Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Sunday 11th May 2014 at 15:00. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.

Odds: Tottenham Hotspur 8/15, Draw 7/2, Aston Villa 13/2

Last season: 2-0

Preview & injury news

If the speculation is anything to go by, this is likely to be Tim Sherwood's last game in charge of first team affairs at White Hart Lane. Spurs currently lie in sixth place, three points ahead of Manchester United meaning that a draw will guarantee them a Europa League spot for next season. Prior to last weekend's disappointing defeat away to West Ham United, Tottenham had won three and drawn four, so they were in relatively good form going into the match against the Hammers, which will have made the result all the more disappointing. 

For Aston Villa, their Premier League status for next season is guaranteed, when it looked as though their position was getting quite precarious in the bottom half of the table. However, they have won one out of their last eight games, which was a 3-1 win over Hull City. Six out of the other seven games have ended in defeat so it hasn't been a good run for Paul Lambert's men.

With regards to suspensions and injuries, Younes Kaboul is suspended for Tottenham after being sent off against West Ham last weekend but Etienne Capoue is said to be available for selection after an ankle problem. However, the Spurs injury list is still pretty lengthy. Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele miss out with ankle injuries whilst Erik Lamela is still sidelined with a long term back problem. Andros Townsend is out with an ankle problem which means he misses the World Cup, whilst Kyle Walker still hasn't recovered from a problem with his pelvis that has troubled him for some time. 

For Villa, Christian Benteke is still on the long road to recovery from an Achilles tendon rupture, whilst Charles N'Zogbia, Libor Kozak, Jores Okore, Joe Bennett, Gary Gardner and Nicklas Helenius are all out with various problems. Gabriel Agbonlahor has a knee problem but there is a chance he will play whilst Mark Albrighton is a doubt with a groin problem. 

Key stats

Here are the top scorers from the two teams in the Premier League this season:

Emmanuel Adebayor Spurs FW 10 20 1,718
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 10 26 2,128
Christian Eriksen Spurs MF 7 24 1,893
Roberto Soldado Spurs FW 6 28 1,931
Leandro Bacuna Aston Villa MF 5 34 2,511
Andreas Weimann Aston Villa FW 5 36 2,570

Their average possession statistics:

  Possession PercentagePlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 54.41 37
Aston Villa 43.27 37

And the amount of clean sheets they've kept:

  Clean SheetPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 13 37
Aston Villa 9 37

5 players to watch

Paulinho - Paulinho has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane after just the one season, with Chelsea said to be interested in the Brazilian. It will be interesting to see how he performs as he is a player that has a lot about him. Some will say he has had a quiet season, but he will want to demonstrate those qualities on the final day.

Fabian Delph - If Delph gets on the ball and plays the ball around a bit, and starts having an increasing effect on the game then Villa may get some joy at White Hart Lane. He has improved this season, looks quite accomplished and his game intelligence seems to have improved. Can he come up with a crucial flash of quality?

Sandro - Another man's future who is uncertain, but it might be telling if he is not near the first team squad this week given that he told ESPN in Brazil that Tim Sherwood won't be at the club next season. Whether that will have an effect on his starting position remains to be seen, so it will be fascinating to see if he is included in the squad.

Ron Vlaar - The Villa defence hasn't been great in recent weeks to say the least and they don't want to be mulling over another poor defensive performance going into the summer. Vlaar needs to show some leadership at the back to give everyone at the club something to build on over the summer.

Christian Eriksen - Out of all of the signings that have come to Spurs this season, Eriksen has been the best by a country mile. He's creative, has an eye for goal and is very good with a dead ball situation. Don't be surprised if there is another terrific performance on show from the Dane.

Earlier on in the season

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham, October 2013

It was a bit of a regulation win for Tottenham as they took all three points at Villa Park. The man in form Andros Townsend opened the scoring for the visitors when his cross from the right went all the way through into the goal on the half hour mark, though some will remember it more for a pyrotechnic being thrown onto the pitch, and it hit the assistant referee. Roberto Soldado doubled the lead with 20 minutes to go in a rare goal from open play, and it was surprising that Spurs didn't score even more goals than they did as Tottenham went within three points of the top of the table.

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