Spurs v Aston Villa Match Preview

Tottenham welcome Villa to North London, looking to return to winning ways and to the summit of the Premier League table on Sunday afternoon.

The return of Premier League football is coming this weekend, and the first game following the final international break of 2023 will see Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs side face an in-form Aston Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Lilywhites have had a great start to the season, and they are currently sitting in fourth place with 26 points – only 2 off league leaders Manchester City. Postecoglou’s Lilywhites will also want to avenge recent defeats against Chelsea and Wolves.

Tottenham had a tremendous unbeaten run to start the season, winning eight and drawing two of their opening ten matches. They had avoided defeat all this time – and the run started on the opening day visit to Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium, where they drew 2 – 2. Cristian Romero (11’) and Emerson Royal (45+4’) scored for Spurs, with Bryan Mbeumo (27’ – Penalty) and Yoane Wissa finding the back of the net for the Thomas Frank’s team.

A first win of the Premier League season came in their following match, a first home game of the season against Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United. It was a comfortable 2 – 0 win, where Pape Matar Sarr (49’) and an own goal from Reds central defender Lisandro Martinez (83’) ensured all three points would be going the way of the North London side. This was a statement win for Ange Postecoglou and his side.

After seeing out another comfortable 2 – 0 win, this time on the South Coast against Andoni Iraola’s AFC Bournemouth, Tottenham secured what is so far their most emphatic win of the 2023/24 campaign so far at Turf Moor against Vincent Kompany’s newly promoted Burnley in early September.

The score line at full time was 5 – 2, with Son Heung-Min scoring a hat-trick (16’, 63’, 66’), Cristian Romero making it two goals in three Premier League matches (45+2’), and James Maddison scoring his first goal since his summer move from Leicester City (54’).

A tense 2 – 1 victory at home against another newly promoted Premier League side, this time in the form of Paul Heckingbottom’s Sheffield United, came next before an entertaining 2 – 2 draw in the North London Derby at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal. Son Heung-Min (42’, 55’) scored the goal for Spurs, whilst the Gunners’ goals came through a Cristian Romero own goal (26’) and a penalty from Bukayo Saka (54’).

Tottenham Hotspur got yet another win in their next Premier League game, and this one in particular grabbed the attention of fans and neutrals alike. It was a statement 2 – 1 turnaround victory against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 30th September. Son Heung-Min scored the opening goal in the latter stages of the first half (36’) before Cody Gakpo equalised in stoppage time (45+4’). It was parity at half-time.

Liverpool had been reduced to ten men when Curtis Jones was sent off just before Son scored the opening goal of the game (26’).

With both sides having chances to score the winning goal, it eventually turned out to be Tottenham who would do so in the sixth minute of stoppage time through an own goal from Reds central defender Joel Matip (90+6’).

After a 1 – 0 win against Rob Edwards’ Luton Town at Kenilworth Road (courtesy of a Micky Van de Ven goal – 52’), there were two consecutive wins against two fellow London sides. First came Fulham, who were beaten 2 – 0 in North London (Son Heung-Min, 36’ & James Maddison, 54’), before Crystal Palace were beaten 2 – 1 at Selhurst Park a week later, with Son (66’) and an own goal from Joel Ward securing the points. Jordan Ayew got the only goal for Roy Hodgson’s Eagles in second-half stoppage time (90+4’).

Then came two consecutive Premier League defeats against rivals Chelsea (1 – 4) and Wolves (2 – 1) before the November international break, the final one until March 2024, got underway.

Now we move on to Tottenham Hotspur’s first game post-international break against Unai Emery’s Aston Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, 26th November. Kick-off is at 14:00.

Over the years, these two clubs have played against each other no less than 172 times in all competitions as of the time of writing. Tottenham has a superior record of 77 wins compared to Aston Villa’s 59. So far, there have been 36 draws between Spurs and Villa.

Spurs’ last game against Villa saw them lose 2 – 1 on 13th May 2023. The most recent win for Tottenham against the Villans came on 9th April 2022, when they won 4 – 0 at Villa Park, with the goals coming thanks to a Son Heung-Min hat-trick (3’, 66’, 71’) and a goal from Dejan Kulusevski (50’).

Excitement is building ahead of a match between 4th and 5th in the Premier League table. Tottenham could go back to the top with a win should results go their way, but they will, at the very least, remain in the top four should they collect all three points on Sunday. As for Villa, they can leapfrog their North London counterparts into 4th place with a win.

The next game for Ange Postecoglou’s side will be away from home against reigning Premier League Champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, 3rd December. The next home game after that is against David Moyes’ West Ham United on Thursday 7th December 2023 (20:15 Kick-Off).

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