Tottenham Hotspur take on Aston Villa today at White Hart Lane in a rare Monday night match for Spurs. The direction of these two clubs couldn't be more different: Tottenham are unbeaten in their last nine league matches, with their only loss coming at Old Trafford in week 1.
Villa, by contrast, sold best players Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke this summer, and unsurprisingly were terrible under now-former manager Tim Sherwood. The Villains are now mired at the bottom of the Premier League table and are desperately hoping that new manager Remi Garde, who may attend today's match in the stands, can keep Villa up.
Spurs are at home and riding a hot streak. On paper, Tottenham are obvious favorites to win. But matches aren't played on paper, and Tottenham can't afford to let off at all if they want to continue to push for a place in the top four. A win today puts them in fifth, just three points out of third, and perhaps more importantly establishes momentum going into a critical home Europa League match against Anderlecht on Thursday and the North London Derby on Sunday.
#THFC team: Lloris (c), Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Alli, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane. #COYS https://t.co/v66T8dNAGO— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 2, 2015
Subs: Vorm, Davies, Fazio, Trippier, Mason, Onomah, Townsend #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 2, 2015
Team news: Confirmed #AVFC side to face #THFC this evening, kick-off 8pm. #TOTAVL pic.twitter.com/BW3XaH04KY— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) November 2, 2015
How to Watch
Date/time: Monday, November 2, 8:00 p.m. (UK), 3:00 p.m. ET (USA)
Venue: White Hart Lane, London, UK
Official: Mike Dean
TV: NBCSN (USA), Sky Sports 1 (UK), Sportsnet World (Canada), Fox Sports 4 (Australia), other listings at livesoccertv.com
Streaming: NBCS Live Extra (USA), Now TV UK [Sky], Sky Go (UK)
Radio: Audio streamed at tottenhamhotspur.com, also BBC Radio London and TalkSport
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