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  • October 7, 2012
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
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Premier League Preview: Tottenham - Aston Villa

Andre Villas-Boas' men are in solid league form having beaten Manchester United last weekend, while Paul Lambert's side is 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 Panathinaikos 1-1 in Greece on Thursday.

Brad Friedel should return in goal for what would be his 311th-straight Premier League appearance, 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 two weeks away from a first-team return. William Gallas should continue start at left back.

Aston Villa welcomes the return of center back Richard Dunne after a long spell on the sidelines (groin), and he should partner with Ron Vlaar at the heart of the defense.

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

  DID YOU KNOW
  • Tottenham is on an excellent domestic run against Villa, having not lost in its last seven matches against the Midlands outfit, winning four games and drawing three.
  • The North London side's home form is not too shabby either - the club has won 14 and lost just two of its last 21 matches at White Hart Lane.
  • Spurs have conceded the highest proportion of second-half goals in the Premier League this season (88 percent).
  • Aston Villa on the other hand is enduring a torrid ruin of form, winning just one of its last 16 Premier League games.
  • Paul Lambert's side has only scored five goals in its 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
5Michael DawsonDefender
8Tom HuddlestoneMidfielder
-Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
17Andros TownsendMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
-Iago FalquéStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
4Ron VlaarDefender
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
29Joseph 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

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