Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is fit for Tottenham's Premier League game against Aston Villa on Sunday after recovering from a hamstring injury. Andre Villas-Boas is expected to recall Brad Friedel in goal despite a solid performance from his understudy Hugo Lloris in Thursday's Europa League draw against Panathinaikos. Kyle Naughton (foot), Scott Parker (achilles), Jake Livermore (groin), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are out.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has no fresh injury problems ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Midfielder Stephen Ireland (broken arm) and central defender Richard Dunne (groin) remain sidelined although the former could return after the international break. Lambert has to decide whether to recall striker Darren Bent to the starting line-up against one of his former clubs after he came off the substitutes' bench to equalise against West Brom last weekend.
Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham) on Steven Caulker being dropped from the England squad: "I think for Steven it will be a privilege to play for the first team of England, for sure. If it came sooner it would be a more important achievement, but I don't see (him being left out) as any kind of negative. We certainly believe a lot in the player. That's why we decided to extend his career and that's why he played at Old Trafford and against Lazio."
Paul Lambert (Aston Villa): ''If I could pick everyone I would but I can't and I just try and pick a team which might get a result. I understand people's frustration (at not playing) but I try and honestly select the team. Some of the best players in the world have been left out, Messi, Rooney, Ronaldo. I dropped Grant Holt last season at Norwich. If you are going on about Darren, I don't have one problem whatsoever. He didn't knock on my door. That's why I don't think there is a problem. I'm pretty sure if Darren has a problem he would come in and see me and he hasn't."
Tottenham have had a player sent off in each of their last two Premier League visits to Villa Park.
Emmanuel Adebayor has scored six goals in eight Premier League starts against Aston Villa including four in his last three.
The six goals netted by Adebayor against Aston Villa is his joint-highest haul against any opponent in the Premier League, along with Blackburn, Derby and Tottenham.
Spurs have lost none of their last seven Premier League games against Aston Villa (W4 D3 L0).
Spurs have won 14 and lost just two of their last 21 Premier League matches at White Hart Lane. One of those defeats was masterminded by then Norwich boss Paul Lambert (2-1 in April).
Aston Villa have scored just five goals in their last 11 Premier League away matches, winning none and losing six in that run.
Spurs have conceded the highest proportion of second half goals in the Premier League (88%).
Tottenham have won six and lost one of their last 10 Premier League matches.
Aston Villa have won just one of their last 16 Premier League games (W1 D7 L8).
Five points after six games is Aston Villa’s worst start to a Premier League season.
Tottenham (1/2) Aston Villa (15/2) Draw (10/3)