Confirmed teamsheets: Tottenham vs Aston Villa

Written by Dan on November 21, 2011

Remember the Premier League? Yeah, we’re finally back in action tonight for our first league game under the floodlights of 2011/12. Returning to White Hart Lane also happens to be significant for Alex McLeish, but that’s not something we wish to dwell on.

Truth is, coming back from North London with a point has generally been a decent result for us in the past, you’ll do well to find many Villa fans optimistic about grabbing something tonight. Football’s not always predictable – if it was, we wouldn’t watch – so you never know, maybe this is where we demonstrate a new found ability to grind something out.

Alan Hutton returns to his former employers and could have a point to prove. Darren Bent is also never short of motivation to do well on his return to the Lane. Jermaine Jenas is ineligible to play against his parent club. Gabby has been declared fit though.

With Harry Redknapp back on the touchline, here’s how the two managers are setting their sides out. The rumour ahead of kick off was that Hutton would be deployed as a right midfielder with Carlos Cuellar brought in at right back to combat the threat of Gareth Bale down that side. The team sheet would lend some credibility to that, but we’ll have to see how they’re actually deployed.

Tottenham Aston Villa
24 Brad Friedel Shay Given 1
28 Kyle Walker Carlos Cuellar 24
26 Ledley King James Collins 6
4 Younès Kaboul Richard Dunne 5
32 Benoît Assou-Ekotto Stephen Warnock 3
7 Aaron Lennon Alan Hutton 2
8 Scott Parker Chris Herd 31
14 Luka Modrić Stiliyan Petrov 19
11 Rafael van der Vaart Emile Heskey 18
3 Gareth Bale Gabriel Agbonlahor 11
10 Emmanuel Adebayor Darren Bent 9
Substitutes Substitutes
23 Carlo Cudicini Brad Guzan 22
19 Sébastien Bassong Ciaran Clark 21
13 William Gallas Fabian Delph 16
30 Sandro Barry Bannan 25
17 Giovani dos Santos Stephen Ireland 7
40 Steven Pienaar Charles N’Zogbia 10
18 Jermain Defoe Andreas Weimann 26

Castrol Football Prediction


Pld W D L F A GD GFA GAA PpG Pts Rank
THFC last 4 home 4 3 0 1 10 7 3 2.5 1.75 2.25 9 7
AVFC last 5 away 5 0 4 1 6 9 -3 1.2 1.8 0.8 4 14

Last 10 results for this fixture:

League Season Result Manager
Premier League 2001/02 D 0-0 John Gregory
Premier League 2002/03 L 0-1 Graham Taylor
Premier League 2003/04 L 1-2 David O’Leary
Premier League 2004/05 L 1-5 David O’Leary
Premier League 2005/06 D 0-0 David O’Leary
Premier League 2006/07 L 1-2 Martin O’Neill
Premier League 2007/08 D 4-4 Martin O’Neill
Premier League 2008/09 W 2-1 Martin O’Neill
Premier League 2009/10 D 0-0 Martin O’Neill
Premier League 2010/11 L 1-2 Gerard Houllier