 3-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League, where manager Mauricio Pochettino had made seven changes to the side that started against Arsenal at White Hart Lane. A win here will take Spurs to within two points off Leicester for the time being, who play Newcastle on Monday night and give them some much needed belief that they can end their 55-year-long wait without the title.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier will be back in the side against Villa. Pochettino has set his sights on the Premier League title, having all but ended their hopes of progressing in the Europa. Spurs beat Villa 3-1 in the reverse fixture at the Lane and current confidence level of both teams suggests that the result is unlikely to be any different this time around.
What Managers Say
Remi Garde: "Spurs have been on a good run throughout the season. It's going to be difficult for us. It'll be tough for them to win the title, the race is tight. They have very good players. They've been playing in Europe which is very demanding. We're still bottom of the league. We made progress during a period of time in January. We're struggling to earn points and win games. We can still stay up. If you look at Leicester last season, they started now and they ended up winning seven games.
Mauricio Pochettino: "I think we need to show respect to Aston Villa. I think we are wrong if we don't show respect to Aston Villa. And in the same way, I explained last week, the players are not machines, I think we've come through a very busy period and we play a lot with different circumstances. There's no regret about nothing. It's only that we need to know that the level, to compete in the Champions League in the future, you need to improve."
Betting Odds (Betfair)
- Aston Villa Win: 34/5
- Draw: 10/3
- Tottenham Win: 4/9
Possible XI: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Clark, Cissokho; Westwood, Gueye, Veretout; Ayew, Gestede
Possible XI: Lloris; Walker, Wimmer, Alderweireld, Davies; Dembele, Mason; Alli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane