- Aston Villa vs Spurs

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Sunday 2 November 2014 | Villa Park | Kick-off 16:00

Aston Villa
Aston Villa
0 - 0
Spurs
Spurs

Fixture change notice

This fixture was arranged to be played at Villa Park on Saturday 1 November 2014 at 15:00. Due to live broadcasting on Sky Sports it has been moved to a new scheduled date Sunday 2 November 2014 at 16:00.

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Match preview

Paul Lambert is confident Aston Villa can end a five-match run of failing to score when they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Villa Park on Sunday.

After 10 points from their opening four matches, ending with Gabriel Agbonlahor's strike sealing a 1-0 win at Liverpool on 13 September, Villa have yet to add to their points tally or find the net since. Their winless run has included encounters with Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton, who all finished in the Barclays Premier League’s top five last season, and Lambert is expecting another tough test this weekend.

"Not scoring goals has hurt us, but it will come," Lambert said. "Tottenham Hotspur are not hitting the heights of what they expect, but they are still a really good side.

"They were up there last year in the top bracket and I'm under no illusions how tough it will be."

Spurs are also looking to arrest a poor run of recent form, having picked up just one win from their last seven league fixtures.

After losing 2-1 at home to Newcastle United last weekend, Spurs booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup with a 2-0 victory against Brighton & Hove Albion, and Mauricio Pochettino believes his Spurs side can improve their league form.

"It was an important result against Brighton to recover our confidence and belief," he told tottenhamhotspur.com. "We wanted to get into the next round of the Capital One Cup and now we all look forward to Aston Villa.

"We played well for the first 45 minutes against Newcastle, but we had a lack of concentration at the beginning of the second half and that changed the game. After that, it was difficult. It's important that the players realise the situation and what we need to improve. It's always good to be honest.

"Maybe it's a tough period, but the only way to move forward is to work hard every day and believe and I believe in our skill, our way and our philosophy."

Villa discovered on Friday that Alan Hutton (ankle) will be sidelined for a fortnight, joining Fabian Delph (shoulder), Philippe Senderos (thigh) and Libor Kozak (leg) in the Villa Park treatment room.

Etienne Capoue (knee) and Aaron Lennon (hamstring) face late fitness tests for Spurs, while Nabil Bentaleb (ankle) and Kyle Walker (pelvis) remain out.

Aston Villa (from): Given, Guzan, Bacuna, Baker, Clark, Lowton, Okore, Vlaar, Cleverley, Cole, Grealish, N'Zogbia, Richardson, Sanchez, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Bent, Benteke, Burke, Weimann.

Tottenham Hotspur (from): Friedel, Lloris, Vorm, Chiriches, Davies, Dier, Fazio, Kaboul, Naughton, Rose, Veljkovic, Vertonghen, Capoue, Ceballos, Chadli, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon, Mason, Paulinho, Stambouli, Townsend, Adebayor, Kane, Soldado.

Match Appointments
Referee: Neil Swarbrick. Assistants: S Long, A Halliday. Fourth Official: R Madley

Pre-match stats: Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Aston Villa have scored just one goal in their last six BPL matches against Tottenham Hotspur, failing to score in the last four meetings in a row.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor has scored more goals against Aston Villa (seven) than versus any other opponent in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Adebayor has netted four in four Premier League starts for Spurs against the Villans.
  • Spurs have won eight and lost none of the last 11 Premier League matches against Aston Villa (D3).
  • Aston Villa have become the ninth different side to lose five successive BPL matches without scoring a single goal. The record is seven (Ipswich Town in 1995).
  • Andreas Weimann has played a hand in 75% of Villa's league goals so far this season, scoring two and assisting another.
  • Spurs have scored more goals in the opening 30 minutes of their matches (five) than Paul Lambert's men have managed all season (four).

Current form

Last six matches

lost

2 - 0 v QPR (A) 27 Oct 2014

lost

3 - 0 v Everton (A) 18 Oct 2014

lost

0 - 2 v Man City (H) 04 Oct 2014

lost

3 - 0 v Chelsea (A) 27 Sep 2014

lost

0 - 3 v Arsenal (H) 20 Sep 2014

won

0 - 1 v Liverpool (A) 13 Sep 2014
Last win/defeat

won

0 - 1 v Liverpool (A) 13 Sep 2014

lost

2 - 0 v QPR (A) 27 Oct 2014

Current form

Last six matches

lost

1 - 2 v Newcastle (H) 26 Oct 2014

lost

4 - 1 v Man City (A) 18 Oct 2014

won

1 - 0 v Southampton (H) 05 Oct 2014

drawn

1 - 1 v Arsenal (A) 27 Sep 2014

lost

0 - 1 v West Brom (H) 21 Sep 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Sunderland (A) 13 Sep 2014
Last win/defeat

won

1 - 0 v Southampton (H) 05 Oct 2014

lost

1 - 2 v Newcastle (H) 26 Oct 2014

Last corresponding meeting

Aston Villa Spurs

Sun 20 Oct 2013 | Villa Park | Attendance: 35,391

Aston Villa 0 - 2 Spurs
  • Andros Townsend (31)
  • Roberto Soldado (69)
  Possession
Aston Villa 37%
Spurs 63%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Aston Villa 2 11
Spurs 6 6
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Aston Villa 13 3 0
Spurs 12 4 0
Total 25 7 0
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Fixture change history

Changed from To Reason for change
Sat 1 Nov 2014 15:00 Sun 2 Nov 2014 16:00 Live broadcasting on Sky Sports

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