If you believe in Narrative™, this match is all about Tim Sherwood returning to Tottenham Hotspur a bitter and angry man. He's in search of revenge, and he wants blood. The fact that Aston Villa could help secure their future by stealing points at White Hart Lane is completely beside the point.
But if you don't follow all of that, this is your standard intriguing match of football. The Sherwood angle is fascinating, but nearly as fascinating as the recent implosion of the Spurs midfield. Or as the seemingly endless free-fall of the once-proud Villa. Or the fact that Villa have been on a (relative) scoring tear lately and have a chance to nick their first win against Spurs since 2008. We're never sure what we'll get with Tim Sherwood, but thus far the answer has always been at least exciting.
So strap in. We're not expecting much out of this, but there's always a chance at excitement and surprise. If you want some pre-match entertainment, check out Alex's preview, our weekly podcast, or the Q&A we did with Spurs blog Cartilage Free Captain (and the one they did with us)! And be sure to join us in the comments below during the match!
Location: White Hart Lane, London, England
Kick-off time: 3:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM Eastern, 7:00 AM Pacific
Available TV: NBCSN (US), None (UK)
Available streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra
Available radio: AVTV (subscription required), Westwood One Sports (US), BBC Radio (UK)
For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.
Aston Villa starting XI
#AVFC (v @SpursOfficial): Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Richardson, Cleverley, Delph (c), Sanchez, Grealish, Agbonlahor, Benteke. #AVFCLIVE— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 11, 2015
Aston Villa subs
#AVFC subs (v @SpursOfficial): Given, Baker, Okore, Weimann, Cole, N’Zogbia, Lowton. #AVFCLIVE— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 11, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur starting XI
#THFC team: Vorm; Chiriches, Dier, Fazio, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason; Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane (c) #COYS pic.twitter.com/SNYy6fnxIG— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 11, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur subs
#THFC subs: Friedel, Davies, Yedlin, Lamela, Paulinho, Stambouli, Soldado #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 11, 2015