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Premier League Preview: Aston Villa v Tottenham

18 October 2013 16:36

Tottenham have the chance to extend their unbeaten run against Aston Villa to 11 matches in all competitions when the sides clash on Sunday.

The London club boast an excellent recent record against Villa and have been 4-0 winners on each of their previous two visits to Villa Park, in the League Cup last month and in the Premier League last December.

Villa's last victory over Tottenham came back in September 2008, meaning manager Paul Lambert will have his work cut out to get the better of a side smarting from a 3-0 home defeat against West Ham prior to the international break.

That setback undermined what has been a positive start to the season for Tottenham, who are three points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

All eyes will be on how Andre Villas-Boas' team respond and one player in particular who is likely to be under the microscope is midfielder Andros Townsend following his impressive goalscoring debut for England in the 4-1 win over Montenegro a week ago.

Townsend caught the eye with his pace, attacking instinct and maturity beyond his years, but Lambert insists he will not tweak Villa's gameplan in an attempt to stifle the 22-year-old, who has been compared to former team-mate Gareth Bale.

"Will we be putting any special attention on him? No," Lambert insisted.

"I've not seen much of the lad but when I have he has played well.

"Their whole team is strong. It is not just one lad you will be focused on."

Ahead of the visit of Tottenham, Lambert will not need reminding of the need for Villa to end their inconsistent streak at home.

Following the 3-2 win over Manchester City last time out on home soil, Villa have the opportunity to win back-to-back Premier League games at Villa Park for the first time since 2011.

Villa have also struggled defensively at home, having failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous 14 league outings in their own back yard.

Edging the five-goal thriller against City, though, will give Villa hope of ending their Tottenham jinx.

Tottenham travel to Villa without Danny Rose (toe) and Etienne Capoue (ankle). Winger Aaron Lennon is back in training following two months out with a foot injury, while Younes Kaboul remains a doubt with the muscle strain sustained in the UEFA Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala at the start of the month.

Villa boss Lambert is hoping to have striker Christian Benteke available again. Benteke has sat out the last three games with a hip injury. Jores Okore (knee) and Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) are long-term absentees.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
20 October 2013
Game week
8
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
0 - 2
Venue
Villa Park (Birmingham)
Attendance
35391

Goals

0 - 1
31' A. Townsend
 (assist by Soldado)
0 - 2
69' Soldado
 (assist by Paulinho)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
4
2
14
8
16 90+2'
15 10'
7
11 58'
27
10
Coach: P. Lambert
# Player Bookings
25
5
20 52'
6
2 89'
8 38'
14
22
30
17 31'
9 69'
Coach: André Villas-Boas

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
20
18
24
13
21
9
34
# Player Bookings
7 90+3'
19
18
11
16
23
24

Tuesday 16 September

19:50
19:46
19:38
19:27
19:09
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18:40
17:51
17:33
17:28
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05:37
05:20
04:08
03:37
03:17
03:11
02:53
01:21
01:16
00:36
00:32

Monday 15 September

23:54
23:22
23:10
22:54
22:42
22:03
21:59
21:23
21:05
20:50
20:33
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18:59
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17:55
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16:29
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14:53
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13:47
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10:51
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10:17
09:58
09:51
09:39
09:38
09:04
07:07
07:03
05:59
05:01
04:45
04:03
03:08
03:03
02:54
01:31
01:06
00:21

Sunday 14 September

23:56
23:33
23:30
23:28
23:13
22:46
22:30
22:20
22:09
21:43
21:35
21:02
20:55
20:54
20:42
20:25
20:17
19:57
19:06
19:01
18:49
18:34
18:13
17:41
17:33
17:28
16:57
16:31
16:24
16:06
15:37
14:50
14:15
13:35
13:27
13:24
12:51
11:44
11:14
10:24
10:19
07:22
07:19
05:28
04:15
04:01
02:05
00:30
00:07

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 4 +9 12
2 4 +3 10
3 4 +3 9
4 4 +5 7
5 4 +3 7
6 4 +2 7
7 4 +1 6
8 4 +1 6
9 4 +3 5
10 4 +0 5
11 4 -1 5
12 4 -1 5
13 4 -1 4
14 4 -1 4
15 4 -1 3
16 4 -8 3
17 4 -3 2
18 4 -3 2
19 4 -5 2
20 4 -6 2

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