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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa: Open Match Thread

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

OVERALL: 3-2-1, +3 GD

POSITION: 7th

LAST 5: W-W-W-D-D


ASTON VILLA

OVERALL: 1-2-3, -4 GD

POSITION: 15th

LAST 5: D-L-W-D-L


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WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

  • Villa likes to press ahead with the fullbacks. Spurs have a whole lot of speed on the flanks. Ron Vlaar and Karim El Ahmadi are not especially fleet of foot. Ciaran Clark could be rather important.
  • Darren Bent, probably. I don't know, I hate this whole story, but something he does will probably be blown out of proportion. It's dumb, and it sucks, but it's a story.
  • Gareth Bale is kind of good. So he might be a thing that matters.
  • The central midfield battle is getting interesting. Lambert really seems to want to go with a double pivot, and against Spurs that makes a whole lot of sense. Fabian Delph was quite good against West Brom. But the team's potency in attack clearly takes a hit with one striker. The narrow 4-2-3-1 might be as close to a defensive option as we see from Lambert.