Premier League: Tottenham v Aston Villa match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at White Hart Lane

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The Independent Football

Former Spurs striker Darren Bent returns to White Hart Lane on Sunday with a point to prove after being dropped to the bench in Sunday’s West-Midlands derby against West Brom.

The 28-year-old will be aiming to fire Villa to victory as the Villian’s have only managed one win and two draws from their first six matches.

After a sluggish start to the campaign, Spurs have roared into life with three league wins on the trot, highlighted by their most recent triumph, against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The 3-2 result was Tottenham's first away win over the Red Devils in 23 years and has made the early intense scrutiny on manager Andre Villas-Boas seem like a distant memory.

Spurs players will only have had three days as they competed in the Europa League on Thursday, drawing 1-1 with Panathanaikos in Greece.


KICK-OFF: Sunday, 3pm



Aston Villa 1 (Clark) Tottenham 1 (Adebayor) Premier League, May 2012

Tottenham 2 (Adebayor 2) Aston Villa 0, Premier League, November 2011

Aston Villa 1 (Albrighton) Tottenham 2 (van der Vaart 2) Premier League, December 2010



Villa have only registered one league win at Tottenham's home ground in the past 12 years.

Spurs have not  lost to Villa in their last eight meetings .

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

Emmanuel Adebayor has notched six goals in eight starts against the Midlands side.



Spurs to win: 1.44

Aston Villa to win: 7.50

Draw: 4.20


TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm