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Villa vs. Spurs: Lineups + a safe space to rest your weary head

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Christian Benteke is on the bench as Aston Villa prepare to face Tottenham Hotspur for the second time in less than a month.

Laurence Griffiths

Hello, and welcome to Sunday football, in which the only Premier League match today is Aston Villa vs. Tottenham Hotspur. And we all know what happens when all eyes are trained on the Villa: total and complete meltdown.

Aaron is prepared for such a situation and has already begun drinking. Read his thoughts on Spurs before things start.

Last time Villa faced Spurs things didn't go so well. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that match was pretty much pants. Alas, there is no way to place a bet on a Villan getting his shorts pulled off in this game. I know. I've checked. But odds are if such an event happens again, Aston Villa will likely get a penalty. So hey, that's cool.

Oh, I give up. I don't know how to find inspirational words for this match. Sure, West Ham just beat Spurs last time out. Sure, Aston Villa beat Manchester City. Sure, Villa are undefeated in their past three league games. I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

A bit of confusion as we head into this match. At first, Christian Benteke wasn't on the bench. Now, he is. There's still no Nicklas Helenius or Matthew Lowton, however.

Correction: two minutes after this post published, Villa's official twitter sent out another bench, this time with both Helenius and Lowton included. Mind games? I'm not sure Andre Villas-Boas is checking the twitter right now, guys.

Villa starting XI:Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Luna, Delph, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Kozak

Wrong, official twitter. This is the Villa lineup: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Luna, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Kozak.

Subs:Steer, Baker, Benteke, Bennett, Bowery, Tonev, Sylla

More subs: Lowton, Helenius

Less subs: Baker

Confused: Clark

Spurs starting XI: Lloris; Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Vertonghen; Paulinho, Sandro; Townsend, Holtby, Sigurdsson; Soldado.

Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon, Defoe