Aston Villa’s first game back in the Premier League after a three year absence ended in a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur,but it was a performance that will have given Villa fans plenty of encouragement for the season ahead.

Aston Villa took the lead early on thanks to a fine finish by John McGinn and fine performances from Tyrone Mings, Bjorn Engels, and Tom Heaton helped to keep the home side out for over an hour. However, Spurs’ class showed in the end and three goals in the final 15 minutes or so meant that Villa left with nothing.

Despite the concession of three late goals, Dean Smith wouldn’t have been too upset with his team’s performance as they showed that they can compete with one of the best teams in the league.

Next up for Smith’s men is a home match against Bournemouth and if they play how they played for 75 minutes against Spurs, there is no reason why they cannot get their first win on the board.

Here is how we predict Villa to line up on Saturday afternoon: