Tottenham Hotspur will look to return to winning ways when they host Aston Villa in North London on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs have dropped down to fourth after recent defeats, while the Lions are a point behind them in fifth.
Ange Postecoglou completely changed the mood at Tottenham after taking charge of the club in the summer.
The Australian boss led his side to an excellent start, beating the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool to remain at the top for several weeks.
Postecoglou’s men played well but suffered a big blow when both Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie were sent off. Nicolas Jackson scored a hat-trick and the visitors won 4-1.
To add to their troubles, the Lilywhites went on to suffer another disappointing loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Spurs were on course for a comfortable victory as they were leading the game 1-0 until the stoppage-time.
But a late twist saw Pablo Sarabia and Mario Lemina scoring to fire the Wanderers to a thrilling 2-1 success.
Unai Emery’s men bounced back at Villa Park after a surprising 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest earlier this month.
The Lions cruised past the Cottagers after an own-goal from Antonee Robinson and strikes in either half from John McGinn and Ollie Watkins.
After a seventh-place finish last season, they are now on course for another excellent top-flight campaign.
With eight wins from 12 matches, Emery’s side are currently sitting fifth in the Premier League table.
Tottenham star James Maddison is not expected to return to action before the new year. His teammate Micky van de Ven will also miss the remainder of the calendar year due to a severe hamstring issue. Meanwhile, Richarlison, Ryan Sessegnon, Alfie Whiteman, Ivan Perisic and Manor Solomon are also nursing injuries at the moment.
As for Aston Villa, Tyrone Mings and Emiliano Buendia remain sidelined as they are recovering from knee injuries. But Jacob Ramsey could return to the matchday squad after showing good recovery.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa Potential Line-ups
Tottenham Hotspur: Vicario; Porro, Dier, Davies, Udogie; Hojbjerg, Skipp, Bentancur; Kulusevski, Son, Johnson
Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Torres, Digne; McGinn, Kamara, Luiz, Bailey; Diaby, Watkins
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa prediction
A few weeks ago we would have backed Tottenham for victory, but things have recently changed for Postecoglou’s men who suffered back-to-back defeats before the international break.
Villa got back on track with a 3-1 victory over Fulham, and though getting a good result in North London will be difficult, we believe Emery’s side will prevail in the end.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Aston Villa
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