To be played on Sunday 20th October 2013 at 16:00. Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham
Odds: Aston Villa 3/1, Draw 13/5, Tottenham 20/19
Last season 0-4
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Tottenham will be travelling to Villa Park in the hope that the international break has allowed them to put their horror show against West Ham behind them. Many people will think that Spurs need to take maximum points from this game to keep up the pressure on the sides towards the top of the table early on in the season – and to show they can recover well from bad defeats. They currently lie in sixth place having taken 13 points from their opening seven games, leaving them three points from the top.
Aston Villa have yet another difficult home game to deal with having already faced Liverpool, Newcaslte and Manchester City at home this season – though against City they managed to spring a surprise victory. Villa have managed to pick up ten points from their opening seven games leaving them in tenth. They haven’t had the easiest of starts either having faced both Arsenal and Chelsea away from home.
Left-back Danny Rose could return to the Spurs side after struggling with an ankle injury, whilst there is a chance Aaron Lennon could be included in the squad. Christian Benteke could return to the Aston Villa side after joining up with the Belgium national side but not playing any part – to the relief of manager Paul Lambert.
Christian Benteke is Aston Villa’s top Premier League scorer this season with four goals.
Gylfi Sigurdsson is Tottenham’s top Premier League scorer this season with three goals.
Aston Villa had 55% possession in their last Premier League match – a 0-0 draw away to Hull.
Tottenham had 61% possession in their last Premier League match – a 3-0 home defeat to West Ham.
Aston Villa home record: Played 3, Won 1, Drawn 0, Lost 2, Goals For 4, Goals Against 5
Tottenham away record: Played 3, Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 1, Goals For 2, Goals Against 1
Aston Villa’s last six: Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 3
Tottenham last six: Won 3, Drawn 1, Lost 2
Five players to watch:
He has yet to start a league game this season, and Lamela has said this week that he needs to adapt to the more physical style of the Premier League. Will we see much of him this weekend?
He’s missed the last few games through injury and Villa have done pretty well without him. With a team relatively confident, can their top scorer add even more to his side by giving the Spurs defence a hard time?
Dawson will want to put his West Ham display behind him, then so will the rest of his defence. Can they do that by keeping Benteke & Co quiet?
Whilst Spurs may have the likes of Eriksen and Paulinho, Fabian Delph is a very good player and he will want to prove that he can mix it with quality in the middle of the park. Can he get the better of the Spurs duo and be the man who dictates play?
He was given a Premier League starting place last time out at the expense of Roberto Soldado. Will AVB give the man who got a brace against Villa in the League Cup another run out up front?
Last time they met
Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham – League Cup September 2013
This one is relatively fresh in the memory and a few said this victory was a case of Spurs showing they had a decent amount of squad depth. Jermain Defoe gave Spurs the lead just before half time but in the second half the visitors just ran away with it. Paulinho doubled the lead just after the interval to tighten Tottenham’s grip on the game before goals from Nacer Chadli and Defoe in the last five minutes rounded off the scoring.