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Posted on 11 November 2000  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

It looks like a case of as you were for both teams at Villa Park on Saturday.

Chris Armstrong has been touted as a potential starter in place of Les Ferdinand but with last weekend’s goal hero admitting he needs more games for match fitness that seems unlikely.

Manager George Graham is likely to stick with the starting line-up that beat Sunderland last week which will mean Luke Young (pictured) holding onto his place as sweeper in a five-man defence.

We are still without Sol Campbell (shoulder), Steffen Freund (hamstring), Oyvind Leonhardsen (hamstring/thigh) and Mauricio Taricco.

Former Spurs hero David Ginola looks likely to start on the bench for Villa.

The Frenchman played 90 minutes in a practice match against Wolves earlier this week after weeks out with a thigh problem but boss John Gregory feels it is best to keep him in reserve.

Gregory said: “He will be a very handy weapon for us to have tucked away.”

Midfielder Paul Merson has been troubled by a calf problem this week but expects to be fit after his wonder goal at Goodison Park last Sunday.

Striker Dion Dublin, who missed last weekend's 1-0 win at Everton with a back injury, returns to the squad and could replace the disappointing Gilles de Bilde.

Spurs squad: Sullivan, Walker, Carr, Perry, Anderton, Sherwood, Ferdinand, Rebrov, Doherty, Korsten, Armstrong, Thatcher, Young, Clemence, King, Etherington, Thelwell, Vega.

Villa squad: James, Alpay, Southgate, Barry, Stone, Delaney, Taylor, Hendrie, Boateng, Merson, Dublin, Joachim, de Bilde, Vassell, Ginola, Samuel.