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Tottenham Hotspur
vs.
Aston Villa

White Hart Lane

01/10/07

2000

125 years ago someone unfortunately formed Tottenham Hotspur. They have since then, been largely disappointing. Aston Villa travel to London on the back of a Carling Cup disaster exit, looking to make amends.

Vital Quotes:

Tottenham's deathly looking Striker Dimitar Berbatov believes that if Spurs continue to work hard on the training ground, things will come good on the pitch.

Berbatov has scored just once this season, compared to his 23 goals last year and Spurs fans must be starting to wonder if he was a one-season player: ''I'll just keep working harder, keep pushing and pushing to get back among the goals. We stay after training to do extra shooting and the gaffer is working with us.

'If the team is winning though, it is good for me as well. You play your game through in your head and think over what you must do better.'


Spuds boss Martin Jol, who has had more replacements lined up for him than Avram Grant doesn't believe even 'The Special One' could do a better job at Spurs: 'I have to come up with the goods, that is what I have done,' said Jol, whose team are 18th in the Premier League.

'No one could've done better, I firmly believe that. Not even Mourinho.'

Sorry Martin but I think if we're all honest here, he probably could.

Meanwhile, at the Villa Park camp, where the players should have by now wiped the puzzled look off their faces following the Carling Cup exit, Martin O'Neill is looking to go back to basics in his quest for 3 points:

Speaking to avfc.co.uk O'Neill said: 'Spurs will be very difficult to beat and this will be a hard game for us. They have got a lot of quality players and they're capable of winning games - as they have proved.

'I think they have variety all over the place and once they get everybody fit they're as capable as any side outside the top-four. Obviously their ambition is to try and break into that. Who's to say they're not capable of doing that this season?'


Moving away from the David O'Leary school of praising the opposition however, he went on to add: 'We have to focus on the positive League form rather than last week's defeat against Leicester. Obviously that was disappointing, but we go back to our League form now.

'That's the lifeblood of the football club and we want to try and do well. We take the positives that we've won three out of four in the League and we should go into tonight's game with plenty of confidence.'


Noisy Nigel Reo-Coker believes confidence is higher than ever, proved by the fact that Olof Mellberg is now allowed to make fun of others.

The permission for the Swedish International to take the proverbial out of team-mates obviously becoming some kind of 'morale benchmark:'

Now even the quiet youngsters who are coming through, like Isaiah [Osbourne], they’re becoming more lively and everyone’s getting stuck in.

I’ve been letting Olof take the p*** out of me and the banter has risen up all around the training ground. It’s friendly and spicy and it’s what you need, a certain attitude, if you’re going to be a successful team.”

Tottenham Hotspur Team News:

The Beeb are reporting that Jermaine Jenas will be fit for the 125th anniversary special, overcoming his abdominal strain.

Centre-back rock Ledley King is still out of action as he lives a life of grapes-a-plenty following his knee surgery earlier this year.

Player to watch: Robbie Keane

It is rumoured that Doug Ellis refused to sign Keane from Coventry City once upon a time because the Sky Blues wanted Ellis to buy the first round or they wanted an extra 500,000, something like that.

Expect him to come back to haunt us, again.

Aston Villa Team News:

John Carew is the obvious injury woe for Villa and this is likely to mean that Gabriel Agbonlahor will start upfront, his preferred position.

Great news for Gabby who has looked pretty awful at times when out wide, even making me wonder once if Petrov should return to that role!

If theres one thing he can perhaps learn from Formula 1 champion-to-be Lewis Hamilton it is that being young, British and fast as **** (as the Holte End Would say it) is rather useless if you don't have the brain to go with it. Think on Gabby!

Shaun Maloney is a slight doubt following an ankle injury he picked up against Leicester (bless him.)

Wilfred Bouma should return after someone trod on his foot in our last league escapade against Everton.

Player to watch: Nigel Reo Coker

Spurs are a team fairly similar to us in places with plenty of young, rapid players.

It's time for Nigel Reo-Coker to step up, and ensure that they can't play their own game, allowing Barry to break through and terrorise Spurs, like he seems to do often.

Happy Birthday Spurs!



