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Premier League

  • December 26, 2012
  • • 17:30
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 36863

Aston Villa - Tottenham Preview: Hosts look to bounce back after Chelsea thrashing

Aston Villa - Tottenham Preview: Hosts look to bounce back after Chelsea thrashing

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The West Midlands outfit have a point to prove after losing 8-0 to the Blues, while Spurs will also seek to finish off their chances after a stalemate against Stoke

Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Lichaj
Albrighton, Ireland, Delph, Holman
Benteke, Weimann

Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen
Lennon, Sandro, Dembele, Bale
Defoe, Adebayor

Both sides will be seeking goals this Boxing Day after their lack of firepower last time out and changes in formation could be the key for a cracker of a game.

Paul Lambert could welcome back forward Gabriel Agbonlahor after missing the Liverpool and Chelsea clashes with a thigh muscle strain, though Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke will most likely start up front.

Ron Vlaar will be looking to make a return and improve Villa's defence after the Dutchman missed the last six games with a calf injury.

Andre Villas-Boas will still be without attacking midfielder Clint Dempsey as the American remains sidelined with a groin injury.

Scott Parker could start for Spurs after impressing from the bench during the goalless draw with Stoke.

  • The two sides met in October when Steven Caulker and Aaron Lennon bagged the goals in a 2-0 win for Tottenham.
  • Andreas Weimann (right) has scored five goals in his last seven games for Aston Villa in all competitions.
  • If every Premier League match this season finished after 80 minutes, Spurs would currently be the league leaders. Spurs have conceded 10 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches so far this term.
  • Tottenham have the highest percentage of shots from outside the penalty area in the Premier League this season (64 per cent).
  • Villa have scored a league low number of goals (15), level with QPR and Stoke.
  • Spurs have won half of their away games (4 from 8) with no draws, scoring in every game on the road.

Players to watch

C. Benteke

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Belgium international has made a quite a mark in his debut season for Villa, netting 5 goals in the league so far this term. He will be determined to balance Villa's hindered goal difference by using his pace, power while linking with fellow forward Weimann.

A. Lennon

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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With Villa's full-backs having a nightmare during the weekend at Stamford Bridge, Lennon has the pace and trickery to change the momentum of the game to tear apart the back four. Villas-Boas is likely to intstruct the England international to make as many direct runs as possible whether it be on the counter or during controlled possession

Editor's Prediction

Both sides need to win this game to regain momentum within the league and will likely go all out. Expect an attacking display from both of these Premier League veterans with plenty of counter-attacking and fast-paced action. It will be a close one but Tottenham have the edge when it comes to strength in depth and, with options off the bench, Villas-Boas' men should sneak it in a high-scoring Christmas cracker.

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