I'm at the airport about to board in a bad way. Not the bad way you're thinking, I've got a man cold. It isn't good and I'll be at my hotel in about 3 hours and I'll be going to bed. I'm hoping my alarm wakes me up for kick off, because today is a big day.
Spurs are doing well with their new manager and teams below us are getting closer. Today is very important. Win and we find ourselves in the top four after a third of the season. I don't want to miss this and I think we've got lucky playing Spurs as they have quite a few influential players out.
The thing is, Spurs will be Spurs this season and I don't think it matters who they start with, they're going to run at you for 90 minutes and they are at home. But our manager knows this and he will have prepared for this. It's a big game.
And because I have what can best be described as the worst cold I've ever had, I need to end this post quickly because there is a chance I might fall asleep.
And in good old Irish fashion, I'm going to get to my hotel and have a hot toddy and get a couple of hours. I will be back.
Match facts from the BBC
- Aston Villa beat Tottenham home and away last season and can win three consecutive Premier League matches against them for only the second time, following a run of four from 1994 to 1996.
- Tottenham have not lost consecutive home games against Villa since August 1995.
- Spurs had a different manager for each of their four previous league fixtures against Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: Mauricio Pochettino, Ryan Mason, Nuno and Antonio Conte. Ange Postecoglou will be the fifth in as many games.
- Previously unbeaten Spurs have suffered back-to-back defeats against Chelsea and Wolves despite opening the scoring in both matches.
- The Lilywhites last lost three league games in a row at the beginning of last year, a run that included defeats against Chelsea and Wolves.
- They have conceded a league-high six goals in second-half stoppage time this season, including each of their last four.
- Son Heung-min has scored five goals in six Premier League appearances against Aston Villa but all five came at Villa Park.
- Villa have equalled the club record of 21 Premier League victories in a calendar year, set in 1998. They last won 22 top-flight games in a single year in 1980.
- Their tally of 19 points from eight league matches since the September international break is the highest in the division.
- However, Unai Emery's side have only managed two wins in their past 10 away league games (D3, L5).
- Aston Villa have the second best goalscoring record in the division prior to this weekend's fixtures but only six of their 29 goals have come away.
- They are unbeaten in their five Premier League visits to London since a 3-0 defeat at Fulham in Steven Gerrard's final game in charge 13 months ago (W3, D2).
- Emery is unbeaten in all five league matches versus Spurs, although his Arsenal side lost 2-0 at home in a 2018-19 League Cup quarter-final.