Premier League: Tottenham host Aston Villa hoping to stay in contention for a European spot

Sixth placed Spurs will be desperate for a victory to keep their European dreams alive whereas eighth placed Everton will be looking to grab a Europa Conference League spot with a final burst.

Tottenham Hotspur host Aston Villa on Wednesday; Credit: Twitter/@Spurs_India
By Sreejith C R | May 18, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


Tottenham Hotspur host Aston Villa on Wednesday in their last home game of the season. It might also be the last home game for their prolific striker and captain Harry Kane, who has expressed his desire to leave the club. Spurs are currently placed sixth in the points table with 59 points, five points adrift top four with just two games remaining. Tottenham’s chances of securing a Champions League spot are bleak but are well in contention for Europa League qualification.

Tottenham are coming into the match on the back of a 2-0 win against Wolves on Sunday. Interim coach Rayon Mason’s side have won three of their last four matches. The home side don’t have any fresh injury concerns and therefore will most likely continue with the same line-up as against Wolves. Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld will pair at the central defence and shield the goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who scored the secod goal against Wolves last weekend will partner Giovani Lo Celso in the midfield, while Harry Winks is also pushing for a start.

Gareth Bale, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane will be the front three. Kane netted his 22nd goal of the season in the previous match against Wolves and will be looking to score in his, probably the last game with the Lillywhites at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Aston Villa on the other hand might welcome back their talisman Jack Grealish into the starting line-up. The English midfielder came back form injury and made a 30-minute cameo in  Aston Villa’s 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace last weekend.

25-year old Ollie Watkins is likely to lead the Villa attack. The English striker has scored 13 goals and provided five assists in the Premier League so far. His relentless running and goal scoring abilities had earned him an England call up earlier. Dean Smith’s side will be looking to spoil Tottenham’s European dreams on Wednesday.

Everton host Wolves

In another match of the day, Everton will host Wolves. Carlo Ancelotti’s side is eighth in the points table with 56 points from 36 games. The Toffies lost their previous game against relegated Sheffield United 1-0. Wolves are 12th in the points table with 45 points from 36 games.

English champions Manchester City winning the League Cup and third placed Leicester City lifting the FA Cup means that England’s Europa Conference League spot will be awarded to the 7th-place finisher in the League. Everton, Arsenal and even Leeds are in contention for a 7th –place finish.



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