You’re the Boas: Pick your Tottenham team vs Aston Villa


Thankfully its back to the Premier League this weekend and Tottenham Hotspur make the trip to the Midlands on Sunday to face Aston Villa.

AVB’s side have already enjoyed success at Villa Park this season in the League Cup, but with the possible return of Christian Benteke they will pose a much tougher threat.

If you were AVB, what would your Tottenham starting XI be for the match? Leave your team selections below.

Here’s what we have come up with…


Walker Vertonghen Dawson Rose

Townsend Paulinho Dembele Lamela



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  1. I personally think dembele needs a rest he got injured on international duty and even if he is fit he has been playin average past few games and I’d personally put holtby in the holding two, he distributes the ball a lot quilters and is a far better passer and has a decent tackle on him too.


    .. Walker..Dawson….vert…rose

    ………… Paulinho….holtby……



    • Great team selection !!! Maybe replace Holtby with Sandro for starters.
      Dembele should be benched as he continues to run and dribble with the ball,
      when a quick pass was the play, causing our front runners to run offside.

    • For me this is a good starting x1 away to Villa .
      Sandro is our best central midfielder at playing deep and protecting our CBs .
      allowing Paulino to push on and link.
      If need be during the game, Dembelle can replace Paulino , Lamela can replace Lennon ,
      & Holtby or Siggi for Erikson .
      That's what our strength in depth is all about if players are not effective during the game .
      We do not need to fit players in, out of position anymore.
      Good selection John .

  2. sigurdsonis rubbish. doesn't give us any with, played into west hams hands. it was so obvious to see. I don't know which game AVB was watching?

  3. Sandro has to be playing with Dembele (best midfield partnership prior to his injury last term). Paulinho and Dembele too similar. Holtby also warrants a start, we've lacked urgency and desire and he offers both in abundance.

  4. It all depends who is fit. The back four is easy IF Rose is fit, if not Vertonghen has to play at LB with Kaboul at CB if fit or Chiriches if not. Naughton must not play under any circumstances. Sandro and Paulinho in central midfield with Holtby at '10'. Is Ade fit? If so he should play with Townsend on one side and if fit Lennon on the other, if no Lennon probably Chadli, if no Ade I guess Soldado but we have to then play to his strengths, crosses from the byline and no pumping the ball long.

  5. Lloris

    Walker Chichires Dawson Vertongen


    Townsend Paulinho Sigurdsson



    Subs to bring on if formation not working Adebayor to support Soldado and switch to 4-4-2 with one of the Cms coming off (not sandro though) as we need a DM.

  6. Sandro has to be in there, he breaks up anything he is close to and barely ever loses possession. I'd also give Chadli the nod as he's been more of a goal threat than Lamela so far:


    Walker – Dawson – Vertonghen – Rose

    Sandro – Paulinho

    Townsend – Eriksen – Chadli


  7. I would like to see: Lloris, Dawson Kaboul Vertonghen,
    Sandro, Paulinho,
    Townsend, Holtby, Eriksen, Lamela,
    We can play three at the back as most teams only play one up front, Also it gives us the chance to play our two best attacking midfielders together i.e Eriksen and Holtby,

  8. Lloris__Walker Chiriches Kaboul/Dawson Vertonghen__
    Sandro Paulinho__
    Lennon Eriksen Townsend__

    Subs Friedel Holtby Siggy Lamela Chadli Dawson/Kaboul Rose

    Must be tempting to start Holtby as he's done little wrong when on. Paulinho has to put in a shift for 90 mins as he drifts in/out of games as does Eriksen. They are finding out just how hard a league this is. Soldado should benefit having Lennon back and Townsend on the left, which will bugger up Villas preperation. Really don't know with this one as there has to be a positive reaction after the Spam debacle !!

  9. If Lennon is fit give him half hour, Swap Townsend over to the left and take Siggy off. As John says Dembele could probably do with a rest so stick Sandro in with Paulinho, Soldado up top with Erikson sitting behind, the defence and keeper is as everyone else suggests, if ever we need three points it's on Sunday! COYS

  10. The midfield four (Sandro, Capoue, Paulinho, Dembele) do not link up with Soldado. They have no idea how to pass to him. Only play one of these players if you need to kill the game off.

    Bring Chiriches and Holtby into midfield behind Erikson. This will provide creativity which Spurs are lacking. Let Townsend and Lennon swap wings throughout the game.


    .. Walker..Dawson….Vertonghen…Rose

    ………… Chiriches….holtby……



  11. Its a 4-2-3-1 formation







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