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Romero To Start, Kane Returns | Predicted 4-3-3 Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Vs Aston Villa

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking for their first Premier League win in three games as they lock horns with Aston Villa on Sunday. The Lilywhites won’t be short of confidence after a 5-1 rout over NS Mura in midweek, but things are bound to get much more challenging when they take on the Villans, who are already coming on the back of a 1-0 victory over Manchester United last weekend.

Predicted Tottenham Lineup Vs Aston Villa

Defence

Following the shambolic display against Arsenal, Nuno Espirito Santo might want to rejig his defensive unit. Cristian Romero, for one, is a favourite to retain his place at the heart of the backline, most likely alongside Eric Dier. However, both Davinson Sanchez and Joe Rodon are also in contention to start.

At right-back, Nuno does have three options in Emerson Royal, Matt Doherty and Japhet Tanganga. The latter has been the first-choice option in the league matches and we are expecting him to retain his place in the side.

Sergio Reguilon, meanwhile, remains a favourite to retain his role at left-back. It was a surprise to see him starting in midweek’s Conference League matchup against Mura in the first place.

There will be a change in goal, though, with the new signing Pierluigi Gollini making way for the experienced figure of Hugo Lloris.

Predicted Tottenham Lineup Vs Aston Villa - Romero to start.
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 26: Cristian Romero of Tottenham Hotspur warms up prior to the UEFA Conference League Play-Offs Leg Two match between Tottenham Hotspur and Pacos de Ferreira at on August 26, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Midfield

Nuno is set to make changes in the midfield department. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is tipped to return in his favoured number six role, at the expense of Harry Winks.

Alongside the Dane, the onus of offering more assurance and support in the middle of the park will be on Oliver Skipp. The youngster has lost his way a bit after a promising start to the campaign. He will be hoping to get back to form, as he starts in midfield alongside Hojbjerg and Dele Alli.

Attack

Indeed, Alli’s performance against Mura will get him the nod ahead of Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele in the number ten role. As for the remainder of the attacking unit, Harry Kane should return to spearhead the Tottenham frontline. The Englishman is still looking for his first goal of the Premier League season.

Son Heung-Min, too, is set to return. The South Korean international is expected to form the wide attacking duo with Lucas Moura as they hope to breach the lines of the Aston Villa defence this weekend.

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