AVL
TOT
90+4'
There goes the final whistle! A 2-0 win for Spurs. Well worth it in the end. Thanks for joining us today.
90+1'
Lennon late on Weimann after he had taken out Townsend with a late one.
89'
 
We are into four minutes of time added on with Delph collecting a yellow card for a late challenge out wide.
88'
Decent little run by Luna into the danger area. Almost picked out Weimann with the cutback.
87'
Spurs looking to keep possession as much as possible. Shouldn't be too hard with Benteke pushing up the park.
Tottenham Hotspur Substitution
86'
 
Walker is going to be booked for something or other. Not sure that was about. Walker looking none too happy.
85'
A huge hug from the Spurs bench for Soldado after his contribution today.
84'
 
Off goes Soldado for the visitors with Jermain Defoe introduced.
83'
Tonev tries to pick out Luna on the run, but Walker makes a superb challenge with the slide tackle.
82'
Vertonghen with a looping header, but all too easy for Guzan as it lands safely in his arms.
81'
Tonev uncorks a shot from distance, but straight into the arms of Lloris in the visiting goal.
80'
A few of the home fans are heading for the exit doors. Clearly seen enough with Spurs on their way to three merited points.
79'
 
Tonev has replaced Agbonlahor for Villa. Not that it is going to make much difference.
Aston Villa Substitution
78'
Walker tries to get in on the act, but he blasts a shot miles wide of goal.
77'
Townsend on the run for Spurs. Tries to pick out Soldado, but just fails to thread that ball through. Spurs have the corner.
76'
Luna struggling to cope with the obvious pace and menace of Townsend - has been a hard afternoon's work for him.
75'
Townsend with a marvellous run and cross. Paulinho inches away from connecting for the third.
74'
Spurs will move into fifth spot, three points behind leaders Arsenal with a win here.
73'
Weimann leans back and lifts the ball over the bar from 25 yards out.
Tottenham Hotspur Substitution
72'
Roberto Soldado has scored his first goal from open play for Tottenham Hotspur, after scoring two Premier League penalties earlier in the season.
Aston Villa Substitution
71'
Townsend cracks a shot at goal from 25 yards. A few yards over the bar. He continues to impress.
70'
 
Spurs also shuffle their pack as Mousa Dembele takes over from Holtby.
69'
 
Yacouba Sylla arrives to take over from Karim El Ahmadi.
68'
Baker gives the ball away needlessly. Townsend drags the shot well wide of goal. Should have looked to play in Soldado there.
67'
Townsend with a cross, but Paulinho heads straight at Guzan in the home goal.
66'
A third goal of the season for Soldado. His first in open play, and Villa suddenly being stretched all over the pitch here.
Tottenham Hotspur Substitution
65'
 
GOAL! Lovely finish from Soldado. Played in by Paulinho. No chance for Guzan as he lifted the ball over him for a second Spurs goal. 2-0. Surely game over.
64'
Aaron Lennon takes over from Sigurdsson for the visitors.
63'
Benteke rises to head the ball at goal, but can't get enough pace on his effort. Straight into the arms of Lloris.
62'
Luna racing down the flank, but Walker does well to cut out the run and cross.
61'
Benteke is one of only four players in the Premier League to have scored four or more goals and have fewer than 100 minutes per goal (alongside Sergio Aguero, Loic Remy and Romelu Lukaku).
Aston Villa Substitution
60'
Villa coming on strong as Benteke heads over under pressure from the Westwood corner.
59'
Golden chance for Benteke! But he heads over from six yards out. He should have scored with that one.
58'
Benteke is wheeled on to a rapturous reception with Kozak departing the scene.
57'
Spurs' goal means that Aston Villa have now failed to keep a clean sheet in fifteen consecutive Premier League matches.
56'
Townsend with a run and a cross. Decent passage of play, but Vlaar is on hand to make the clearance.
55'
 
Gabriel Agbonlahor charges straight into Walker. Late, late challenge. And that is going to be booking.
54'
Vertonghen with a hopeful cross, but Vlaar well positioned to make the clearing header.
53'
A brilliant run again by Townsend. Clips the ball across the face of goal, but no takers on hand to convert.
52'
Aston Villa have won from a losing position twice this season - at home to Manchester City on 28th September and away to Arsenal on 17th August. On both occasions they were losing by a one-goal margin.
51'
Karim El Ahmadi fires a shot over from distance. Off balance and that will be the goalkick to Spurs.
50'
 
