Stat Attack: Spurs vs Aston Villa

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Following a sobering 2-0 defeat to West Ham, Spurs will want to win their final game of the season and secure 6th place in the League.  Everton can no longer be caught as they boast a healthier goal difference and Manchester United could still steal 6th from Tottenham should Spurs lose and United win.  Tim Sherwood was upset with his players’ character last weekend with Adebayor and Paulinho letting Stewart Downing’s free kick straight through the wall and into the net.  Who knows if Sherwood will be manger next season but either way he will demand a strong final game of the season.

Kyle Naughton was statistically Tottenham’s most successful defender with 14 defensive contributions (blocks, clearances, interceptions and tackles).  The young defender also made eight tackles, more than any other Spurs player.  In a game that was closely contested it was West Ham’s set pieces that separated the two teams.

Denmark’s Christen Eriksen has been Tottenham’s most successful summer signing and continued his form making three attacking contributions (shots on target, crosses, dribbles and assists), the most in the team.  The Dane also made the most passes (28) showing he will be key to Tottenham’s success next season.

Tottenham were unable to create many clear-cut chances in the game against the Hammers.  The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that Spurs only provided two crosses in the whole game and only three shots on target.  Defender, Danny Rose, showed his ability in attack and defence against West Ham with two shots and also 12 defensive contributions, only bettered by Kyle Naughton.

Paul Lambert’s side secured Premier League status against Hull last weekend with a 3-1 win.  That was their first win in seven matches, however they could not continue their winning run against a rampant Manchester City on Wednesday night.  Villa held off City for the first half but the floodgates opened on 79 minutes with Dzeko scoring the first of four goals.

Villa spent most of the game keeping Man City at bay and managed only one shot throughout the whole game, which was off target.  Against Hull it was Andreas Weimann who scored two of the three goals and with six attacking contributions, no Villa player created more chances.  He had a much quieter night against City but still made the most attacking contributions (2).

Fabian Delph is a contender for Aston Villa’s player of the season with solid performances all year.  The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows Delph has played a key role in Villa’s midfield and made the most passes against Hull (26) and against Man City (14).

In the centre of defence Ron Vlaar made 13 defensive contributions against City.  The club’s captain has been solid in defence this season and has made the most defensive contributions all season (349).  Vlaar will want his side to improve next season to ensure they do not get dragged into the relegation fight again.

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