Match Preview – Aston Villa (Home)

I can’t wait, for the weekend to begin! If you start it on Monday night, that is. The season is coming to an end! Hallelujah! A sentiment I never thought I’d express as a Spurs fan! But we have one last task ahead, Aston Villa.

Of the 70 games these sides have played in the league at White Hart Lane, the hosts, Tottenham have won the majority, 36, with 14 draws and 20 defeats. Villa have not beaten Tottenham in the league in their last 10 attempts, since a 2-1 win in north London in September 2008. They have only won twice at White Hart Lane in the last 14 years.

Spurs have won five of their last six league games at home, including their last three. Tottenham have netted 11 goals in their last three home games, though they haven’t kept a clean sheet at White Hart Lane in over two months (1-0 v Cardiff, 2 March). Top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor (13 goals) has failed to find the net in over a month, or 364 minutes, since scoring Tottenham’s fourth against Sunderland on 7 April. Defoe, who left Spurs for Toronto FC on 28 February, remains Tottenham’s third top scorer with 10 goals – only Adebayor and Roberto Soldado (11) have found the net more often this campaign. Tottenham have been involved in only one goalless draw all season, in the 0-0 at Everton on 3 November.

Villa have failed to win in seven of their last eight league games, a run only broken by their 3-1 victory over Hull last weekend. They have also not won away from home in their last eight attempts, since beating Sunderland 1-0 on New Year’s Day. But the Villans have currently won 497 points away from home in the Premier League – if they win this match, they’ll be the fifth side in Premier League history to reach 500. Andreas Weimann’s brace against Hull means he’s now Villa’s second top-scorer this season with six goals. Christian Benteke has 11. Villa have only claimed back-to-back wins four times in the past three seasons.

It’s been a tough ride. You wouldn’t believe the amount of times that commentating on matches has brought me close to tears this season. This has been a speed-bump, but hopefully next year will be smoother sailing. Tim Sherwood could be hitting the road come Monday, that is after Sandro has his say in Ledley’s game!

Injury wise, Spurs are missing Kaboul (suspended), Lamela (back), Townsend (ankle), Walker (pelvic). Capoue (foot) and Vertonghen (ankle) will face late tests. For Villa, Benteke, N’Zogbia (both Achilles), Bennett (ankle), Gardner (foot), Herd (personal reasons), Helenius (thigh), Kozak (broken leg) and Okore (knee) are all out.

Predicted team: Lloris, Naughton, Chiriches, Dawson, Rose, Paulinho, Pritchard, Lennon, Eriksen, Adebayor, Kane.

Predicted score: Tottenham 5-0 Villa.

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