Thursday, March 12, 2009

How Spurs Can Beat Villa

The lads have been on a good run of form in the past couple of weeks, especially in the League. A good win against Boro, a late winner at Hull, and a saving grace goal from Keane at Sunderland have seen us move away from the relegation zone. Now comes the hard part, Villa this weekend, and Chelsea the next.

Villa have seemed to tire as the season has gone on, and have dropped important points, especially against Manchester City in the past month. Injuries and the low number of players that Martin O'Neil have used throughout the season have started to drain the squad. I think that if there ever is a time to take points from Villa this could be it, and what follows will be my ideas on how to beat the Villans, or at least try and scrape out a draw.

The first thing that must be done is to play Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko together up top. They have formed a good combo, especially against Boro, and Villa seems to struggle against active forwards who track back, like Elano in the Man City game, the role that Robbie thrives in. The combo of Curtis Davies and Zat Knight will struggle against the pace of Keane, and if Pavy is in a groove they will struggle with him as well.

Villa's strong suit is their midfield, and we must run out a side that can compete with it. Of course Lennon, Palacios and Modric have to be in the midfield, and I think that with the way they have played lately, I would have to put Jenas in the side as well. I am guilty of being a JJ fan I know, and I think that the recent midfield lineup has been solid for the club, and can stand up well to Barry, Petrov, Young and Milner.

If Ledley King is able to run out on Sunday, and all indications seem to be that he will, he will be a good match for Emile Heskey and I am confident that Woodgate can stand up Agbonlahor with few problems.

The keys to the match will be the play of Gomes, if it's not a clanger, we could be okay, and also the play of our fullbacks, namely Corluka and BAE. If they get forward in some crucial spots and watch Barry and Young down the flanks, we have a shot.

What do you think? Can we squeak out a win, or a draw? Or are Villa going to break their winless streak against us? Tell me what you think.

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