Spurs vs Aston Villa 2014
One more game under Paul Lambert? One more game under Randy Lerner? We’ll find out soon enough. Enjoy the last game of the terrible 2013/14 season, if you can. Three points please, just so we don’t have the embarrassment of finishing below 40 points twice in the last three seasons. If that’s not motivation enough, do it for the money. A win for Villa against Spurs could be worth an extra £3.6m, a draw £1.2m in Premier League prize money. UTV
Lambert on Villa
“Potentially this football club should be up there challenging the likes of Spurs and Everton.
“That’s how big the football club is, the magnitude of it. The fan base is huge.
“Any team that wins a European Cup should never be in the position of fighting relegation for four years.
“I’ve been here two years and it should never be in that position. It cannot keep doing what it’s doing.”
Sherwood on Villa clash
“It is a huge game. We want to finish with maximum points if possible, we know they are going to be tough, they carry a threat on the counter attack and are better away from home than they have been at home (sic).
“I will be guaranteeing to our fans that I will be selecting a team that want to play for Tottenham in this last game and want to be playing in the Europa League next season.”
Form is Temporary
15Th September 2008 Tottenham 1 Aston Villa 2
Goals from Reo-Coker and Ashley Young claimed the spoils in this match, which also featured a goal from Darren Bent for the home side.
Spurs – Last five matches at home: W 4, L 1
Villa – Last five matches away: L 5
Villa have lost three of the last five games at White Hart Lane.
One to Watch
Christian Eriksen – has proven to be one of the most consistent performers in Spur’s never-ending, constantly changing squad.
Facts to Sweep Under the Carpet
Despite being safe from relegation, there’s little to look forward to from Sunday’s game. While we have nothing but a few positions to play for, Spurs are seeking the Europa League. Sherwood praised our away form for some reason (five losses on the trot) and we’ve struggled against Spurs in our last four games against them. They’ve kept a clean sheet and won each time.
With injuries continuing to hamper Villa, our small squad will probably fail to strike fear into Spurs, who have seen 18 different players score this season.
What We Pray the Football Gods Will Provide
With clarification desperately required over who exactly is going to own our football club next season, all we can probably hope for is a good performance that hints at good things for next season – whatever the situation is. Grealish’s debut was one of few positives on Wednesday, and with hints that he’ll get more game time on Sunday it would be good to see him get a longer spell. If we do happen to win, we’ll be the fifth team in the Premiership to have picked up 500 points away – surely a rare positive record achievement is a good incentive?
Why Villa have got this game in the bag
Spurs have a good home record under Sherwood but they have been prone to the odd bad result. Needing only a draw tomorrow to get a Europa League spot, there’s a chance they will relax a little and give Villa the chance to hit them on the counter. We actually didn’t play too badly against Man City for the large part, and better teams have lost heavily at the Etihad, so this shouldn’t affect the players too much. We haven’t won against Spurs in ten league games astonishingly, and if Lambert is to leave, what better parting gift than a first Spurs win six years? With no pressure on, there’s no reason we can’t ensure Sherwood’s strange reign at Spurs ends badly. UTV.
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