If the speculation—which intensified following a Sky Sports report in early April—of recent months is to be believed, it could be manager Tim Sherwood's final game in charge. The 45-year-old is barely five months into the one-and-a-half-year deal he agreed upon taking over in December.
Sherwood is unlikely to pay much mind to that for now. His side still need at least a point to cement sixth place and Europa League qualification
A commendable achievement in its own right, it does fall short of the club's target from the beginning of the season of securing Champions League football. What this will mean for several of Tottenham's players will, obviously, gradually become apparent over the course of the next few months.
What is certain, though, is the meeting with Villa will be their last competitive opportunity alongside one another to underline their value to the north London club (or perhaps, even, potential summer suitors).
After weeks of deploying a fairly settled starting line-up, will Sherwood look to change things up after last week's 2-0 loss at West Ham United?