Follow all the action live as Tottenham Hotspur host Aston Villa, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side under pressure and looking to put to an end their run of three straight defeats in the Premier League. Spurs may have been lifted by a second-half hat-trick from Harry Kane as they defeated NS Mura 5-1 in the Europa Conference League on Thursday but that will count for little if the hosts continue their Premier League slide, which continued following a sobering 3-1 defeat to Arsenal in the north London derby last weekend.
“The criticism is normal,” Nuno said this week. “Everybody knows how this industry works. When you don’t play good, when you don’t perform and results don’t go your way, criticism is something you have to deal with. We understand it and it’s up to us to react and change it.”
Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side are in form following back-to-back wins in the Premier League, including an excellent 1-0 victory at Old Trafford last time out. Smith said his side will continue to play on the front foot against Spurs, and are looking for consecutive wins at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following a 2-1 victory at the end of last season. “We hold no fear going to Tottenham but we know the dangers that they have,” Smith revealed. “We certainly have to be at our best but we have confidence and we have a bit of belief in ourselves at the moment so it should make for a really good game.” Follow all the action below:
Tottenham 0-0 Aston Villa
5 mins: Tottenham are struggling to advance the ball or keep possession in these opening stages. Ndombele is playing ahead of the midfield pair of Hojbjerg and Skipp, who are sitting in a two.
Jamie Braidwood3 October 2021 14:10
Tottenham 0-0 Aston Villa
3 mins: Villa have settled nicely and Watkins draws a foul from Hojbjerg following a smart turn in midfield. Nothing comes out it as Villa take it short.
Jamie Braidwood3 October 2021 14:07
Tottenham 0-0 Aston Villa
2 mins: An unconvincing start from Cristian Romero, who gives the ball away with his first two touches of the ball. Villa are pressing high, as they did at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford.
Jamie Braidwood3 October 2021 14:05
Kick off! Tottenham 0-0 Aston Villa
We’re underway at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
Jamie Braidwood3 October 2021 14:01
Tottenham vs Aston Villa: Can hosts find attacking spark?
Kane may come into this game with a good record against today’s opponents, but Tottenham are bottom of the league so far this season when it comes to shots and expected goals.
Tottenham’s totals of 57 shots and 5.6 xG were the lowest of all 20 teams after six games played – Nuno Espirito Santo’s side need to improve those dismal statistics today.
Kick-off is coming up shortly!
Jamie Braidwood3 October 2021 13:54
Tottenham vs Aston Villa: Last time out
Aston Villa spoiled Tottenham’s first game back in front of home fans when they came from a goal down to win 2-1 at the end of last season.
Ollie Watkins scored his 14th Premier League goal of the season to seal the win, which for Tottenham was marred over the uncertainty surrounding Harry Kane’s future.
Tottenham had won the previous six meetings between the sides, however, and Kane has scored seven goals in his nine appearances against Villa before today.
Jamie Braidwood3 October 2021 13:44
Tottenham vs Aston Villa: Nuno responds to pressure talk
Xisco Munoz may have become the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season, but the former Watford boss was thought to be behind both Steve Bruce and Nuno Espirito Santo in the sack race.
Nuno has come under fire following Tottenham’s three consecutive defeats in the Premier League and the manner of his side’s performance in the north London derby.
He said this week: “The criticism is normal. Everybody knows how this industry works. When you don’t play good, when you don’t perform and results don’t go your way, criticism is something you have to deal with. We understand it and it’s up to us to react and change it.
“I’m not worried about the judgement. What I’m worried about is how we can play better. The judgement, the criticism and the opinion is all part of the game and we have to deal with that. That doesn’t interfere with the way we work. It can only distract us. My focus is on how we can improve.”
Jamie Braidwood3 October 2021 13:29
Tottenham vs Aston Villa: Battle of the England strikers
We’re set for a battle of England strikers today, as Harry Kane faces Ollie Watkins before joining up with Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming October internationals.
Watkins has yet to hit the target this season but Southgate has been impressed enough with the 25-year-old’s performances to include the striker in his 23-man group. Watkins certainly carried a threat in Villa’s away displays at Chelsea and United, and should have really got on the scoresheet.
Kane, on the other hand, is also looking for his first goal of the Premier League season but was boosted by his hat-trick in the Europa Conference League in midweek.
Meanwhile, Danny Ings will be out to prove that his England days are not over. The former Southampton striker scored in each of his first two appearances for Villa in August but is yet to hit the net since.
Jamie Braidwood3 October 2021 13:21
Tottenham vs Aston Villa: Can Nuno solve midfield dilemma?
Spurs were simply overran in midfield at the Emirates last weekend with Nuno Espirito Santo coming in for considerable criticism for how much space Arsenal were allowed in central areas.
Nuno has shuffled his pack and has fielded a new three-man line-up today, with Hojbjerg, Skipp and Ndombele playing together for the first time this season.
The Portuguese will be looking for better balance and the stability that Hojbjerg and Skipp provided in those early victories – while Ndombele will look to carry the ball forward and link up with Tottenham’s attackers that were often left isolated at the Emirates.
Jamie Braidwood3 October 2021 13:13
Tottenham vs Aston Villa: Team news
Three changes for Tottenham from last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal, with Emerson Royal, Cristian Romero and Oliver Skipp in for Japhet Tanganga, Davinson Sanchez and Dele Alli.
Aston Villa are unchanged from their 1-0 win at Manchester United, with Kortney Hause keeping his place after scoring a late winner last weekend.
Jamie Braidwood3 October 2021 13:06