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Tottenham-Villa: OPTA preview

Posted on 23 August 2002  - 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).

White Hart Lane

1

Games Played

1

2
2.00
44%
22%

Goals Scored
Goals Scored/game
Shooting Accuracy %
Goals/Shots %

0
0.00
40%
0%

311
69%

Passes
Pass Completion %

350
71%

74%
2
2.00

Tackles Won %
Goals Conceded
Goals Conceded/game

76%
1
1.00

5
1
0

Fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

15
2
0

TOTTENHAM v ASTON VILLA

Just like last season, Aston Villa's first Premiership away trip of the season is a jaunt down south to face Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

After an opening defeat at home to Liverpool and the Villa supporters voicing their disapproval, it is important for Graham Taylor's men to take something from this game.

Gardner Alpay
90 Minutes on pitch 90
0 Goals 0
3 Blocks & Interceptions 5
19 Clearances 7
3 Tackles won 1
75 Pass completion % 76
0 Fouls 3
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0

But that will not be easy against a Spurs side that will be keen to impress their own supporters in their first game at White Hart Lane in the new campaign.

Glenn Hoddle's team almost got their season off to a flier with a win at Everton last weekend, but Tomasz Radzinski's late strike past Kasey Keller meant the Londoners had to be content with a point.

There were some encouraging performances from the likes of Jamie Redknapp on his Tottenham debut who completed 37 passes - more than any other player on display at Goodison Park.

Also Anthony Gardner, who turned 21 last Sunday, put in a strong performance at the heart of the Spurs defence. The former Port Vale star made 19 clearances - more than any other individual in the opening weekend of the Premiership. A superbly elegant defender, Gardner is still learning his trade and could learn a few tricks on Saturday from Villa's central defender Alpay.

The Turkish World Cup star was named in FIFA's all-star team of the tournament and has certainly boosted his profile after his appearances in the Far East. With Alpay currently demanding a transfer away from Villa Park, this could be one of his final outings in a Villa shirt before the transfer window on the 31st of August.

However it is not all doom and gloom at Villa Park, with Republic of Ireland midfield duo Matt Holland and Mark Kinsella said to be joining the club. And their imminent arrivals would boost an area where the team has been suffering following the departure of George Boateng to Middlesbrough.

Saturday's contest at White Hart Lane is another battle between two former England managers who will relish this sort of duel, and like the clash at Elland Road last weekend between Terry Venables and Kevin Keegan don't be surprised if the more experienced man in Graham Taylor is triumphant in this one.

Match Betting : 10/11 Tottenham 9/4 Draw 5/2 A Villa
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