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Jordan Bowery at striker? Villa vs. Spurs Tactical Preview

In a game where not much matters for either team, what should Paul Lambert do regarding his lineup?

Mark Thompson

Coming off of a 4-0 midweek loss against Manchester City, Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert looks likely to pull out all the stops and play some attacking football in the season's final match, away at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. With the match not really meaning a lot as far as the league standings go, it may be a chance for Lambert to try either some new tactics, or some younger players. Hopefully he will choose both and give some of the promising youth team lads a shot.

Assuming that Marc Albrighton is still unfit, it would be worth a shot to try Leandro Bacuna at right midfield, as Robert has suggested in this week's and other versions of the Holtecast. Jordan Bowery has played well in both of the matches in the last week, showing good strength and pace combined with good heading touch. Andi Weimann has looked great since finally being deployed centrally, scoring two goals last Saturday. And although we only saw Jack Grealish for a couple minutes, fans are clamouring for more and I believe there is a good chance he starts. Because of the personnel Lambert will be working with, going with a 4-4-2 formation is a logical choice. Fabian Delph and Ashley Westwood will start in the middle of midfield, and the defensive alignment is fairly standard, with Ron Vlaar paired with Ciaran Clark at centre back, flanked by Matt Lowton and Ryan Bertrand on the right and left respectively.

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Subs from: Steer, Robinson, Holt, Luna, El Ahmadi, Baker, Sylla

Would you choose a different formation if you were Lambert? Let us know in the comments!

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