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  • 21 November 2011
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Tottenham - Aston Villa Preview: Hosts look to continue eight-match unbeaten Premier League streak

In-form Spurs could welcome back boss Harry Redknapp to the dugout on Monday night when they take on a Villa side who have only won once on their last 11 visits to White Hart Lane


PROBABLE LINEUPS

TOTTENHAM

Friedel
Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto
Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale
Van der Vaart
Adebayor
ASTON VILLA

Given
Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock
N'Zogbia, Petrov, Herd, Agbonlahor
Heskey, Bent

Tottenham are sweating on the fitness of Rafael van der Vaart after the Dutchman sustained a hamstring injury on international duty, but he remains likely to start just behind Emmanuel Adebayor.

That aside, boss Harry Redknapp should keep his faith in the players responsible for Spurs’ recent good form in the league, with Younes Kaboul once again partnering Ledley King in the heart of defence in the absence of injured duo Michael Dawson and William Gallas.

Visitors Aston Villa have their own injury worries, but both Gabriel Agbonlahor and captain Stilian Petrov are expected to overcome their respective knocks in time to take the field.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Tottenham have not lost to Aston Villa in the last five meetings between the sides, winning three times and drawing twice.
  • Aston Villa have won only once on their last 11 visits to White Hart Lane.
  • Tottenham have gone eight games unbeaten in the Premier League since losing 5-1 to Manchester City in August, dropping just two points in the process.
  • Aston Villa have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight Premier League matches.
  • After scoring three times in his first two appearances for Spurs, Emmanuel Adebayor (pictured right) has now failed to find the next in his last six games.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has either scored or assisted nine of Aston Villa’s 16 Premier League goals this season.
  • Alex McLeish has yet to taste victory against Harry Redknapp. The pair have faced each other on five occasions, with Redknapp triumphing three times, including a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane on the final day of last season which relegated McLeish’s Birmingham City side.
  • Tottenham have not lost a single game in 2011 when captain Ledley King has played.

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Available Squads
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
4Younes KaboulDefender
20Ledley KingDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
13William GallasDefender
5S. BassongDefender
30SandroMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
18Jermain DefoeStriker
17Giovani dos SantosStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
6Alan HuttonDefender
13Stephen WarnockDefender
5Richard DunneDefender
19James CollinsDefender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
19Stilian PetrovMidfielder
17Chris HerdMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
-Emile HeskeyStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
32Stephen IrelandMidfielder
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
10Andreas WeimannStriker
Players to Watch
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Perhaps a victim of his own astonishing success against Inter last season, Bale endured such an unspectacular first half of 2011 that many were surprised when he was nevertheless awarded the PFA Player of the Year award in May.

But a summer-long rest appears to have recharged the flying Welshman’s batteries. He is showing greater consistency so far this term, and has the pace and crossing ability to destroy any defence.
Gabriel Agbonlahor
Gabriel Agbonlahor
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Regarded somewhat unfairly in some quarters as merely a speed merchant, Agbonlahor appears to be the one Villa player this season who has risen to the task of assuming the creative burden previously shouldered by Ashley Young and Stewart Downing.

Searing pace is undeniably his main asset, but Agbonlahor also possesses the skill, awareness and eye for goal to carry a threat from both central and wide areas.

Moreover, the understanding he has forged with Darren Bent means the Spurs defence cannot afford to switch off on Monday night.
Prediction
Villa will not be able to cope with the kind of fast start Spurs are famed for making at White Hart Lane, and the hosts will likely do the decisive damage in the early stages.
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