  • Spurs are celebrating their 125th Anniversary tonight...

  • ...which somehow justifies a programme that will cost Villa fans a whopping 10. That said, all money raised from sales will be going to the Bill Nicholson Memorial Fund.

  • If your going to this game, your best off getting their early to watch the fun and games beforehand as Spurs celebrate their past 'glories.'

  • If you don't leave your seat in order to use the facilities at half-time, you will see Spurs 'legend' Glen Hoddle drawing the half-time raffle ticket!

    Ref Watch:

    The referee for tonights match is Mr Mike Dean who hails from The Wirral. Mr Dean has been a busy boy in the Premier League this season, dishing out a mind-boggling 40 yellow and 5 red cards in his 7 matches! Mr Dean was in charge of Chelsea's defeat at the hands of Manchester United, where John Terry escaped punishment for trying to grab the red card out of the referee's hand! Dean's last Villa game was the 3-1 home defeat to Manchester City last November.

    Match Prediction:

    I don't predict losses, and rarely draws so I'm saying a very very very hard fought 1-0 win. Scorer, Super Martin Laursen.

    Next Fixtures:

    Next for Villa is a home game against West Ham, before Manchester United come to town on the 6th and 20th of this month respectively.


  • Writer:murph
    Date:Monday October 1 2007
    Time: 1:33PM

    Comments

    0
    Loving the uber bias mate...expect Spurs fans a plenty on this site soon hehe !!!
    Bearvill
    01/10/2007 13:59:00
    0
    hope you batter them, love nothing more than their fans dissapointed, if they went down i'd do a naked lap of the antartic.
    EvertonMike
    01/10/2007 14:10:00
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    Like the way you start the article saying we have been 'largely dissapointing' in our 125 year history, yet we still have about three times the amount of silverware in our dusty cupboards than what you've got so what does that say for your crappy little team? lol
    Gavaldinho
    01/10/2007 14:26:00
    0
    I have a nasty feeling that Bale could crucify Mellberg,I think Villa have more trophies than Spurs.
    Pking
    01/10/2007 14:29:00
    0
    I think some fans are tempting fate a little by taking the mick about Spurs like that.Why do all fans hate them so much?
    Pking
    01/10/2007 14:33:00
    0
    Just think in 4 years time they can celebrate 50 years since winning a league title.
    Hoss The Villain
    01/10/2007 14:34:00
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    I don't hate Spurs fans, they just seem to , like Newcastle and indeed some Villa fans demand success as a right. I was just being somewhat biased in my preview...not my problem if you Spuds are going to take the hump!
    murph
    01/10/2007 14:38:00
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    Come on, Villian, you've hardly been much better in you history have you? When was the last time you won the league? (I ask coz i really dont know) We are suffering a bit at the moment but it is a glitch, the talent is in our squad (as it is in yours in places, although I think you are a couple of years behind us and was gutted we didnt just pay the money to get Young) but we are both clubs moving in the right direction, I just hope the gooners move in the opposite one, along with the ******** chavs (Chelsea)! These are two teams that should be looked down on IMO coz The Scum dont have any British players (really) in an English league and Chelsea bought the league, although its gonna be great watching them spend another 500 gazillion on more wastes of space like Ballack and Sheva and then have Fat frank and John the racist asking for transfers, who knows, prehaps we could sell them Anthony Gardener for 20 mil!
    Gavaldinho
    01/10/2007 14:41:00
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    Spuz have won the FA cup 1 more time but Villa have won the top league title 7 times to Spuz paltry 2. The only thing they will beat us on is the number of kits this year, Spuz have 4. Good potential for a team, only a good manager not Excellent. Will enjoy watching The Villa win easily whilst tucking into my Lasagne. Tea time matches are so good.
    Villan444
    01/10/2007 15:08:00
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    i think spurs have a european kit, heh so your right we do have more kits than you, what i dont get is... why do you guys seem to hate spurs so much with your little snidey comments? - its not like we really care/notice villa. i do however think that if you win tonight, on our 125 anniversary night, itl be one of the last nails in MJ's coffin COYS
    mooney
    01/10/2007 15:26:00
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