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Match pack: Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa

August 9, 2019 6:22 am

Game details

Game: Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Date: Saturday 10th August 2019
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Kick-off: 5.30pm

At a glance

Aston Villa are back in the Premier League!

The countdown is finally over and we make our top-flight return in front of the watching world at Spurs on Saturday evening.

After a busy summer that has seen 12 signings arrive at the club and five wins from five in pre-season, it all gets going once again at Tottenham’s state-of-the-art new stadium.

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Team news

James Chester is the only confirmed absentee from Dean Smith’s matchday squad.

The skipper picked up a hamstring injury in the pre-season win at Shrewsbury Town and will be out until late August.

A host of new signings are set to be included, with Smith also not ruling out Douglas Luiz, despite the midfielder only arriving at Bodymoor Heath on Wednesday.

Spurs’ Heung-Min Son and Juan Foyth won’t play as both are still serving suspensions from last season.

New signing Ryan Sessegnon is also unavailable due to a hamstring injury, while Dele Alli will be absent with the same problem.

Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Ben Davies have all returned to training this week, and have a chance of featuring on Saturday evening.

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Ways to watch

The match will be live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

Coverage will begin at 5pm, with kick-off at 5.30pm.

Live audio coverage will also be available via AVTV Live.

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The Boss

Dean Smith

“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a really good game to start with.

“You never know what’s going to happen on the first day. So why not face a Champions League finalist?

“We feel we are coming into it off the back of a lot of momentum. We’ve got an awful lot done.

“The excitement starts now.”

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Tickets and travel

Our allocation of 3,038 is completely sold out.

Villa fans are urged to check Tottenham’s travel update issued here.