TOT vs AVL Highlights: Aston Villa extended Tottenham’s woes as goals from Emiliano Buendia & Douglas Luiz destined the 4th Premier League loss in 7 games.
TOT vs AVL Highlights | Premier League Highlights
Tottenham Hotspur opened 2023 with a 2-0 home loss to Aston Villa in Premier League, ending their chances of finishing in the top four. Hugo Lloris’ error in the buildup to Emiliano Buendia’s opening goal in the 50th minute caused Tottenham to lose first for the ninth straight game in all competitions. Douglas Luiz’s goal in the 74th minute gave Unai Emery’s team the victory and gave Tottenham manager Antonio Conte more to consider.
Four changes have been made to Tottenham’s Boxing Day match at Brentford. As mentioned below, Eric Dier is benched as World Cup winner Cristian Romero returns to the Spur’s starting lineup. Bryan Gil will make his first Premier League start in lieu of Dejan Kulusevski, who is not on the squad yesterday.
Ben Davies takes over for Japhet Tanganga as he moves to the sidelines. The same Villa team that lost to Liverpool on December 26 at home 3-1 is still in place. Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa is back in the starting lineup, although he is only used as a substitute tonight as Unai Emery keeps Robin Olsen in goal.
Spurs fans are accustomed to delayed games, and this is one more. Apart from Harry Kane’s header being cleared off the line by Ashley Young, they don’t create anything. It’s an improvement over most recent games that they still need to give up. Villa has savored the exceptional occasion while remaining non-threat.
Spurs conceded the game to Aston Villa after Lloris botched a long-range attempt by Douglas Luiz, and Ollie Watkins beat him to the rebound to set up Emiliano Buendia’s goal. Conte’s team had conceded the opening goal for the ninth game in a row and lacked the resources to mount a comeback and prevail.
After stealing the ball from Kane, the standout midfielder Boubacar Kamara set up Luiz for the second goal, capping off an excellent play. Luiz defeated Lloris when passing with him and beating him after John McGinn returned the pass. As Luiz attempted to score the third goal, Villa also lost McGinn to a hamstring injury, forcing Lloris to make a save. Conte might be more anxious than Emery, but Emery will be worried about these.
In their last seven Premier League games, Spurs have only won twice, and as long as Arsenal is in first place, their predicament is only worsening.
Player Ratings | Spurs vs Aston | Premier League
☆ GK – Hugo Lloris (4)
☆ CB – Cristian Romero (5)
☆ CB – Clement Lenglet (5.5)
☆ CB – Ben Davies (5)
☆ RWB – Matt Doherty (6)
☆ CM – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (5.5)
☆ CM – Yves Bissouma (4.5)
☆ LWB – Ivan Perisic (6)
☆ RW – Bryan Gil (5)
☆ ST – Harry Kane (4.5)
☆ LW – Heung-min Son (4.5)
☆ Ryan Sessegnon (5)
☆ Pape Sarr (N/A)
☆ Emerson Royal (N/A)
☆ GK – Robin Olsen (6)
☆ RB – Ashley Young (6)
☆ CB – Ezri Konsa (6.5)
☆ CB – Tyrone Mings (6)
☆ LB – Lucas Digne (6)
☆ CM – Douglas Luiz (7.5)
☆ CM – Boubacar Kamara (7)
☆ CM – John McGinn (6.5)
☆ RW – Emi Buendia (7)
☆ ST – Ollie Watkins (7)
☆ LW – Leon Bailey (5.5)
☆ Matty Cash (5)
☆ Phillipe Coutinho (4)
☆ Calum Chambers (N/A)
Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa | Head-to-Head
Tottenham has won 12 of their last 14 Premier League meets with Aston Villa, trailing the other two.
However, Villa’s last two victories against Spurs have come away from home, most recently in May 2021.
Previously the two sides faced each other on New Year’s Day in 2008 at Villa Park, in a game won 2-1 by the Villans.
Spurs vs Aston | Match Stats | Premier League
Two of Tottenham’s last six league games have ended in victories (D1, L3).
The most in the Premier League this season is the 14 points Spurs have gained from losing positions. They were down at the break in seven of their last eight games across all leagues, including each of their previous five.
The team led by Antonio Conte may break a bad club record by giving up two or more goals in seven straight Premier League games.
The North Londoners are tied with Arsenal for the most Premier League victories on New Year’s Day with 10, having won seven of their last eight games on that day.
Harry Kane has five Premier League goals as of January 1 and only needs one more to surpass Andrew Cole and Steven Gerard and win exclusive possession of the competition’s all-time scoring record for the day.
Kane leads all players in the top division with the most headed goals this season with six.
The victory by Aston Villa over Brighton in their most recent away encounter marked the team’s first in the Premier League this year (D2, L5).
Unai Emery hopes to become the first Villa manager to win his first two away Premier League games since John Gregory in 1998.
Emery is unbeaten in his past three league encounters with Tottenham as Arsenal’s manager.
The Spaniard has played in 55 Premier League games without taking part in a scoreless draw, which would be a record. Currently, he is tied with former Tottenham manager Ossie Ardiles.
The Villans have lost all five of their recent league contests in London and have failed to record a shutout in each of their previous 13 trips to the metropolis in the top division.
Ollie Watkins hopes to become the first Englishman to score in three straight Premier League trips to Spurs since Daniel Sturridge in 2012.
Spurs vs Aston | Full Squad | Premier League
Lloris; Romero, Davies, Lenglet; Doherty, Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Perisic; Bryan Gil, Kane, Son
Olsen, Ashley Young, Konsa, Mings, Digne, McGinn, Kamara, Douglas Luiz, Buendia, Bailey, Watkins