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Villama Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa

Following up a joyous 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, a feat not seen since 2009, Aston Villa face a floundering Tottenham Hotspur away from home on Sunday.

Ezri Konza nailed in a header and Emi Martinez bullied Bruno Fernandes in a win that was over a decade in the making, giving Aston Villa a two game winning streak heading into the match at Tottenham. Villa have stuck with the 3-5-2 and there is no reason to think they will not play out of that formation again this week. The squad should remain the same as well.

Martinez looks to follow up his brilliant performance last week in goal, with Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause, and Ezri Konza rounding out the back three. Matty Target will man the left-back/wing position, with Matty Cash playing the role on the right. Douglas Luiz, Jacob Ramsey, and John McGinn make up the midfield while Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings pair up front. Leon Bailey will miss the game due to injury as will a seemingly snake-bitten Morgan Sanson.

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A rare win at Old Trafford should give Dean Smith’s men plenty of confidence going into Sunday’s game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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While Villa are currently riding high, Spurs sit on the other end of the spectrum. The losers of three straight league games (0-3 to Crystal Palace, 0-3 to Chelsea, and 1-3 against Arsenal) have a manager in Nuno Espirito Santo that is on the hot seat and a star player in Harry Kane that tried everything to leave the club over the summer. Son Heung-Min will play on the left, presumably in the forward position, with Kane at striker. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg at central midfield and Sergio Reguilón at left-back are other players to watch for Spurs.

PREDICTION: Tottenham has given up three goals in each of their last three league games, so there’s some expectation that Villa could do the same or close. A 2-1 win for Villa seems reasonable for the day.