Dawson is going to be booked for a late challenge on Weimann.
49'
Paulinho runs off Delph. Fires the shot at goal, but Guzan dives to make a solid stop. Keeps Villa in the game.
48'
Townsend coming very much to the fore. Cuts inside and has a go, but ends up drilling the shot miles high and wide of goal.
47'
Baker takes a swipe at attempting a clearance, but misses the ball. No harm done as Guzan comes to collect.
46'
We are off and running then in the second period.
45+2'
There goes the whistle for the break! Spurs lead 1-0 at half-time.
45+1'
Ball breaks to Townsend. Plenty of pace on the shot, but a solid stop by Guzan to deny him a second goal.
44'
We are into two minutes of time added to this first half.
43'
Gylfi Sigurdsson back to help out his defence in clearing the Westwood free-kick. Spurs almost over the line for a half-time lead.
42'
Luna on the charge for Villa with Walker out of position. Westwood with a Villa corner, but Soldado does enough to head clear the danger.
41'
Some decent play by Luna bursting forward. Spurs settle into this steady and sustained spell of possession deep in their own half.
40'
Andros Townsend is the first Englishman to score a Premier League goal for Spurs after 10 consecutive goals by foreign players. Jermain Defoe was the last Englishman to score, on 21st April 2013.
39'
The flare hitting a linesman is going to be the big talking point of the match one suspects.
38'
Westwood picks out Weimann, but his shot on the run is just wide of the target. Decent play by Villa.
37'
Dawson rises well at the other end to head clear the Westwood corner with Kozak threatening.
36'
Westwood making a fine challenge to win the ball ahead of Paulinho after some more fine wing work by Townsend, who is operating with great confidence.
35'
Bacuna leans back from 25 yards. Never comfortable in striking through the ball as the free-kick flies over the bar.
34'
Andros Townsend has scored his first Premier League goal for Tottenham Hotspur in his seventh start for the club. He had previously scored two Premier League goals, in 12 appearances, at QPR last season.
33'
 
Paulinho is going to be booked for a poorish challange on Delph. Not malicious, but enough to be booked.
32'
Delph decides to uncork a shot from distance, but the ball always rising high and wide.
31'
A bit of a delay before we can get started again. Townsend with his first goal in the Premier League. Will be a few minutes added to this half.
30'
A flare has hit the linesman on the back coming from the Spurs fans. Not the best of behaviour it must be said. Villa could be in trouble for that.
29'
The run of Soldado and Holtby were so impressive in bringing Guzan to his left before the ball flew past him on the right.
28'
 
GOAL! Townsend throws a cross in that goes straight into the net from out wide. Guzan couldn't get hold of the ball as it flew beyond him. Soldado let the ball go past him. Spurs lead 1-0.
27'
A bit of smoke emerging from the Spurs end as the visiting side look to break through Holtby.
26'
Spurs again fraternising with this patient build-up as Holty drops deep keep the ball from Vertonghen.
25'
Spurs losing the ball at the back. Ball breaks to Weimann, but he lifts the volley well over the bar from distance.
24'
Premier League matches involving Tottenham have produced only 11 goals this season - joint-lowest in the league with Stoke and Southampton.
23'
This match seems to be a series of free-kicks with Holtby's delivery just failing to pick out Vertonghen as he dashed in at the back post.
22'
Poor stuff from Westwood as he manages to lift the ball straight out of play. Not the best.
21'
Agbonlahor races at Sandro before the ball clips the Spurs player for a corner to the home side.
20'
Westwood with a superb free-kick. Dipped in front of Lloris, but the French goalkeeper does well to flick the ball away.
19'
Spurs being far too slow and predictable in their movements. All too sluggish to break through Villa. Has to be more direct.
18'
Villa earn another free-kick here around 25 yards from the visiting goal. Chance surely to apply some pressure to Lloris.
17'
Both teams should be hungry to have a go at goal with the conditions so wet. Ideal to trouble goalkeepers.
16'
Sandro decides to have a go at goal from 25 yards. Straight into the arms of Guzan.
15'
Andros Townsend tries to run the ball up the wing, but ends up running it out of play.
14'
Spurs seeing plenty of the ball, but not really going anywhere with it. Move breaks down and Guzan collects the loose ball.
13'
Since Christian Benteke signed for the club during the 2012 summer transfer window, Aston Villa have won only one of their six Premier League matches in which he did not feature – a 3-2 victory over Manchester City on the 28th of September.
12'
Paulinho trying to pick out the run of Soldado, but never really had the direction as Guzan comes off his line to collect the loose ball.
11'
Walker's free-kick knocked out of the park for a corner before Sigurdsson's delivery is again headed clear by Vlaar.
10'
Paul Lambert having a word with referee Phil Dowd about that booking, but it was the right call.
9'
Aston Villa currently have the lowest average possession in the Premier League (41%) while Tottenham had the second-highest average in the league (57%) before yesterday's games.
8'
 
