Spurs Seek To Keep Up With Pacesetters

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Jermaine Defoe picked up a double against Villa in the League Cup. Image courtesy of talksport.co.uk
Less than a month ago Tottenham Hotspur embarrassed Aston Villa 4-0 to power in to the fourth round of the League Cup. The teams meet again for premiership points on Monday morning (AEST), and last time these teams met at Villa Park in the EPL, the score last December was also 4-0 in favour of Spurs.

Spurs have managed to keep pace with the competition frontrunners throughout the early part of the season but the north London side was smashed 3-0 at White Hart Lane by near neighbour West Ham in the club’s last start before the international break. Spurs’ away form has been strong this season with 1-0 victories over Crystal Palace and Cardiff City while their only defeat came at the hands of rival Arsenal.

After a three-game losing streak early in the campaign, Villa is back on track after taking seven points from its last three games. That tally includes a 3-2 victory over Manchester City in its last start at its Birmingham home ground.

Spurs have scored the opening goal in five of their seven matches but Andre Villas-Boas’s side has struggled in the final half-hour of matches conceding four goals so far and scoring just one. Conversely, Villa has been scored against firstly in five of seven starts so far but the club’s for and against in the final 30 minutes is 5-2.

Aston Villa’s recent record against Tottenham in awful. The claret and blue haven’t knocked off Spurs since 2008, with the Londoners recording six wins and three draws in that time.

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