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Aston Villa’s predicted line-up vs Tottenham in the Premier League

After being held to a 1-1 draw against Newcastle last time out in the Premier League, Aston Villa will be hoping to return to winning ways when they take on Tottenham on Sunday night.

Dean Smith’s side thought they had snatched all three points at St James’ Park last week thanks to an own goal from Ciaran Clark, but a late Jamaal Lascelles header ensured that the Magpies earned a draw.

Meanwhile, Spurs come into the game off the back of a disappointing exit in the Europa League in midweek, falling 3-0 to Dinamo Zagreb in the second leg of their last 16 clash.

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Smith could make some key changes to his starting line-up, with some late injury news sure to have a bearing on how he goes about things. With that in mind, here is a look at how Villa might line up when Spurs make the trip to Villa Park.

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In goal, Emi Martinez will be keen on adding to his impressive record of 14 clean sheets in the Premier League this season, which would take him above Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and into second – only Manchester City’s Ederson would be above him in the pecking order with 16 to his name.

The backline could see one key change with the return of Matty Cash. The full-back was named on the bench against Newcastle after making his recovery from injury and is surely pushing for a recall in place of the £25,000-a-week earning Ahmed Elmohamady.

Further forward, the big debate and decision for Smith is whether he throws Jack Grealish straight back into the starting line-up.

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Reports indicate that Villa are set to make a late call on the England international, but with the kind of difficult run they have endured – just three points from a possible 15 – his introduction could be the kind of lift that they need.

The other change could see Anwar El Ghazi come in for Trezeguet out wide, with Bertrand Traore confirmed as being available for the game against Spurs.

Predicted XI: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn; Traore, Grealish, El Ghazi; Watkins.

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