For many Spurs fans the less said about the ‘Hammering’ a week Sunday Sunday the better. Once the international games are out the way, attention is focused to the game at Villa Park. The last time Spurs met Villa in September during the Capital One Cup, Spurs proved to be completely in control with a 4-0 win.
However, the team we face this Sunday is going to be very different from the team met on that Tuesday evening. Firstly, we can be sure Villa will have Guzan endeavouring to keep a clean sheet in goal.
Additionally, the sharp end of the Villa attack will be strengthened not only with Agbonlahor, but possibly with a return for Benteke. If Spurs’ defence fails again for fifteen minutes, they can do considerable damage. In spite of his time off with injury, Benteke has scored 4 of Villa’s 9 Premier League goals this season.
Finally, Villa’s confidence will be running moderately high. Although they have not had the strongest of starts to this season they have managed, on opening day, to comprehensively defeat Arsenal. When facing Man City Villa got lucky, and held on to take an unexpected victory. They have proven that they can prevail against strong opposition. That being said both Chelsea and Liverpool put their defence to the sword without too much difficulty.
Spurs meanwhile have several players likely to return from injury and be available for selection. Danny Rose hopefully shall be back to his dangerous and dynamic self on the left. Capoue showed some real promise before his injury and, it seems likely, will be reintroduced in some form of other. Lennon probably will be available but will have done very well to get into the team over Lamela and Townsend.
Spurs have great quality in their team and should really be beating Villa, but then again West Ham should have been a doddle…
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