Welcome to our preview of Aston Villa’s home game at Villa Park in which they will be facing Tottenham Hotspur. The away side will hope to get back to winning ways in their pursuit of a top four finish, while Aston Villa will hope to continue the promising form that they showed before the international break.

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Previous Meetings

League Cup – 24th Sep 2013 – Aston Villa 0 – 4 Tottenham
Premier League – 26th Dec 2012 – Aston Villa 0 – 4 Tottenham
Premier League – 7th Oct 2012 – Tottenham 2 – 0 Aston Villa
Premier League – 6th May 2012 – Aston Villa 1 – 1 Tottenham
Premier League – 22nd Nov 2011 – Tottenham 2 – 0 Aston Villa
Premier League – 26th Dec 2010 – Aston Villa 1 – 2 Tottenham

Goals Scored

Aston Villa have scored 9 goals in the Premier League, whereas despite winning four games, Tottenham have scored just 6.

Goals Conceded

Aston Villa have conceded 8 goals so far this season, whereas Tottenham have conceded 5.

Team and Selection News

Having lost at home rather dramatically to West Ham United in their previous fixture, Tottenham might ring the changes for this tricky looking away fixture. Jermain Defoe is likely to step down from the starting eleven, with Roberto Soldado highly likely to return up front. Elsewhere, £30 million signing Erik Lamela may earn a starting berth, and Andre Villas-Boas may be tempted to make changes at the back, where Benoit Assou-Ekotto may earn a recall. Villa are unlikely to make many changes to the team which picked up four point from the two Premier League games before the international window, but this may be dependent on injuries sustained during a busy international programme.

Conclusion

Villa are one of the most difficult teams to predict in the Premier League, whereas Spurs suffered one of the surprise results of the season last time out. Thus, this is a tricky one to predict, but I think Villa’s game is somewhat more suited to counter-attacking away from home, and I fancy Spurs might nick a narrow win here.