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Aston Villa v Tottenham - Opta Preview

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).

Aston Villa
Villa Park
Saturday 29th December
Tottenham Hotspur
19 Games 19
25 Goals scored 30
1.32 Ave goals per game 1.58
38% Shooting Accuracy 37%
12% Goals to shots % 13%
7,540 Passes 8,278
76% Pass completion % 75%
76% Tackle success rate % 72%
24 Goals conceded 26
1.26 Ave goals conceded per game 1.37
270 Fouls 283
21 Yellow cards 30
2 Red cards 3
9,091 Opta Index Score 9,571

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

Both Villa and Spurs lost two games in quick succession during the Christmas period and now they can see a gap opening between the top six sides and themselves.

Villa's 3-1 reversal at Derby County was a shocking result and one that saw the Villains' supporters increase their seemingly timeless attack on chairman Doug Ellis. Their main complaint is that he has not given adequate funds to manager John Gregory, though a simple totting up of the total cost of the Villa team suggests that maths is not the strength of the Holte End.

The 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool on Boxing Day was far more unfortunate, with the Reds scoring their opening goal thanks to a cruel deflection from referee Andy D'Urso. Such a vagary of fate enraged John Gregory so much that he was banished from the touchline and faces yet another FA inquiry.

Tottenham fans were left disgruntled on the second day of Christmas as Southampton exacted revenge for the loss of Glenn Hoddle and Dean Richards to north London with a 1-0 win at St Mary's. This followed a disastrous home defeat to Ipswich, a result that shattered much of the optimism surrounding White Hart Lane. surreySPORTS offer tempting odds of 5/4 on a third successive Tottenham loss.

When the two sides clashed on the opening day of the season the entertainment was hard to find in a 0-0 draw but when Villa and Spurs meet in Birmingham there are usually plenty of goals - 19 in the last six games. But it has been a long time since Spurs have journeyed back down the M1 with three points, more than 15 years in fact.

Tottenham are hoping that Teddy Sheringham's recent red card will be rescinded after referee Mike Riley has studied the video of the incident, as the England man is a key man in Hoddle's team and surreySPORTS make him 6/1 to score the opening goal at a ground at which he has enjoyed success before. Another defeat for Villa will see the pressure on the chairman and manager increase to perhaps an intolerable level.

Duncan Alexander

Match referee: E. Wolstenholme

Lancashire-based Eddie Wolstenholme takes charge of this fixture. He has been showing an average of more than five yellow cards a match so the players will have to be on the best behaviour if they are to avoid a New Year’s Eve fraught with guilt and regret.

Referee's Name Fouls Penalties Yellow Cards Red Cards Ave Disc points
E. Wolstenholme 169 3 22 2 51.20
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Merson v Poyet

Glenn Hoddle reports a clean bill of health from Southampton and has no further injury worries for Saturday's trip to Aston Villa.

Les Ferdinand came through 90 minutes on Boxing Day after minor surgery on his ankle just nine days earlier.

Goran Bunjevcevic is back in training after a thigh strain but is not expected to feature at Villa Park while Oyvind Leonhardsen has trained again after flu symptoms last week.

Glenn revealed: "There were no injuries at Southampton, so that was good news.

"Goran Bunjevcevic has had a slight thigh strain. It looks like he's over it but perhaps needs a good week's training. He's been out a long time off and on and he needs a training schedule to get him fitter."

That leaves Stephen Clemence (groin), Stephen Carr (knee) and Gary Doherty (broken leg) on the treatment table.

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Match Result
Aston Villa 5/4
Draw 11/5
Tottenham 7/4
Correct Score
Aston Villa 1-0 6/1
Aston Villa 2-0 10/1
Aston Villa 2-1 15/2
Aston Villa 3-0 18/1
Aston Villa 3-1 18/1
Aston Villa 3-2 25/1
Aston Villa 4-0 50/1
Aston Villa 4-1 40/1
Aston Villa 4-2 66/1
Aston Villa 5-0 100/1
Aston Villa 5-1 100/1
Draw 0-0 8/1
Draw 1-1 11/2
Draw 2-2 14/1
Draw 3-3 50/1
Tottenham 1-0 7/1
Tottenham 2-0 12/1
Tottenham 2-1 10/1
Tottenham 3-0 28/1
Tottenham 3-1 22/1
Tottenham 3-2 28/1
Tottenham 4-0 80/1
Tottenham 4-1 80/1
Tottenham 4-2 80/1
Tottenham 5-0 100/1
Tottenham 5-1 100/1
Double Result
Aston Villa/Aston Villa 3/1
Aston Villa/Draw 15/1
Aston Villa/Tottenham 33/1
Draw/Aston Villa 4/1
Draw/Draw 7/2
Draw/Tottenham 5/1
Tottenham/Aston Villa 28/1
Tottenham/Draw 15/1
Tottenham/Tottenham 7/2
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