Tottenham vs Aston Villa LIVE
Premier League 2019/20 season

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Kick-off time: 5:30pm BST, today

Tottenham start the season at home for the first time in almost a decade today as Aston Villa come to town looking for a big-name scalp.

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lamela, Lucas, Kane. 

Aston Villa XI: Heaton, Elmohamady, Mings, Engels, Taylor, McGinn, Hourihane, Trezeguet, Grealish, El Ghazi, Wesley. 

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20 mins; Trezeguet chance!

 

Lamela goes to sleep and allows the Egyptian winger to ghost in behind him. Engels picks out the pass over the top and after cutting inside, it’s a crucial block from Alderweireld to deny the debutant.

 

That could have easily been 2-0!


17 mins: The home supporters appeal furiously for a penalty after Kane goes down with Mings following an aerial collision, but referee Chris Kavanagh is unmoved by their claims.


15 mins: Spurs have responded well to going behind and Villa are now camped on the edge of their box. 

 

If it carries on like this, you have to think Tottenham will find a way through.

ES COVERAGE


Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

 

“Composure and a finish of Premier League quality from McGinn but that was far too easy for Villa. Spurs missed Vertonghen, as Sanchez was distracted by Wesley as the long ball came forward hopefully from left-back.”


GOAL

 

9 mins: It’s shambolic defending from Tottenham as Mings sends a long ball over the top. Sanchez is outmuscled by Wesley and McGinn races in behind to control it well.

 

Despite the best efforts of Rose, the Scot places his effort into the far corner although Lloris got a finger to it.

 

What a start for the newly-promoted side – and Spurs have work to do.

 

GOAL!


GOAL! | Tottenham 0-1 Aston Villa | John McGinn 9′

 

Against the run of play, McGinn beats Lloris with a low finish! 

 


5 mins: Chance for Lucas Moura!

 

Villa have looked very shaky at the back in these early moments and nearly pay the price for it.

 

Sissoko lays it off to Rose and the left-back whips in a deep cross to Lucas, who moves in between Mings and Taylor so they don’t know who’s marking him. The Brazilian gets his head to it without a challenge but aims it straight at Heaton.

TACTICS


Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

 

“Spurs are starting in a 4-4-2 diamond. Moussa Sissoko left, Tanguy Ndombele right – the opposite of pre-season.”


1 min: Disastrous start from Villa and nearly a dream one for Spurs with just 16 seconds on the clock as Lucas Moura disposseses Ahmad Elmohamady and advances towards goal. He cuts inside but off balance, fires over the bar.

KICK OFF


KICK OFF

 

We’re underway at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium!


A minute’s applause for the late Justin Edinburgh, the former Spurs defender who died at the age of 49.


The players are out on the pitch and it’s pretty much a full house here in north London.

 

We’re moments away from kick-off!

ES COVERAGE


Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

 

“The sun is shining on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but the omission of Jan Vertonghen from the 18 has cast a small cloud over proceedings, with Pochettino insisting the Belgian is not injured.

 

“Vertonghen is one of three players in the final year of his contract and another, Christian Eriksen, is only among the subs. In sunnier news, Spurs have just paraded new signings Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon on the pitch, to a warm reception.”


Pochettino explains to Sky Sports why he has left out Jan Vertonghen…

 

“It’s a decision. You take decisions as a manager.

 

“We decide for different reasons that we will play Davinson [Sanchez] and Toby [Alderweireld] and then Serge [Aurier] on the bench can play in two sides and [Eric] Dier can play centre-back too.

 

“It’s impossible to find a place for every player.”


Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso have been presented in front of the Tottenham fans.

 

How long will it be until we see these two in action?

 


It’s the first time that first game of the season has been played in their new stadium and Tottenham will be eager to kickstart the campaign in the right way.

 

Pochettino has gone a little bit cautious with a 4-3-3, rather than 4-2-3-1, as he deploys Ndomblele alongside Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko in the midfield.


With Heung-min Son suspended, Dele Alli injured and Christian Eriksen on the bench, it’s a huge chance for Lucas Moura to impress Mauricio Pochettino today.

 

Not that the Brazilian will have much to do in that area after his Champions League heroics and signing a new long-term contract this week.

 

But it’s fair to say the 27-year-old is not a regular starter in this Spurs team. Despite that, he managed 10 Premier League goals for Spurs last season –  a tally only bettered by Son and Harry Kane. 

 

Against a Villa team with almost an entire line-up of new signings, Lucas will be hoping to tear apart a team that is almost certainly still gelling.

TACTICS


Tanguy Ndombele will make his full debut for Tottenham this evening as their Premier League campaign kicks off against Aston Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Sadium.

 

But there are some notable absentees for Spurs.

Jan Vertonghen was not included in the starting line-up against Aston Villa.

The Belgium international was ruled out through injury, with Davinson Sanchez coming in, while deadline-day signings Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon were not involved. Christian Eriksen was also named on the bench.

Villa handed debuts to four players as Tom Heaton, Bjorn Engels, Trezeguet and Wesley all got the nod.

TACTICS


Confirmed team news

 

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lamela, Lucas, Kane. 

Substitutes: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Dier, Skipp, Wanyama, Eriksen, Nkoudou

Aston Villa XI: Heaton, Elmohamady, Mings, Engels, Taylor, McGinn, Hourihane, Trezeguet, Grealish, El Ghazi, Wesley. 

Substitutes: Douglas Luiz, Lansbury, Steer, Konsa, Targett, Jota, Kodjia.


How the sides could line-up tonight

 

Tottenham XI: Lloris; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Ndombele, Sissoko, Winks; Lucas, Eriksen; Kane

Aston Villa XI: Heaton; Guilbert, Mings, Engels, Targett; Hourihane, McGinn, Grealish; Jota, El Ghazi, Wesley

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Tottenham vs Aston Villa team news and predicted lineups

Heung-min Son and Juan Foyth, though injured, are suspended for the first two games of the season, while Dele Alli is out until September with a thigh injury.

Ben Davies is still some weeks away from a return after undergoing surgery on a groin complaint, but Serge Aurier, Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama are all back in training.

Villa have small concerns over Jed Steer (calf), Anwar El Ghazi (knock) and Ezri Konsa (thigh) but all three should make the matchday squad.

James Chester is absent with a hamstring issue, however.

Tottenham XI: Lloris; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Sissoko, Ndombele; Winks, Lucas, Eriksen; Kane

Aston Villa XI: Heaton; Guilbert, Mings, Engels, Targett; Hourihane, McGinn, Grealish; Jota, El Ghazi, Wesley


Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa

Spurs should have enough to see off Aston Villa. Harry Kane has looked very sharp during pre-season and will be keen to banish any thoughts of an August hoodoo.

Villa have looked good themselves in the lead up to the big kick-off with a 100 per cent record in close-season games, but wholesale changes to the squad will need time to settle.


TV channel and live stream information

The match will be televised live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD, and is available via NOW TV with a 10-month season ticket on offer for £199.

Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.

You can follow all the action and analysis on Standard Sport’s LIVE blog with Dan Kilpatrick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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