Saturday sees one of the most played Premier League fixtures ever- Tottenham and Aston Villa being two of only seven teams to have been present in every Premiership season since 1992/93 (the others being the Big Four plus Everton).
In 34 games there have been 83 goals, 39 of them to Spurs. There have been 9 Tottenham wins, 13 Villa wins and 12 draws, which isnâ€™t bad considering Spurs had to wait till October 1996 for their first Premier League victory over the Claret and Blues.
There has only been one 0-0 in the last 15 games and during that time fans have been treating to a thrilling 4-4 draw at White Hart Lane on Tottenhamâ€™s 125th anniversary and a 5-1 thrashing at the end of the 2005 season.
In what is becoming a running theme of Tottenham games, late and early goals seem to be the order of the day. 14 of the last 35 goals have been in the first or last ten minutes.
The Midlands club seems to be a favourite of Jermaine Defoe. The Premier Leagueâ€™s top scorer has scored three goals in his last three matches against Martin Oâ€™Neillâ€™s side.
Peter Crouch will be hoping to score against the club for whom he scored 6 goals in 42 games. On the subject of journeyman strikers, five of the last seven Lilywhite goalscorers are now no longer with the club.
Matches between these two seem to be even tempered affairs with only 2 red cards issued in over 3000 minutes of Premiership football.
Finally, the last three times that the first Tottenham/Aston Villa match of the season was at Villa Park, Spurs finished above Villa and the last two times, finished in their highest ever position. Fingers crossed!
By Jamie Frier
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