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Aston Villa are on 16 points through 29 games. They’ll probably need to more than double that total in nine matches to stay up. But a visit from high-flying Tottenham isn’t a great way to start that.

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Hey everyone! Remember the Adebayor Cup? Yeah? Let’s see how our little competition with Tottenham Hotspur supporters is going…

P Goals GD Pts
2 Tottenham 29 51:24 27 55
20 Aston Villa 29 22:55 -33 16

Oh, that’s just lovely.

What to know about Villa

Nothing you don’t already know. The club is in a shambolic state — this is the first I’ve felt motivated enough to write about them in a long time — and despite the bumbling inability of Norwich City, Newcastle United and Sunderland to move away from the relegation scrap, Villa ain’t making any move toward safety.

That’s probably one of the more maddening things about this: Every other side in the Premier League this season has shown performances markedly above their standard at various points in time. Over 29 matches, Villa… hasn’t. Really once.

In order to save itself from relegation, Villa will likely need no fewer than six wins from nine. They’ve won three in 29. Shut it down and don’t worry about this crap any more.

On the positive side, the IndyCar season starts a half hour after Villa start, so it’ll be a perfect chance to change the channel after we concede the 2-0 goal.

What to know about Spurs

Truth be told, I’ve been extremely impressed with a Tottenham side I thought wouldn’t be good enough to sniff the top four. Looked at them last year as a bit of a fluke, but they’re playing some top football and I’d love to see them walk away with the title at season’s end.

I’ll say the same thing I always do with the top clubs; that every player in Poche’s XI on Sunday would walk into Villa’s squad. And probably his bench. And maybe his youth academy.

Villa blow, man.

The odds

WHY WOULD YOU BET ANYTHING OTHER THAN A SPURS WIN? TAKE THE FREE MONEY. I DON’T CARE WHAT THE ODDS ACTUALLY ARE.

The prediction

Seriously? This team has quit — no two ways about it. Sunday’s gonna be a show of whether or not the visitors have mercy. I say they have a bit in a 3-0 Tottenham win.