Friday, April 10, 2015

Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa
Competition: English Premier League
Match date: 11 April 2015
Kick Off Time: 15:00 BST
Venue: White Hart Lane, London 

Aston Villa team were made of resolute stuff over the midweek when they met QPR at home, twice making comebacks to ensure they didn’t fall to a catastrophic defeat (3:3). Belgian hitman Christian Benteke bagged all 3 goals for the Villains and is beginning to show some of the class and talent he flashed back in the 2012-2013 season.
However, manager Tim Sherwood will be ruing the defensive performance from his troops, as the attacking impetus and determination they showed on one end was completely lost on the other. He has admitted that it will be difficult for them to travel anywhere and take points, especially with away games against Tottenham, Southampton, and Man City remaining on the fixture list. While it’s important to note that Sherwood should get a strong response from his players as he makes his first return to White Hart Lane since they sacked him last season, the Villains have lost 7 of their last 8 EPL matches on the road. Furthermore, they have been held to a shutout on 6 of those occasions, and their 1 goal in their last 6 meetings with the Hotspurs hardly incites any level of confidence. While desperation can be a great motivator, they are now the league’s lowest-scoring side and should ultimately fail to keep up at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham Hotspur were held in check last weekend by a desperate Burnley team, and Saturday will bring them up against yet another relegation-battling side. This time of year is always prime for big upsets in England, and Spurs will need to be wary of the form that Christian Benteke is in.
However, the Spurs have completely dominated the Villains in recent memory, with their unbeaten streak against them currently sitting at 13 matches in all competitions. The Spurs claimed victory on 10 of those occasions including a late comeback victory in the reverse fixture this season. Furthermore, they have outscored Aston Villa 17 to 1 in their last 6 competitive meetings (all wins), and given Villa’s woes in front of goal this season (lowest-scoring team in the league), the Tottenham Hotspur look like a sure thing this weekend. It’s certainly important to point out that Tim Sherwood will be making his return to White Hart Lane for the first time since managing them last season, and the visiting players will likely come out with focus and determination as a result. But with the news that Hugo Lloris very well could come back into action here, goals shouldn’t be shipped too cheaply by the Spurs, if at all. Coupled with the fact that they arguably have the Premier League’s hottest centre forward at the moment in Harry Kane, and Saturday should see the Spurs bag another vital 3 points to their cause.

Probable lineups:
Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm – Chiriches, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose – Mason, Bentaleb – Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli – Kane .
Aston Villa: Guzan – Lowton, Okore, Clark, Richardson – Cleverley, Sanchez, Delph – N’Zogbia, Benteke, Agbonlahor.

Tottenham last 5 matches:
04/03/15 Tottenham 3 – 2 Swansea
07/03/15 QPR 1 – 2 Tottenham
15/03/15 Man United 3 – 0 Tottenham
21/03/15 Tottenham 4 – 3 Leicester City
05/04/15 Burnley 0 – 0 Tottenham

Aston Villa last 5 matches:
07/03/15 Aston Villa 2 – 0 West Brom
14/03/15 Sunderland 0 – 4 Aston Villa
21/03/15 Aston Villa 0 – 1 Swansea City
04/04/15 Man United 3 – 1 Aston Villa
07/04/15 Aston Villa 3 – 3 QPR

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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