Tottenham - Aston Villa Preview: Spurs aiming for seventh win in eight Premier League matches

Andy Sixsmith
Tottenham - Aston Villa Preview: Spurs aiming for seventh win in eight Premier League matches




Walker, Vertonghen, Caulker, Gallas
Sandro, Dembele
Lennon, Dempsey, Bale


Lowton, Vlaar, Dunne, Bennett
N'Zogbia, Delph, Holman, Albrighton
Bent, Agbonlahor

Tottenham look set to make changes from the side that drew Panathinaikos 1-1 in Greece on Thursday.

Brad Friedel should return in goal for what would be his 311th-straight Premier League appearance, with Hugo Lloris once more prevented from making his Premier League debut. The game will come too soon for Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee), who is still two weeks away from a first-team return. William Gallas should continue start at left back.

Aston Villa welcomes the return of center back Richard Dunne after a long spell on the sidelines (groin), and he should partner with Ron Vlaar at the heart of the defense.

After impressive cameos in the 1-1 draw against West Brom last week, Charles N'Zogbia and Darren Bent look set to be handed starts, with Bent, in particular, hoping to rediscover his goal-scoring touch.



  • Tottenham is on an excellent domestic run against Villa, having not lost in its last seven matches against the Midlands outfit, winning four games and drawing three.

  • The North London side's home form is not too shabby either - the club has won 14 and lost just two of its last 21 matches at White Hart Lane.

  • Spurs have conceded the highest proportion of second-half goals in the Premier League this season (88 percent).

  • Aston Villa on the other hand is enduring a torrid ruin of form, winning just one of its last 16 Premier League games.

  • Paul Lambert's side has only scored five goals in its last 11 away Premier League fixtures.

  • Villa will be hoping Emmanuel Adebayor (pictured) does not feature on Sunday - the Spurs forward has notched six goals in eight starts against the Midlands side.