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Predicted Tottenham XI vs Aston Villa: England star available after injury lay-off

Tottenham Hotspur begin a hectic run of three games in seven days this evening when Aston Villa visit White Hart Lane.

Spurs, who face Anderlecht and Arsenal later in the week, can move above West Ham United into fifth place – and nine points clear of Chelsea – in the Premier League table by beating struggling Villa.

With such a busy period ahead, head coach Mauricio Pochettino has plenty to think about in terms of team selection.

Here’s how we expect Spurs to start against Villa…

GK: Hugo Lloris

After missing the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on the opening day, Lloris has played every minute of every Premier League game this season. Spurs are unbeaten in the 10 league matches in which the Frenchman has featured.

RB: Kyle Walker

The former Villa loanee seems to have put last year’s fitness problems behind him. He has started all 10 of Tottenham’s league games so far, looking strong and sharp.

LB: Danny Rose

Rose was Tottenham’s first-choice left-back last season, but he has had to battle hard with Ben Davies for that spot this term. However, Rose has started the last two league games, so it is likely he will continue in the no.3 role.

CB: Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen

The Belgian pair have formed a strong partnership this season, linking up in every league match. The former Ajax teammates are one of the main reasons Spurs have conceded just eight goals – the joint-fewest in England’s top division.

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen

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