Fresh from the big London derby win against league leaders Chelsea in midweek, Tottenham Hotspur host Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon at White Hart Lane. The cup game comes at a near-perfect time for Spurs as it gives Pochettino the opportunity to give some of his key players an extended recovery time from their recent win on Wednesday night.
Tale of The Tape:
The confidence and momentum for Spurs is gradually building up as Pochettino’s side picked up their fifth win on the trot whilst inflicting a first loss for Chelsea in thirteen league games – stalling the league leaders in their pursuit for the league title, whilst presenting themselves and other teams around them with much needed hope in the race for the title.
Aston Villa on the other hand have recently been inconsistent in their last set of fixtures having only won two of their last five games in the Championship.
Spurs have beaten Villa six times in the FA Cup – in four of those occasions, the Lilywhites went on to win the final at Wembley.
Erik Lamela has traveled to Rome to continue his recovery from injury and Pochettino revealed in his press conference on Friday that the Argentine should be ready in ‘the next few weeks to join the group.’ Other than that, Pochettino has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Mile Jedinak has overcome illness and should return in midfield for Steve Bruce’s side. There could also be an Aston Villa debut in goal for loan signing Sam Johnstone, who has joined from Manchester United.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Vorm; Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies; Winks, Wanyama; Son, Eriksen, N’Koudou; Janssen
Predicted Aston Villa XI:
Johnstone; Hutton, Chester, Baker, Amavi; Gardner, Westwood, Adomah, Grealish; Bacuna, McCormack
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Aston Villa