Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to claw themselves back into the Premier League title race when they travel to play Aston Villa in Birmingham on Sunday. Mauricio Pochettino's side headed into the weekend only five points adrift of league leaders Leicester City, and still with a great chance of lifting the English top flight trophy for the first time since 1961. They'll certainly be expecting to record a victory over Villa, despite Spurs having won only two of their last seven in all competitions.
That's partly because Pochettino has been strategically resting players in games deemed to be of lesser importance (see midweek's 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League), but also because Villa are just not good at all. The Midlanders sit rock bottom of the table, and need to overhaul a nine-point deficit if they're to avoid relegation. To put it another way, Villa need to win more times over the final few games than they've managed all season to this point.
Key player: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Despite appearances, Harry Kane is much more than a lumbering target man. Spurs can rely on the England international to bail them out of trouble with sublime moments of individual brilliance, and there's no doubt that the 22-year-old has now established himself among Europe's top young talents. However, he's not been at his prolific best recently, and has scored only twice in his last eight. Villa will be hoping he's not back to full form when Spurs hit town.
Spurs have relished recent trips to Villa Park, having won there on each of their last four trips. Indeed, they've been pretty good against Villa in general, with their only defeat to the Midlands outfit since 2008 having come last April, when the then-Villa manager Tim Sherwood managed to get one over on his old club. Ouch.
Aston Villa injuries and suspensions
Out: Jack Grealish (ankle); Carlos Sánchez (hamstring); Jordan Amavi (knee). In doubt: Libor Kozák (ankle).
Tottenham Hotspur injuries and suspensions
Out: Clinton N'Jie, Jan Vertonghen (knee). In doubt: Dele Alli (ankle and knee); Danny Rose (calf)
Villa will be without young fullback Amavi, who is probably out for the remainder of the season. Midfield anchorman Sánchez and young attacker Grealish are also definitely unavailable through injury. Striker Kozák faces a fitness test after an ankle injury.
Spurs will still be without their relatively long-term injured duo of defender Vertonghen and striker N'Jie. Coach Pochettino may well take this opportunity to give midfield starlet Alli another rest after he was omitted from the Dortmund defeat, while fullback Rose will be hoping to return after a calf injury.
Match date/time: Sunday, Noon ET, 4 p.m. local
Venue: Villa Park, London
TV: Telemundo (US - Spanish); TSN (Canada)
Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (US - English); NBC Deportes En Vivo Extra (US - Spanish)