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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Aston Villa v Spurs - 15.03.09

Last Year's Game - Villa 2 Spurs 1
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Aston Villa

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          17  7  6  4   26 -21  27
Away          16  1  6  9   11 -22   9
Total(Prem)   33  8 12 13   37 -43  36
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  47 25  6 16   99 -77  62
Away (Div 1)  47 17 11 19   72 -75  48
Total(Div 1)  94 42 17 35  171 -152 110 
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   2  1  1  0    4 - 3   3
Away (Div 2)   2  0  1  1    1 - 3   1
Total(Div 2)   4  1  2  1    5 - 6   4
Total(Prem)   33  8 12 13   37 -43  36
Total(Div 1)  94 42 17 35  171-152 110
Total(Div 2)   4  1  2  1    5 - 6   4
Grand Total  131 51 31 49  213-199 150

Last Six Premiership results:-

Aston Villa

P'tsmouth  0-1   A. Villa
A. Villa   0-0   Wigan
Blackburn  0-2   A. Villa
A. Villa   0-1   Chelsea
A. Villa   2-2   Stoke
Man City   2-0   A. Villa


Spurs      3-1   Stoke
Bolton     3-2   Spurs
Spurs      0-0   Arsenal
Hull       1-2   Spurs
Spurs      4-0   M'brough
S'derland  1-1   Spurs

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4 A. Villa  28 14  7  6  42-29  13  52
12 Spurs     28  8  8 12  33-33   0  32
Biggest Villa v Spurs game for years!

Arguably, this Sunday's Premier League game is the most important meeting between the two sides for 16 years. In March, 1993, Ron Atkinson's Villa hosted us at a time when they were at the top of the Premier League in its first season. Manchester United won the race for the first Premiership title by 10 points in the end, but Villa had spent a number of weeks during the season at the top of the pile. That was the situation on March 10th, 1993, and arguably Spurs were chasing a UEFA Cup place as they sat in 8th place going into the game.

The game ended in a stalemate, despite the presence of Villa's top scorer Dean Saunders, and Spurs' top scorer, Teddy Sheringham. Another Villa striker, Dalian Atkinson was out injured for that game, but ran Saunders close for the Villa league top scoring honour.

It is interesting to note that 12 of the teams in that season's Premier League no longer play at that level. One no longer exists in name,(Wimbledon), two are in League One (Leeds and Oldham) and the rest are in The Championship, with some of those currently struggling to retain that status. The top six at the end of 1992-93 included Norwich and Queens Park Rangers. Sheffield Wednesday finished one place above Spurs in seventh.

This Sunday (precisely 6 months since Villa beat us 2-1 at White Hart Lane) both sides have plenty to fight for in the Premier League. Villa first made it into the top four in September, but have established their position since December, at the expense of our hated rivals. However, Villa have lost their home form of late, losing one and drawing two of their last three home games. Their last home league win was two months ago against West Brom. Villa have also lost two and drawn one of their last three games, falling at Eastlands last week. Martin O'Neill took his squad for some respite in Dubai, and apparently they are refreshed and raring to go.

It is of course ironic that both these teams rested key players in the last round of the UEFA Cup, in order to focus on their league programme, in which one of them hopes to ualify for Europe again!

Spurs are in the top three of the current six-match Premier League form table, with three wins and two draws during that spell. Most importantly we gained 7 points from our last three games against Hull, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, all of whom feature in the bottom thirteen of the league. None of those teams, including 8th placed Man City can sit back just yet.

Blackburn's win last night at Craven Cottage has pulled Fulham back into the fray, whilst also putting the pressure back on Spurs, who face the prospect of Chelsea at home after this Sunday's game.

I have read comments to suggest that if Villa win on Sunday, we should be happy because it would make Arsenal's chances of re-gaining Champions League status that much harder. I hate the gooners as much as the next Spurs man or woman, but my only desire this Sunday is to see Spurs get a result.

Spurs will be refreshed too, after a welcome complete week off competitive football, which has been a rarity this season. When Spurs played Villa in September, Juande Ramos was resting Ledley King for the UEFA Cup, but now we have one game a week for the rest of the season, Harry Redknapp is hopeful that Ledley can play every game, so he may figure in this one. Apart from the long term absences of Jermain Defoe and Alan Hutton, Spurs have no injury problems. Both of these players are close to training again now. Defoe scored his last goal of his first spell at Tottenham in the last meeting between these two sides on New Year's Day 2008, when we lost 2-1.

Villa have a key defender who has a recurring knee injury. That is Danish International Martin Laursen, reported to be three weeks away from his next come-back game. Laursen however is the only key injury reported at this stage.

Spurs haven't beaten Villa since Boxing Day 2006, and it is over six years since we last won on their territory. If Villa do win this one, it will be their fiftieth league win over Spurs, in 132 meetings, and they will score their 200th goal in those matches in the process. The trouble is that over the 17 years of the Premier League, Villa have held superiority over Spurs, and it is a big, big ask for Spurs to get a result on Sunday. I would have to be satisfied with a draw, and think it could be a 1-1.

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