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  • 7 October 2012
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Tottenham - Aston Villa Preview: Spurs aiming for seventh win in eight Premier League matches

Andre Villas-Boas' men are in a rich vein of form having beaten Manchester United last weekend while Paul Lambert's side are hopeful of rectifying a poor record against Spurs

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

TOTTENHAM

Friedel
Walker, Vertonghen, Caulker, Gallas
Sandro, Dembele
Lennon, Dempsey, Bale
Defoe
ASTON VILLA

Guzan
Lowton, Vlaar, Dunne, Bennett
N'Zogbia, Delph, Holman, Albrighton
Bent, Agbonlahor


Tottenham look set to make changes from the side that drew 1-1 in Greece against Panathinaikos on Thursday evening.

Brad Friedel should return in goal, with Hugo Lloris once more prevented from making his Premier League debut.

The game will come too soon for Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) who is still a fortnight away from a first-team return. William Gallas should continue to deputise at left-back.

Aston Villa welcome back centre-back Richard Dunne after a long lay off (groin) and he should partner Ron Vlaar at the heart of the defence.

After impressive cameos in the 1-1 draw against West Brom last week, Charles N'Zogbia and Darren Bent look set to be handed a starting place, with Bent in particular hoping to rediscover his goalscoring touch.

  DID YOU KNOW
  • Tottenham are on an excellent domestic run against Villa, having lost none of their last seven matches against the Midlands outfit, winning four and drawing three
  • The north London side's home form is not too shabby either - they've won 14 and lost just two of their last 21 matches at White Hart Lane.
  • Spurs have conceded the highest proportion of second-half goals in the Premier League this season (88%).
  • Aston Villa on the other hand are enduring a torrid ruin of form, winning just one of their last 16 Premier League games.
  • Indeed Paul Lambert's side have only scored five goals in their last 11 away Premier League fixtures
  • Villa will be hoping Emmanuel Adebayor (pictured) does not feature on Sunday - the Spurs forward has notched six goals in eight starts against the Midlands side

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Available Squads
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
5Jan VertonghenDefender
13William GallasDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
45Steven CaulkerDefender
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
19Mousa DembéléMidfielder
30SandroMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
18Jermain DefoeStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
20Michael DawsonDefender
8Tom HuddlestoneMidfielder
-Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
17Andros TownsendMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
27Iago FalquéStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
4Ron VlaarDefender
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
3Joseph BennettDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
8Karim El AhmadiMidfielder
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
20C. BentekeStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
43Eric LichajDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
Players to Watch
Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Much maligned for his failure to bring in a striker during the transfer window, Andre Villas-Boas must be delighted with the form Jermain Defoe has started the season in.

The forward has rediscovered his scoring touch, having seen first-team opportunities limited last season, notching four goals in six games at the start of the new campaign.

And Defoe, despite being deployed as a lone front-man, will be looking to add to his tally against Villa on Sunday.

Darren Bent
Darren Bent
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 39
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

With Villa struggling for goals at the start of the season, it came as a welcome relief to manager Paul Lambert in seeing Darren Bent net the club's equaliser against West Brom last Sunday.

The former Sunderland striker saw his Villa captaincy given to new signing Ron Vlaar in an attempt to focus his mind on goal scoring but has had his opportunities limited to a substitute role.

But after last week's game-changing introduction, Bent will be aiming to kick on and provide a further reminder to Lambert of his striking talents.

Prediction

Tottenham have begun to show signs that Andre Villas-Boas is working his magic in recent weeks - the stunning 3-2 defeat of Manchester United (their first at Old Trafford since 1989) the strongest indication of that resurgence.

And with Villa only taking five points from 18 available at the start of the season, in addition to their recent record against Spurs, it could well be another comfortable victory for the north London side on Sunday.

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