Tottenham v Aston Villa: Premier League – live | premier league

Key events

Dejan Kulusevski is absent due to a muscle problem contracted in training. He is expected to undergo a CT scan tomorrow and Conte hopes he only misses one game.

“How is Cristian Romero in the squad today?” asks Alec Boucher. “Surely he’s still nursing the biggest hangover in the world?” Also, Gil gets a rare start but expect him to be hung on 39 minutes when Spurs go 0-2 as has been our custom of late. Nice to Pape Sarr and Djed bench.”

Romero is just a committed professional.

Unai Emery is back in North London. He had a somewhat disappointing spell as Arsene Wenger’s successor. He has won half of his four games in charge of Villa and will see how close his side are to being able to challenge the top six.

Naturally, there is another Premier League game after this one. Here is my look at Forest and the year ahead.

Bryan Gil gets his first Premier League start for Spurs since joining the club in 2021. He’s only 21, so he has time to develop and flourish under Antonio Conte. Today would be a good time to show what he can offer.

How was your Premier League in the first half of the season? We asked the fans.

Emi Martinez is left on the bench for Villa but Cristian Romero leaves for Spurs. Go figure.

Never forget. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

Starting lineups

Tottenham (3-4-3): Loris; Romero, Lenglet, Davies; Doherty, Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Perisic; Gil, Kane, Son

Subtitles: Forster, Dier, Tanganga, Sanchez, Sessegnon, Emerson Royal, Spence, Sarr, Skipp

Villa Aston (4-3-3): Olsen; Young, Konsa, Mings, Worthy; McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Kamara; Buendia, Watkins, Bailey

Subtitles: Martinez, Cash, Sanson, Ings, Chambers, Augustinsson, Bednarek, Coutinho, Archer


Good year! I hope you’ve all set your resolutions for 2023. Harry Kane admits his is the same every year: to improve. That’s a good idea, but at some point he’ll regress, so he should just cut back on sugar or something.

We have, in theory, a replay of the World Cup final with Hugo Lloris in one goal and Emi Martinez at the other end trying to control his urge to sexualise his goalkeeper gloves. Let’s also not forget that Cristian Romero is available for Antonio Conte. It’s a slightly different setting to Qatar and we might not get the suspense of the final, but I’m optimistic of a decent game.

Villa were turned over by Liverpool when they returned to the Premier League, so they will be hoping to kick off the second half of the season under Unai Emery today, but that’s easier said than done.

Spurs have won 12 of the last 14 meetings between the two teams, a sign of their dominance in this game. They struggle for consistency under Conte, summed up perfectly by their nil return to Brentford on Boxing Day.

Both parties will be looking to start the year with a bang. Hope it’s a cracker!

Kick off: 2:00 p.m. GMT

theguardian Gt

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.
Back to top button