Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview

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Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
Barclays Premier League
Villa Park
Sunday May 6; 14:00


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Tottenham may be able to call upon Scott Parker once more after the England international missed their last two matches with an Achilles injury.


Kyle Walker broke his toe in the 4-1 win over Bolton on Wednesday but is expected to play through the pain barrier against the club he spent a loan spell with in 2011.


For Villa, their preparations for the game were rocked after three players, James Collins, Chris Herd and Fabian Delph, were involved in a nightclub brawl, while on the pitch Steven Ireland should return having overcome a hip problem.


Van der Vaart wants Boxing Day repeat


Rafael van der Vaart has called upon his Tottenham team-mates to secure a second victory over Aston Villa this season when the two teams meet on Sunday.


The Dutchman scored both goals as Spurs claimed a 2-1 win over Villa on Boxing day back in 2010, while Harry Redknapp’s men picked up a 2-0 win over the Villans this season back in November.


Van der Vaart admitted he had fond memories of the Boxing Day fixture and wants Spurs to repeat the trick in order to keep their hopes of finishing in the top four alive.


“Yes, I’ve great memories of that game,” he told Spurs’ official site. “I scored twice that day and this is another massive game. We have to win and they have to win, so it will be interesting.


“There is a lot of pressure and not just for us, but for them as well.”


He added: “There are two games to go, but it feels like there is still a long way to go.


“Newcastle won again at Chelsea, a good win for them and we are now only a point behind Arsenal, so anything is possible.


“We just have to concentrate on what we have to do at Villa.”


Meanwhile, Alex McLeish has publicly admonished the three Aston Villa players involved in a nightclub brawl on Tuesday.


Fabian Delph, Chris Herd and James Collins were all involvedin a fracas outside a Brimingham nightclub which was caught on video following the club’s annual awards dinner.


All three players were forced to apologise and fined, with Mcleish angry about the unwanted distraction ahead of their crucial showdown with Tottenham on Sunday.


"It's a slur on the club. I feel for (club owner) Randy Lerner and the fans of Aston Villa Football Club but the players need to show some respect for themselves and the football club," he said.


McLeish added: "We knew about it on Tuesday and some players broke the rules so we acted very swiftly on Tuesday. We're very disappointed.


"We won't tolerate that kind of behaviour."


Both Herd and Collins are available for selection for the game against Spurs, while Delph is currently injured. Villa sit just three points clear of the relegation zone with two games of the season remaining.


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