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Aston Villa v Tottenham: Predicted line-ups

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Tottenham face a difficult 3rd round Capital One Cup tie against Aston Villa at Villa Park tonight, little more than 48 hours after their 1-0 win against Cardiff.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has bemoaned the fact that his players are being put in danger thanks to the fixture list which will see them play their third game in just six days.

With that in mind the Portuguese coach is expected to rest many of the players who featured at the Cardiff City Stadium and use the full extent of his squad.

Danny Rose, Aaron Lennon, Etiene Capoue and Nacer Chadli are all out of the game through injury, while Jermain Defoe is a major doubt having been unfit to take a place on the bench on Sunday.

That means the likes of Zeki Fryers and Harry Kane should make rare starts while players who featured against both Tromso and Cardiff are likely to sit this one out where possible.

Villa manager Paul Lambert has also admitted that he will be prioritising the Premier League over the League Cup and is likely to also field an experimental line-up. With ten players out through injury and a desire to rest key men, Villa's starting XI is difficult to predict.

Tottenham predicted line-up: Brad Friedel, Kyle Naughton, Michael Dawson, Vlad Chiriches, Zeki Fryers, Sandro, Paulinho, Lewis Holtby, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane

Aston Villa predicted line-up: Brad Guzan, Joe Bennett, Ron Vlaar, Nathan Baker, Matt Lowton, Leandro Bacuna, Aleksander Tonev, Yacouba Sylla, Andreas Weimann, Nicklaus Helenius, Libor Kozak

Match prediction: Aston Villa 1-0 Tottenham

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