Match Preview – Tottenham vs. Aston Villa

Tottenham face former manager Tim Sherwood this weekend in a vital fixture for both sides.

Sherwood has introduced life back into this Villa side, and scrapping out valuable points has allowed the club to look far
more safe in the relegation battle. Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 15.11.12

Venue: White Hart Lane

Kick-Off: 3pm

Televison Coverage: Not televised

Stats (via BBC Sport)

Tottenham are unbeaten in 12 league meetings against Aston Villa (W9, D3). They have won the last five, equalling their longest winning run in this fixture. Villa’s last victory over Tottenham was by 2-1 at White Hart Lane in September 2008.

Spurs are unbeaten in 10 home matches in the Premier League since a November defeat by Stoke (W7, D3). They are two points worse off than after 31 games of last season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have scored 26 Premier League goals in 2015, more than any other team except Arsenal. Tottenham earned their first clean sheet in eight league games when they drew with Burnley last Sunday.

Harry Kane has scored 11 goals in his last nine Premier League appearances. His 19 league goals this season have earned Spurs 22 points – more than any other Premier League player has won for his side. No team has used more substitutes than Tottenham (91) this season but they have only contributed one goal (Kane v Aston Villa in November). Only Villa have fared worse.

Opposition Focus 

Aston Villa have lost nine of their last 12 league games, and only won two out of 17. They have suffered seven defeats in eight away games, with the exception being the 4-0 win over Sunderland. Villa are still nine points adrift of their lowest final tally in a Premier League campaign: 38 points in 2011-12 and 2013-14.

Tim Sherwood managed Tottenham for 22 Premier League games between December 2013 and May 2014, and his win percentage of 59% is the best of any Spurs boss in the competition’s history. His final game in charge was a 3-0 home win over Aston Villa. Christian Benteke has got seven goals for Villa in his last five league and cup games, having only scored three times in his first 21 appearances. He has scored in successive Premier League away matches for the first time since the start of last season.

Team News

Tottenham will be without several key players this weekend. Captain Hugo Lloris and defender Kyle Walker have been confirmed as absentees, whilst Jan Vertonghen remains a doubt. Several players were absent from the club’s open training session this week, including troubled forward Emmanuel Adebayor.

Predictions

Starting XI – Vorm, Chiriches, Dier, Vertonghen*, Rose, Mason, Bentaleb, Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend, Kane

*Vertonghen doubtful

Score – Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Aston Villa

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