Aston Villa host Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park in the Premier League on Sunday with their opponents knowing that three points will increase the pressure on their title rivals.
Spurs are currently five points adrift of leaders Leicester City and three clear of third-placed Arsenal, and will cut that gap down to two for 24 hours at least with the Foxes playing on Monday night.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will demand a reaction from his side, who were comfortably beaten 3-0 in the Europa League by Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night.
Villa’s season looks to be a lost cause and has done so for a while – the Midlands outfit are nine points adrift of safety with just three wins so far and only nine games remaining.
Remi Garde’s side have lost their last four outings in the league, conceding 15 times in the process – their defence is the worst in the division overall, with the ball going into their net on 55 occasions.
The North Londoners were victorious the last time they met at White Hart Lane earlier this campaign, with Harry Kane’s brace helping them to a 3-1 victory.
Villa have no new injury or suspension concerns – although Jack Grealish, Carlos Sanchez, Jordan Amavi, Adama Traore and Libor Kozak all remain absent.
Meanwhile Pochettino is expected to make wholesale changes after resting seven first-team players against Dortmund in midweek, and could be boosted by the returns of midfielders Dele Alli and Eric Dier.
Left-back Danny Rose is rated 50-50 to feature, but centre-half Jan Vertonghen will be sidelined for another month.
League Positions: Aston Villa – 20th (16 pts); Tottenham Hotspur – 2nd (55 pts)
Previous Meeting: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Aston Villa (Premier League – 2nd November 2015)
Form: Aston Villa – LWLLLL; Tottenham Hotspur – WWWWLD
Key Men: Aston Villa – Jordan Ayew; Tottenham Hotspur – Harry Kane
Shoot Says: Aston Villa 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur