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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Spurs v Aston Villa, 11.04.15

Last Season's Corresponding Game - Spurs 3 Villa 0
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Full Record of Spurs -v- Aston Villa

Prem          Pl  W  D  L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          22 11  7  4   35 -22  40
Away          23  6  8  9   25 -27  26
Total(Prem)   45 17 15 13   60 -49  66
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)   45 17 15 13   60 -49  66
Total(Div 1)  94 42 17 35  171-152 110
Total(Div 2)   4  1  2  1    5 - 6   4
Grand Total  143 60 34 49  236-205 180

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs     -    DWWLWD

Spurs      2-2   West Ham
Spurs      3-2   Swansea
QPR        1-2   Spurs
Man Utd    3-0   Spurs
Spurs      4-3   Leicester
Burnley    0-0   Spurs

A. Villa  -    LWWLLD

Newcastle  1-0   A. Villa
A. Villa   2-1   West Brom
S'derland  0-4   A. Villa
A. Villa   0-1   Swansea
Man Utd    3-1   A. Villa
A. Villa   3-3   QPR

Pos            P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs     31 16  6  9  50-45   5   54 
16. A. Villa  32  7  8 17  23-45 -22   29

Let's have no happy return for Tim!

Tomorrow sees the return of former head coach Tim Sherwood to White Hart Lane. Tim was appointed by Aston Villa on 14th February. Since his appointment, Villa have scored 15 goals in 9 games, which equals the number of goals they scored in all competitions under Paul Lambert's leadership in the first 28 games of the season. That's quite an incredible statistic in itself, and verifies Sherwood's commitment towards attacking football, which we experienced when he was in charge from mid-December 2013 until the end of last season.

Sherwood was appointed with Villa sinking towards the bottom three, vowing to rescue them from the dreaded oblivion, which appeared to be on the horizon. Before he even fully took control, his team beat local rivals Leicester in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and they have reached the FA Cup semi-final. They will face Liverpool at Wembley, and will be hoping for their first FA Cup Final appearance since 2000, when they were beaten by Chelsea. Villa fans live in hope of a first FA Cup Final win since 1957, but Premier League survival has to be the priority.

So far, Villa have won only two Premier League games out of seven with Sherwood in charge. He had a reunion with Chris Ramsey on Tuesday night in a crucial relegation battle, which ended in a 3-3 draw, with the re-vitalised Christian Benteke scoring a hat-trick, including the late equaliser from a free kick. Benteke has scored 7 goals for Villa under Sherwood, who has sometimes played Agbonlahor up front as well. The draw against QPR means that Villa are still immersed in the fight for survival with six games remaining.

That QPR game was played in advance of FA Cup semi-final week-end. Villa still have to play Manchester City (A), Everton (H) and Southampton (A). Villa fans must feel really tense at the very real prospect of finally slipping out of the Premier League having been ever-presents (like Spurs) from day one.

Sherwood has had to cope with a number of injuries in recent games, but some of those casualties may return for tomorrow's key game. As he showed at Spurs, Tim has not been afraid to give youth a chance, and on Tuesday night, 19 year old midfielder Jack Grealish made his first Premier League start. The latest Physio Room information suggests that Scott Sinclair, Ashley Westwood, and former Spur Alan Hutton are all out for another week.

It was Sherwood who gave Harry Kane his first Premier League start. Harry scored his first Premier League goal under Sherwood. Nabil Bentaleb was accused by some Spurs fans of being Sherwood's "love-child", but again, Sherwood gave him his debut, and kept faith in a young player who has now also become a fixture in the Spurs side, and had a successful World Cup with Algeria last summer.

Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal of this season in our away game at Villa Park. It could not have been more dramatic either, as he scored a 90th minute winner from a free kick. Harry didn't make his first League start of this season until the following week against Stoke, but currently stands as joint top league goal scorer, with the injured Diego Costa.

So, Tim knows all about virtually all the Spurs players, but will he have learnt much about the way we will play after last week's stalemate at Turf Moor?

A more positive stance is surely required from Pochettino in this game, which is one of only three home games remaining. Surely Dembele will replace Paulinho, and perhaps Townsend or Lamela will start to offer some width and/or the ability to carry the ball past opponents.

At the time of writing, there is no official team news, but both Hugo Lloris and Kyle Walker must be doubtful with their injuries. That means another start for Michel Vorm and possibly Vlad Chiriches at right back with Jan Vertonghen returning from illness.

We've got a great recent record against Villa, having won our last 6 games against them, with an aggregate score in our favour of 17-1. Last year's home game was our last match of the season, and finished 3-0 in our favour, with all goals scored in the first half.

I expect it to be quite an open and attacking game, which should be good for the crowd. I'm going for the usual 2-1 for Spurs!

Tomorrow's match referee is Lee Probert, who we haven't seen since beating Fulham 3-1 at home last April. Mr Probert refereed last years FA Cup Final, but only started officiating English league games again in December. His only previous Premier League game this season was last week's 4-1 win by QPR at West Brom.

10 years ago, almost to the day, Jermain Defoe scored in a 1-0 win over Newcastle. Sound familiar? Defoe did the same last week, but for Sunderland.

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