Aston Villa's favourable fixtures boost top four chances as Tottenham stumble

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Aston Villa finds themselves in a promising position to secure Champions League football next season, thanks to Tottenham Hotspur's shocking 4-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Villans, who did not feature in this weekend's Premier League action, have climbed into fourth place, overtaking Tottenham in the process. With a slender goal difference advantage of +17 compared to Spurs' +16, Aston Villa now holds the upper hand in the race for a top-four finish.

Tottenham's defensive vulnerabilities were laid bare at St James' Park, with Micky van de Ven's errors contributing to Newcastle's first two goals. Alexander Isak's brace, along with strikes from Anthony Gordon and Fabian Schar, compounded Spurs' misery. To make matters worse, Pedro Porro limped off with a suspected hamstring injury, adding to the club's concerns.

As the season approaches its climax, Aston Villa's fate lies in their own hands. The Midlands club has a golden opportunity to extend their lead over Tottenham when they face Arsenal on Sunday. A positive result against the Gunners would not only boost their Champions League aspirations but also potentially impact the title race.

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Looking ahead, Aston Villa's next five Premier League fixtures present a mix of challenges and opportunities. After their clash with Arsenal, they welcome Bournemouth (April 21) and Chelsea (April 27) to Villa Park. These home games could prove crucial in their quest for a top-four finish. The Villans then face tricky away trips to Brighton (May 4) and round off this pivotal period by hosting Liverpool (May 11).

Tottenham's upcoming fixtures appear daunting, including the North London Derby against Arsenal (April 28) and away games at Chelsea (May 2) and Liverpool (May 5), followed by home games against Burnley (May 11) and Manchester City (May 14).

Aston Villa will be focussed on their own performances. The club's supporters will be hoping that their team can maintain their composure and take advantage of any further slip-ups by their rivals.

The battle for Champions League qualification has reached a critical juncture, and Aston Villa finds themselves in a favourable position. With Tottenham's stumble against Newcastle, the door has been opened for the Villans to seize the initiative and secure a place among Europe's elite next season.

As the pressure mounts and every point becomes increasingly valuable, Aston Villa's players will need to showcase their resilience and determination. The club's fans will be eagerly following each twist and turn in this enthralling race, hoping that their team can hold their nerve and achieve their long-awaited return to the Champions League.

All eyes will be on Aston Villa as they navigate their remaining fixtures. The Midlands club has the opportunity to write a new chapter in their history and bring European nights back to Villa Park. With Tottenham's hopes dented, it is now up to Aston Villa to grasp this chance and secure their place among the continent's best.