Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur: Live updates, banter, team news and Christmas cheer

I'm keeping things brief again with my opening today. I need to get me head on straight and in my world there is only thing for that, it's just a little early, so second best option is bacon, baked beans and toast and after this is posted, that is what it is coming up.

But there is plenty of time before the football today. Kick off is at 5.30pm, so I'm not going to hurry and I've got plenty of time to get things in order.

Spurs are a decent side


So, did everyone have a nice Christmas? I did. Loads of food, too much to drink and plenty of everything else, but it will end up a fantastic Christmas if we win today, but it won't be easy. We have to accept that, as things stand right now, Spurs a better team than us and that means we have to get lucky or have another out of the ordinary performance. We could also hope that Spurs have a mare, but I don't think that will happen.

You see, Spurs are doing well at the moment. They are fifth in the Premier League table and they're playing Champions League football and impressing. They've got a good group of players, playing football the right way, with a manager who knows how to get the best out of them. Today is going to be a tough game.

But, everything is possible and we could get lucky. Or, things could fall into place again and we play some decent football, work harder and actually play better than Spurs. I guess what I'm trying to say is, we don't know how this game is going to go, but we do have home advantage and I think that can make a difference.

Support that matters

This isn't going to turn into a post about supporting the team or the twelfth man, but it will make a difference - have you heard White Hart Lane this season - it is making a difference.

But I understand why Villa Park isn't the cauldron it once was. I also understand it can be on it's day, but it isn't very often and I think that can cost us, but like I said, this isn't a post about the twelfth man - if we need a post about the twelfth man, then we really are in trouble.

Updates, links and banter

So, with kick off later, this post is all about the match. As soon as we have team news, we will let you know and as and when anything else pops up, like Carlos Cuellar talking about a top six finish, then I'll update this post.

Odds: Aston Villa v Spurs

Team News

Brad Friedel, Eric Lichaj, Carlos Cuellar, James Collins, Stephen Warnock, Marc Albrighton, Fabian, yes that is Fabian Delph, Jonathan Hogg, Stewart Downing, Gabby Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey.

On the bench: Guzan, Pires, Delfouneso, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Clark and Bannan.