Tottenham Hotspur are enjoying another season of progression under popular head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Although the Lilywhites' sub-par performance (and subsequent exit) in the Champions League will no doubt have been cause for concern for the Argentinian boss, he will be happy with his side's battling performances in the fight for another top four finish this term.
Prior to their midweek clash with title favourites Chelsea, the Lilywhites won four league games on the bounce and they were racking up the goals in the process too, with a total of 13 in those four, including comprehensive away wins over Watford and Southampton in their last two. With confidence in the Spurs squad high, the home win looks likely here.
Aston Villa's season has been something of a rollercoaster already. Following a devastatingly poor attempt at avoiding relegation from the Premier League last year, the Villain's appeared to be stuck in a losing rut in the start of the current campaign under Roberto Di Matteo, but the ex-Chelsea and Schalke boss didn't last long before being replaced by Steve Bruce.
The ex-Manchester United defender comes to Villa Park with plenty of experience of winning promotion from this division with the likes of Birmingham City and Hull City and he's steadied the ship somewhat since his arrival. Promotion this term may be too much of an ask, so perhaps he'll be hoping for a cup run, starting with a win here.
Tottenham should have the quality to breeze to a win in this game. Aston Villa have been improved under Bruce, but they're still struggling for consistency and the likes of Cardiff City, Norwich City and Leeds United have managed home victories against the Villains in the last couple of months, so Tottenham shouldn't really face any problems in this fixture.
With Premier League glory admittedly unlikely and Tottenham out of the EFL Cup, Pochettino may be targeting the FA Cup as a potential means of his first silverware with the club this season. With the quality they possess in their squad, Spurs should have no problems in picking up a few goals en route to an easy win here.
Dutch striker Vincent Janssen will be hoping for a starting chance in this game. The former AZ Alkmaar man has not had the easiest of starts to life in English football and after a spell on the sidelines he'll be keen to impress if given the chance to shine in this game.