Tottenham Hotspur (10-7-8; 37 points) and Aston Villa's (7-4-14; 25 points) last match with one another feels like a lifetime ago.
That's not because of the Premier League's winter break, mind you, but because of all that has changed in North London ahead of Sunday's rematch at Villa Park. Mauricio Pochettino no longer roams the Spurs dugout as he did in Tottenham's 3-1 comeback win on Aug. 10. He has since been replaced by the outspoken -- and newly-bald -- José Mourinho.
Mourinho has the Lilywhites within striking distance of UEFA Champions League qualification, whether or not Manchester City end up being barred from the competition for financial fair play violations.
Villa led Tottenham 1-0 for most of their August meeting but now find themselves in a relegation scrap. The Villans could jump from 17th to 15th with a win at home, creating a four-point cushion between them and the relegation zone. The good news for Villa? Mourinho's new club have only won two away matches in all competitions since he took the reigns and none since the start of 2020.
Spurs could get caught looking ahead to bigger fixtures, too, with a Champions League match against RB Leipzig set for Wednesday and a trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Saturday.
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Here's how to watch Sunday's Aston Villa-Tottenham Hotspur match live online and on TV.
When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 9:00 a.m. ET/6:00 a.m. PT
Online: NBC Sports
The Premier League suspending its season last month due to the global coronavirus pandemic delayed Liverpool’s inevitable clinching of their first top-flight title in three decades by at least two months.
The Reds, who were six points from winning their first-ever Premier League title, won’t lift the trophy until May at the absolute earliest. The season is suspended through at least April 30, and league executives reportedly will discuss what the remainder of the season could look like in a Friday conference call.
There wasn’t much drama remaining in Liverpool’s title challenge, but the same couldn’t be said for the rest of the Premier League by the time it closed its doors. Every club had at least nine matches remaining, with multiple spots for next season’s European competitions, all three relegation places still up for grabs and bragging rights in some of England’s best rivalries still unsolved
Which storylines would’ve captured our attention? Here are the five we’d be most closely monitoring had the Premier League season continued uninterrupted.
UEFA postponed the finals of its three biggest intercontinental club competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization announced Monday.
The men's and women's Champions League final and the Europa League final, all of which were scheduled for May, have been pushed back indefinitely. The European soccer governing body said in a statement that "[no] decision has yet been made on rearranged dates."
Twelve teams -- including the Premier League's Manchester City and Chelsea -- remain in contention for the men's Champions League with half of the Round of 16 completed, while the women's Champions League has not yet kicked off its quarter-finals. The Europa League, which Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United still are competing in, completed all but one of its first-leg fixtures from the Round of 16 before UEFA postponed all of last week's matches.
UEFA also announced last week that it was postponing the men's Euro 2020 to 2021 and rescheduling the women's tournament that originally was supposed to occur that year, in large part because of the coronavirus disrupting the calendars of club competitions across the continent. The Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A have all paused their seasons in an effort to halt COVID-19's spread.
Though Liverpool have the Premier League title all but wrapped up, spots in next season's Champions League and Europa League and the relegation places still need to be determined ahead of next season. UEFA's competitions this season affect the following campaign, too, as the Europa League winner automatically qualifies for the Champions League.
Beyond where and when the remaining matches this season are played (and who they're played in front of), all of the European leagues will need to address who is playing in said matches. The Premier League alone will have 69 players out of contract on June 30, according to ESPN's Ian Darke, and numerous others are set to have loan deals end at around that time. It's not yet clear if out-of-contract players would become free agents at that time.
European soccer, much like all of the world, still is navigating the knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic. That undoubtedly will continue long after play resumes.