Hello and welcome to football.london’s live coverage of Tottenham’s crunch top-four clash against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

It really is a huge day for both clubs as they aim to secure a place in the Champions League for next campaign.

Aston Villa, as things stand, currently lead the way for fourth due to their five-point advantage over Spurs going into the business end of the season.

However, an awful lot can change over the next two months, especially if Tottenham manage to record all three points in the Midlands later today.

It promises to be a fascinating 90 minutes at Villa Park and we, as ever, will be keeping you updated with everything going on at the game.

You can follow all the build-up and action live in the Midlands with our Tottenham reporters Alasdair Gold and Rob Guest below.

Rob Guest

Ange on what Tottenham need this summer

Ange Postecoglou has made quite the start as Tottenham Hotspur head coach.

Getting the team back on track and in contention for a Champions League spot after failing to qualify for Europe last season, there is certainly much more to come from the Australian’s side as they look to build for a very bright future in the capital.

Making a statement in the last two transfer windows, all eyes will be on the north London club in the summer as they aim to further strengthen their squad.

Ahead of today’s game at Villa Park, Postecoglou opened up on what is needed in the summer if he is to take Tottenham to the next level and he also explained why they won’t buy a £100m player.

Read here.

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou watches on as his side face Crystal Palace (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Rob Guest

Johnson’s big role

Brennan Johnson has made quite the impact off the substitutes’ bench for Tottenham in recent weeks.

Last weekend’s win over Crystal Palace was a prime example as he got two assists to his name after teeing up Timo Werner and Son Heung-min in his 27 minutes on the pitch.

Perhaps not the Spurs role he wants at present as he would prefer to be starting games, the 22-year-old can be a huge weapon off the bench for Postecoglou and Tottenham if he is to remain a substitute for the time being.

Read here.

Brennan Johnson in action as Ange Postecoglou looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace

Rob Guest

Aston Villa vs Tottenham match scenarios

Today’s game at Villa Park could have quite the say on the top-four race come the end of the season.

As things stand, Aston Villa lead the way for fourth due to their five-point lead over Tottenham but Ange Postecoglou’s men do still have a game in hand to come.

It really is a match Spurs cannot afford to lose or else they will have a mountain to climb in what remains of the season.

Ahead of this afternoon’s mouth-watering encounter, here we take a look at the different match scenarios facing Tottenham and what it would mean for their Champions League hopes.

Read here.

Ange Postecoglou and Unai Emery shared a moment come the full-time whistle following Aston Villa’s win over Tottenham (Image: Robin Jones/Getty Images)

Rob Guest

Reporters pick Tottenham XI

So who will Ange Postecoglou select in his Tottenham XI for today’s game at Villa Park?

Does Brennan Johnson come in after an excellent showing off the bench against Crystal Palace or do Dejan Kulusevski and Timo Werner continue on the flanks?

There is also a decision to be made in midfield with Pape Matar Sarr pushing for a start after his time on the bench last weekend.

Our Tottenham reporters at football.london have made their team selections for the Aston Villa match right here.

Brennan Johnson celebrates scoring his first Tottenham Hotspur goal with Pedro Porro during the Premier League match at Molineux

Rob Guest

Aston Villa vs Tottenham odds

Aston Villa vs Tottenham match odds

Aston Villa – 13/10

Draw – 21/10

Tottenham – 7/5

Odds via Betfair

Dejan Kulusevski was in top form during Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa (Image: Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Rob Guest

Predicted team

Ange Postecoglou has a couple of decisions to make in regards to his Tottenham team to take on Aston Villa.

A change in midfield could take place as Pape Matar Sarr will be pushing for a starting spot after dropping down to the bench last Saturday against Crystal Palace.

The head coach then must decide if Brennan Johnson comes into the XI after his excellent cameo against the Eagles.

Our man Alasdair Gold has named his predicted team right here.

Brennan Johnson has played a big role off the bench in Tottenham’s recent home games (Image: Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Rob Guest

Tottenham and Aston Villa fixtures compared

Today’s game in the Midlands could have a huge say on who finishes the 2023/24 Premier League season in the final Champions League position.

While of course nothing will be decided by 3pm this afternoon as there is still an awful lot of football on the calendar to be played, it is a game Tottenham really cannot afford to lose.

Here is who both sides have to play in the run-in following today’s encounter at Villa Park.

Read here.

Rob Guest

Every word from Ange

Ange Postecoglou was in front of the media on Friday to preview the Premier League game against Aston Villa.

Quizzed on Pedro Porro’s fitness, Brennan Johnson, Timo Werner and Matty Cash, the Spurs boss was also asked about Unai Emery’s impressive Villa side.

If indeed you missed what Postecoglou had to say in his press conference then fear not as we have a full transcript right here.

Ange Postecoglou has been speaking to the media ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League match at Aston Villa

Rob Guest

TV channel

Tottenham fans not travelling to the Midlands to watch today’s game at Villa Park will still be able to watch all the action live on TV in the UK.

Sky Sports main event and Sky Sports Premier League is the place to be, with coverage commencing at 1pm.

Alternatively, you can stick with us right here in our live blog for updates from the crunch encounter at Villa Park.

Tottenham’s game against Aston Villa could prove pivotal in the battle for Champions League football (Image: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Rob Guest

Welcome

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Tottenham’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa.

Keep with us over the next few hours as we bring you all the latest ahead of the 1pm kick-off in the Midlands.

Stay tuned!