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Aston Villa v Tottenham - Head-to-Head

Posted on 28 December 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Paul Merson Gustavo Poyet
APPEARANCES
Minutes on pitch 905 1387
GOAL ATTEMPTS
Goals 1 6
Shots On Target 5 13
Shooting Accuracy 36% 33%
PASSING
Goal Assists 2 3
Passing Accuracy % 74% 73%
Crossing Accuracy % 40% 22%
DRIBBLING
Dribbles and Runs 26 22
Dribble Completion % 69% 77%
DISCIPLINE
Yellow Cards 0 2
Red Cards 0 1
OPTA INDEX SCORE 765 952
First Goalscorer Odds 10/1 10/1
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Paul Merson
Gustavo Poyet

Both players suffered disappointment on Boxing Day when their respective sides lost for the second consecutive game and both Paul Merson and Gustavo Poyet will be hoping for better fortune at Villa Park on Saturday.

Merson was unable to stop Liverpool chalking up a 2-1 victory on Wednesday and Aston Villa's player of the year will aim to make amends by helping to defeat Tottenham in this key FA Barclaycard Premiership encounter.

The gifted midfielder has not been at the top of his game in recent weeks, and it may be argued that when Merson is not on form, it affects the whole team. Defeats at Derby and Arsenal in recent weeks show that Villa have lost some of their early season sparkle that saw them top the table in the opening stages of the season.

Their tough InterToto and UEFA Cup schedule may be taking it's toll on Villa, although many critics will argue that they were unfortunate to lose to the Reds on Boxing Day.

Three points against Tottenham on Saturday would see the Villans leapfrog the Londoners in the Premiership table and it would be a great way to see 2001 out especially for former Arsenal man Merson.

The England international's passing accuracy is marginally better than his opposite number Poyet, with 74% of Merson's balls finding a Villa team-mate. And his ability to deliver the balls from wide areas is more impressive with two-fifths of his crosses being met by one of his own players.

However Gus Poyet has enjoyed a highly successful first few months at White Hart Lane, the 34-year-old midfielder nicknamed the 'radio' for his non-stop chatter has certainly got the Spurs fans talking with his irresistible performances.

Late surges into the box are his speciality and he has already netted six Premiership goals for his new employers. Last season Poyet was the highest scoring midfielder in the top-flight, netting 11 times.

But if you think this game may result in a stalemate like the clash at White Hart Lane between these two teams on the opening day of the season, surreySPORTS offer a very reasonable 8/1 on the 0-0 draw.

However with both 'Merse' and the 'Radio' attempting to dominate the Villa Park airwaves, the signals are that this could be a fascinating broadcast to end the calendar year.

Ben Romaner