Aston Villa vs Tottenham Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Villa Park

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The Independent Online

Aston Villa will be hoping to put an end to their woeful run of form having lost their last five Premier League fixtures. Paul Lambert’s side have also failed to score in those five games which has led to criticism and concern from the clubs fans. Tottenham also go into the game on the back of an unconvincing run of results, winning just once in their last seven league outings. 

Christian Benteke is slowly returning to full fitness with Lambert believing it could take six or seven games for the striker to return to maximum capacity. Villa need to find goals quickly as they continue to slip further down the table. Lambert was disappointed with the manner in which his side conceded two goals to QPR on Monday night and he will be looking for vast improvements in his defensive ranks come Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for his Tottenham team to reproduce the sort of form they are continuing to produce in their various cup fixtures. Spurs reached the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup this week after beating Brighton 2-0 at White Hart Lane but their performances in the league remain sub-standard. Spurs must start to pick up wins quickly if they still plan on finishing in the top four, a feat which seems very unrealistic at this present time.

Tottenham may be encouraged by the fact that they have not lost to Aston Villa in their last twelve meetings but Pochettino’s men will have a difficult job on their hands against a Villa side surely determined following their run of poor results.

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Tottenham 3 (Paulinho, Baker (og), Adebayor) Aston Villa 0, Premier League, May 2014

Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 2 (Townsend, Soldado), Premier League, October 2013

Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 4 (Defoe 2, Paulinho, Chadli), Capital One Cup, September 2013

STATS…

Aston Villa haven’t beaten Tottenham since 15 September 2008 when Nigel Reo-Coker and Ashley Young scored in the victory.

Villa have failed to score against Tottenham in their last five meetings.

Tottenham have scored fifteen goals against Villa in their last five meetings.

Tottenham have won one of their last seven fixtures in the Premier League.

 

ODDS…

Aston Villa to win: 3.7

Tottenham to win: 2.0

Draw: 3.4

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD at 4pm, highlights on BBC2 at 10.00pm.

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