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No hope for The Villains…

Last updated: March 10, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4pm
Venue: Villa Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLLW
Away form: DLWWL
Last season: 1-2
Competition: The Premier League

Aston Villa lost 4 consecutive Premier League matches, conceding 15 goals! The Villains have the worst defence in The Premiership. They have conceded 55 goals in 29 games. Even though, Aston Villa kept a clean sheet in the first half of the game against Manchester City last weekend, The Lions’ defence totally ‘disintegrated’ after the break and The Citizens scored 4 goals before the 66th minute of the match.

Furthermore, Tottenham Hotspur are just 5 points below the top spot and Spurs will fight for the three points until the final whistle. The last time Mauricio Pochettino’s players won a Premier League game was at the end of February when Spurs beat Swansea 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Maybe the only mistake Tottenham’s manager made was not to concentrate on only one tournament. This could cost them the dreamed of; Premier League title.

Tottenham Hotspur have won 10 of the last 12 matches against Aston Villa. In addition, Spurs have recorded 4 consecutive victories at Villa Park. Moreover, Pochettino’s players scored at least two goals in these matches. Tottenham won the first game of the season between these two teams at White Hart Lane (3-1).


Team News

Remi Garde has a very difficult task to motivate Aston Villa’s players, who seem to lack confidence after their recent performance.

Jack Grealish, Carlos Sanchez, Adama Traore and Jordan Amavi are still injured for The Villains. Grealish is suffering from an ankle injury.

Clinton N’Jie is still not recovered from his knee injury. The Cameroonian midfielder is expected to resume full training in April.

Mauricio Pochettino will probably make several changes in his starting eleven, because his team has to play against Borussia Dortmund in The Europa League.

Quotes of the week

Remi Garde Remi Garde (Aston Villa) : “The mentality of the players has been damaged a lot from the beginning of the season and we are getting too fragile, too quickly in the game.”

Mauricio Pochettino coach Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) : “At 2-1 for us, I’m disappointed at the final whistle.”


Expected line-ups:

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Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Guzan, Richards, Okore, Cissokho, Lescott, Gueye, Bacuna, Westwood, Veretout, Charles Gil, Ayew.
Subs Hutton, Agbonlahor, Gestede, Clark, Sinclair, Bunn, Richardson.
Injured: Amavi, Sanchez, Traore, Grealish.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Wimmer, Rose, Alderweireld, Walker, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane
Subs Onomah, Son, Mason, Vorm, Alli, Trippier, Davies.
Injured: N’Jie.
Doubtful:
Not available:

So far this season

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Aston Villa this season Tottenham this season
20 League Position 2
2 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 8 (7)
2-0 vs. Norwich Biggest win 5-1 vs. Bournemouth
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 5 (5)
8 (11) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (2)
0-6 to Liverpool Biggest Defeat 1-2 to Newcastle
Ayew, Gestede (5) Top scorer Kane (17)
Veretout (5) Assist Leader Eriksen (8)
Y59, R1 Discipline Y58, R0
12 Failures to score 6
5 Clean Sheets 9
14 Both Teams to Score Games 17
13 Over 2.5 Games 15
16 Under 2.5 Games 14
  • The Lions have won only 3 of their 29 Premier League matches this season. They have lost 19 games, which is the worst of the league.
  • Tottenham Hotspur are undefeated in 25 of their last 28 Premier League matches. All of their defeats were with a 1 goal difference.
  • There has been the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in Villains last 4 competitive games and ‘over 3,5’ in 3 of these matches.
  • Aston Villa have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 4 league games. The Lions have kept a clean sheet on only 5 occasions this season.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
02/11/15 The FA Cup Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa M. Dembélé 3′
11/04/15 The Premier League Tottenham 0-1 Aston Villa C. Benteke 35′
02/11/14 The Premier League Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham A. Weimann 16′
11/05/14 The Premier League Tottenham 3-0 Aston Villa Paulinho 14′
20/10/13 The Premier League Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham A. Townsend 31′