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By Emma Sanders

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  1. Post update

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (14:00 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    It's on the radio! Build-up is already underway now.

  2. 'You're held to a different standard'

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (14:00 GMT)

    Tom Heaton

    Aston Villa and England goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 live

    On the pressures of being England’s number one:

    When you're England's number one, you're held to a different standard to the other keepers. When you're a striker, if you miss three chances but score a goal then everyone says how good the goal was. When you're a keeper, you can make three world-class saves and let one in, and that's what they'll talk about. It comes with the territory, it's no surprise when that scrutiny comes when you're England's number one. Pickford knows that, he's aware of it and he'll be able to deal with it.

  3. Early team news

    Arsenal v Newcastle (16:30 GMT)

    Arsenal could welcome back several players, with defender Sead Kolasinac and midfielder Reiss Nelson in contention following thigh injuries.

    New signing Cedric Soares, who arrived from Southampton with a knee issue, will not return to full training until the end of February.

    Newcastle are still missing a raft of senior players, although Joelinton and Miguel Almiron are expected to return.

    Yoshinori Muto and Dwight Gayle will be assessed but Andy Carroll remains out.

  4. Post update


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    Video caption: Stuck in the mud! Portadown's bizarre goal in Storm Dennis
  5. 'Villa need to be more compact'

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (14:00 GMT)

    Alex Scott

    Ex-England international on Football Focus

    Villa concede too many shots on target, I think it is 17 on average per game. They are too open. They need to find a way to be more compact and stop conceding so many shots on target.

  6. BreakingTeam news

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (14:00 GMT)

    Aston Villa XI

    Aston Villa manager Dean Smith makes two changes from the side that started their 2-1 Premier League defeat at Bournemouth on 1 February.

    Tyrone Mings is missing while Marvelous Nakamba drops to the bench. Bjorn Engels and Danny Drinkwater both start.

    Aston Villa XI: Reina, Konsa, Hause, Engels, Guilbert, Drinkwater, Luiz, Grealish, El Ghazi, Targett, Samatta

    Subs: Nyland, Taylor, Nakamba, Hourihane, Trezeguet, Baston, El Mohamady

    Spurs XI

    Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho makes two changes to the side that started their 2-0 win over Manchester City in their last Premier League game on 2 February.

    Ben Davies and Eric Dier both start as Giovani Lo Celso and Japhet Tanganga drop to the bench.

    Tottenham XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Dier, Alli, Bergwijn, Heung-min, Moura

    Subs: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Skipp, Fernandes, Tanganga

  7. Random stat...

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (14:00 GMT)

    The stat you never thought you needed.

    Aston Villa's seven Premier League victories this season have come on six different days of the week, with Sunday the exception. They could become just the second team in English top-flight history to win a league game on all seven days of the week within the same season, emulating Spurs in 1986-87.

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  9. 'We are smelling opportunity'

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (14:00 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho says his Tottenham side are among at least five clubs "smelling the opportunity" to finish in the Champions League spots.

    Spurs are sixth in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

    Speaking to BBC One's Football Focus, Mourinho said: "First of all, I see much more clubs than people think.

    "Sometimes it looks like, because Chelsea are the fourth and sometimes Tottenham is in fifth and Manchester United are the sixth, we are smelling the opportunity.

    "I think people forget there are big contenders - Wolves, Sheffield United, Manchester United, even Arsenal, so it's not just about what's the distance between us and Chelsea."

  10. 'Wind is a bit of a killer'

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (14:00 GMT)

    Tom Heaton

    Aston Villa and England goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 live

    Rain you can deal with, hail too, but wind affects everything.

    It makes everything a bit more awkward and you have to react to it. It's a bit of a killer.

  11. Flooding issues at Villa Park

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (14:00 GMT)

    Here are some of the pictures that have come through of the area surrounding Villa Park ahead of today's game.

    Don't forget to bring your armbands!

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    Kyle: The race for 5th could be big and just as exciting as 4th. If Newcastle win today and it wouldn't surprise me with the way Arsenal have played, and the fact we have already beaten Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United, and Spurs don't win then we are 5 points off 5th.

  13. How the table looks

    Tottenham are currently in sixth place, four points behind Chelsea in fourth going into today's game.

    They would leapfrog Sheffield United with victory at Villa Park.

    Arsenal are down in 11th, six points behind their north London rivals and 10 points off fourth spot. They could break into the top 10 with a win today.

  14. What happened yesterday?

    Liverpool's unstoppable charge towards their first top-flight title in 30 years carried on as they edged a narrow victory over bottom-of-the-table Norwich.

    Sadio Mane came off the bench to score the winner with 12 minutes remaining, meaning Liverpool need just five more wins from their remaining 12 games.

    They have dropped just two points all campaign, and lie a mammoth 25 points clear of champions Manchester City.

    Match report - Norwich 0-1 Liverpool


    Earlier on Saturday, Matej Vydra's superb goal boosted Burnley's hopes of playing in Europe for the second time in three years as they won a weather-affected game at Southampton.

    The result lifted the Clarets up to 10th, five points behind Sheffield United in fifth.

    Match report - Southampton 1-2 Burnley

  15. Early team news

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (14:00 GMT)

    Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa is likely to keep his place after overcoming the thigh problem that forced him off against Bournemouth.

    Danny Drinkwater has recovered from the calf injury that caused him to miss that match.

    Tottenham defender Ben Davies is back for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in November.

    Giovani Lo Celso is fit again but Erik Lamela faces a fitness test and Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko remain out.

  16. Post update

    Aston Villa v Tottenham (14:00 GMT)

    Storm Dennis had a slight impact on conditions yesterday and he's already made an entrace in Birmingham.

    There's flooding around Villa Park and it doesn't look like a fun day to be outside!

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  17. Post update

    Two games yesterday, two games today.

    It's all about the battle for fourth spot, with Arsenal hosting Newcastle in the later kick-off, after Tottenham travel to relegation-battling Aston Villa.

    Storm Dennis is due to make an appearance too, so it could be eventful!