Westwood picks up a booking for a late challenge on Holtby. That was a heavy challenge. Did not hang about there.
7'
Gylfi Sigurdsson throws over the corner, but no takers on hand to convert in the heart of the Villa box.
6'
Jan Vertonghen with a decent run and cross out wide before Luna knocks it behind for a corner to Spurs.
5'
Spurs content to keep the ball at the back. All very patient. Possession football from AVB's side.
4'
Tottenham have scored only six Premier League goals so far this season (including 2 penalties), less than half the number they had scored at this point last season (13, with no penalties).
3'
Gabriel Agbonlahor with a real chance from the Bacuna cross, but he leans back and knocks the ball over the bar from 18 yards.
2'
A bright start to this match. Both teams look to be well up for this contest.
1'
Aston Villa get the action off and running at a sodden Villa Park.
15:55
So all eyes on Andros Townsend today after his brilliant week with England. Today the winger told the papers how a betting ban last summer kick-started his career.
Townsend: Betting ban kickstarted my career

Andros Townsend claims that he owes his amazing surge into the England team to the lowest moment of his career:.

15:50
Aston Villa start the day in 12th position after a solid start to the season. They could move level with Spurs with a win. AVB's men are seventh but if they win their game in hand they will go level with Manchester City in fourth.
15:45
Stats from Opta: "Paul Lambert has won more away league games (7) as manager of Aston Villa than he has at Villa Park (6). Tottenham are unbeaten in their last nine league meetings with Aston Villa, winning six (D3). Andros Townsend has embarked on 50 dribbles in the Premier League this season; more than any other player."
15:40
Andre Villas-Boas: "That (The West Ham defeat) was definitely was a call to attention for us. Everything is open this season, it showed us that surprise results can happen. We analysed that game with the squad yesterday when everyone got back and made sure we're able to give a response against Villa and going forward."
15:35
Paul Lambert on Andros Townsend: "You can’t jump on the bandwagon. It’s only two games. Gareth Bale did it over a number of years – that’s too much pressure to put on players. If someone plays two good games they are a world beater but Tottenham have an array of players. I’ve not seen much of the lad but when I have he has played well. Their whole team is strong, a lot of them will be buoyant, the Belgian lads have qualified too. It is not just one lad you will be focused on."
15:30
So Vlad Chiriches makes his Premier League debut for Spurs, who prefer Lewis Holtby over Christian Eriksen. Meanwhile, Benteke is only fit enough for a place on the bench for Villa, who made a late change when bringing in Baker for Clark.
15:25
TEAMS: Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Luna, Delph, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Kozak. Subs: Steer, Helenius, Sylla, Benteke, Bowery, Tonev, Lowton. /// Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro, Townsend, Holtby, Sigurdsson, Soldado. Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon, Defoe.
15:20
TEAM NEWS: There's no Christian Benteke for Aston Villa today, while Tottenham leave out Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen. Full teams to come.
15:15
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League fixture between Aston Villa and Tottenham at Villa Park.

Starting Line-ups

Aston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur
    • 1
      Guzan
    • Luna
    • 2
      Baker
    • 4
      Vlaar
    • 7
      Bacuna
    • 16
      Delph
    • 15
      Westwood
    • El Ahmadi
    • 11
      Agbonlahor
    • 27
      Kozák
    • 10
      Weimann
Team Manager:  Tim Sherwood
    • 9
      Soldado
    • 17
      Townsend
    • Holtby
    • Sigurdsson
    • 8
      Paulinho
    • Sandro
    • 2
      Walker
    • Dawson
    • 6
      Chiriches
    • 5
      Vertonghen
    • 1
      Lloris
Team Manager:  Mauricio Pochettino
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
B. Guzan 0 4 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
N. Baker 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
R. Vlaar 0 0 0 2 10 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
A. Luna 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
L. Bacuna 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. Westwood 0 0 0 40 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 90
F. Delph 0 0 0 44 0 0 4 5 1 0 0 90
K. El Ahmadi 0 0 0 20 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 72
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. Weimann 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 90
G. Agbonlahor 0 0 0 8 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 79
L. Kozák 0 0 0 17 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 61
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
H. Lloris 0 2 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. Vertonghen 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
M. Dawson 0 0 0 1 11 0 1 2 1 0 0 90
K. Walker 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 90
V. Chiriches 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Paulinho 0 1 2 52 0 1 3 1 1 0 0 90
Sandro 0 0 1 51 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 90
A. Townsend 1 0 2 38 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
L. Holtby 0 0 0 33 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 73
G. Sigurdsson 0 0 0 27 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 66
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
R. Soldado 1 1 1 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 87
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