Aston Villa will play their first Premier League game in three years on Saturday evening, and they couldn’t have got a much trickier opening game.

They will have to travel down to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur at their fantastic new stadium. Spurs were Champions League runner-ups last season and are always in and around the top four, so Dean Smith’s men will have to be at their best if they are to walk away with a positive result.

Villa have brought in a host of exciting new players over the course of the summer and those of a claret and blue persuasion will be quietly confident about the season ahead.

With the players that Smith has brought in, there is absolutely no reason why Aston Villa can’t do the same as what Wolves did last season. However, many fans will be content with just surviving their first season back in the top flight.

Here is our predicted Villa XI for Saturday’s game against Spurs: