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Aston Villa v Tottenham : Redknapp eyes Champions League qualification as McCleish in relegation fight

Aston Villa will be aiming to put their season long problems behind them this weekend when they host a Tottenham side still determined to secure Champions League football, as Paddy Power announce free bets and make Spurs the odds on favourites to take the three points back to White Hart Lane.

For the home side, it has been a campaign to forget.

The Villains need to get through these remaining two games, book their place in the Premier League for next season and reassess their approach.

Whether this means a change of manager, a new chairman or simply a complete turnaround in playing staff, it seems likely that it will be a busy summer at Villa Park. First things first though, they need to make sure they remain a top flight team.

Going into this weekend, Alex McLeish – who was relegated with Birmingham City on the final day last season – sees his team three points clear of the bottom three. This means that one more win from their final two games is probably needed to ensure their survival.

With the form they are in though – they haven’t secured a league win for eight games – the games against Tottenham this weekend and Norwich City on the final day look far from easy. They are going to have to dig deep and rely on other teams slipping up.

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As for Tottenham, this is a massive game for them too. After returning to form in the last two games, they find themselves a point behind Arsenal in third position and overtaking their North London rivals will be the aim from now on.

Harry Redknapp’s men certainly look like doing their bit. In the last two games, their front six has looked back to near their best and if this continues in the final two matches, it will only take one slip up from Arsenal for Tottenham to take third spot.

Speaking of Redknapp, it has perhaps helped the players that he will definitely not be leaving for England this summer. Instead, he is at White Hart Lane for the long-term, with the first objective to win two Premier League games.

Overall, this is set to one of the most tense games of the Premier League season. The atmosphere at Villa Park has been edgy, but they need to rally together to help their team to three crucial points against a Tottenham side searching for their third successive win.

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