Last Updated: 20/10/13 5:55pm
Spurs deservedly claim all three points without having to be at their best against Aston Villa. There was little between the sides in the first-half, but Andros Townsend's fluke opener gave Spurs a goal at a crucial time. Villa did not carry a threat until the arrival of Christian Benteke just past the hour, but Tottenham added a crucial second soon after through Roberto Soldado and it was a body blow that Villa never looked like recovering from.
Dawson does well to get a foot in as Benteke looked to get in a shot. Luna then surges into the box and pulls the ball back for Weimann whose shot from eight yards is blocked.
Weimann then finds Tonev on the edge of the box, but Dawson gets in a partial block which makes the save for Lloris a comfortable one.
The home fans are heading for the exits now - they obviously don't think a comeback is on the cards.
Townsend surges past Luna and whips in a low cross which Paulinho only has to touch home, but somehow it goes wide from close range.
Spurs are now brimming with confidence and are keeping possession effortlessly - I can see them scoring again.
The belief that had built around the introduction of Benteke was shattered by that second goal and apart from the Spurs section, Villa Park has gone quiet again.
Both sides make a change with Sylla replacing El Ahmadi for Villa, while Spurs bring on Dembele for Holtby.
GOAL! Spurs go downfield with Holtby finding Paulinho and his clever pass released Soldado who cleverly lifts the ball over the advancing Guzan.
Luna looks to burst forward for Villa, but Walker gets in a vital challenge and Spurs have a goalkick.
The hosts then force a corner that is taken by Westwood and Benteke gets on the end of it but can't keep his header down.
Agbonlahor then gets free down the left and whips over a dangerous cross but Benteke is just unable to get on the end of it.
Sky Bet report substitute Christian Benteke is 10/1 to have the desired impact and score next while Aston Villa are now 20/1 to win and 4/1 to salvage a draw.
The expected Villa change sees Benteke on for Kozak and immediately there's more noise from the home fans.
Good work by Townsend sees him earn a fifth corner for Spurs. Sigurdsson's kick is partially cleared but falls to Holtby who blazes over.
Good work from Walker sees him get the ball back to Lloris with Agbonlahor ready to pounce on a through ball.
There's a break in play as Walker goes down after a clash with Agbonlahor as they contested a high ball.
Walker slips in Townsend and his low cross flashes across the face of goal with nobody able to get a touch.
Good buils up play by Spurs ends in disappointing fashion as Vertonghen's first-time cross is easily cleared by Vlaar.
Westwood's resulting free-kick is headed clear and breaks to El Ahmadi on the edge of the box but his shot is high and wide.
Villa have barely managed to get out of their own half so far, but they finally enjoy some possession and Dawson is penalised for a foul on Weimann.
Soldado's flick from a Vertonghen throw tees up a shooting chance for Paulinho on the edge of the box but Guzan again makes another superb one-handed save to deny him.
Soldado and Holtby link well and although Clark gets a foot to the ball it breaks to Townsend who screws his shot wide from 20 yards.
Townsend gets in a decent cross but Westwood is on hand to whack the ball to safety and it's all Spurs in the early stages.
Soldado tries to pick out the run of Holtby but overhits his pass and it goes harmlessly through to Guzan.
Spurs get the second period started and neither side has made a change - but I have a feeling it won't be too long before the hosts bring on striker Benteke.
An intended cross from Andros Townsend that found it's way in at the far post is the difference between the two sides at the break. Villa will feel aggrieved having more than matched their opponents but, apart from an Ashley Westwood free-kick, have failed to seriously trouble Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris. The visitors certainly carry the bigger threat in the final third and will fancy they can extend their lead in the second period.
Spurs almost double their lead with Townsend's low shot from the edge of the box bringing a superb one-handed save from Guzan.
How the hosts would like to get back on level terms just before the break ... but Spurs are keeping possession well.
Villa force a corner with Westwood's kick better this time and it falls to Karim El Ahmadi whose shot is charged down by Paulinho.
It appears the police have managed to get the fan who threw the flare so he won't be seeing any more of the game.
Lloris is still having trouble kicking the ball out, but Spurs look a far better outfit now they have gone ahead.
The hosts attack again with Luna's low cross going across the face of goal. Westwood retrieves the loose ball and pulls it back for Weimann whose first-time shot from 20 yards hits the side-netting.
A great run and cross from Townsend sees Westwood get in a vital header otherwise Paulinho would surely have added a second.
Townsend has another opportunity when Holtby finds him on the edge of the box and his rasping shot is blocked by Clark with half-hearted appeals for handball waved away.
Well it was a goal slightly against the run of play although Villa had struggled to create a clear-cut chance.
Replays show the flare was thrown from the Spurs section and actually struck the linesman on the back ... we can do without that.
What a week for Townsend after his heroics for England, a new contract and now his first Premier League goal for Spurs - albeit a strange one!
There's a delay to the restart after a flare in thrown and lands close to the linesman and the police swiftly move in to sort it out.
GOAL! Townsend delivers a superb cross and although Holtby and Soldado look to try and get a touch it appears to go straight in.
Spurs have a free kick after a foul by Delph on Vertonghen. They play it short but again Villa's determination sees them win it back.
Overall the game has failed to get going - the conditions are obviously playing a part but both sides have been below par up to now.
Yet again Spurs are sloppy in possession and as a result they are failing to get a any kind of foothold in the game.
More good pressure from Villa sees them win the ball back 30 yards from goal and it breaks to Weimann whose dipping volley is well wide.
Delph ends a jinking run from Townsend with a foul. Holtby takes the free-kick and it evades everyone before going out at the far post for a goal kick.
Villa's work rate is impressive as they press Spurs high up the field ... the question is can they keep it up on a heavy pitch?
Another good spell by Villa who are winning plenty of the ball with Agbonlahor winning a corner off Sandro.
Westwood's kick is superb, whipped into the six-yard box and Lloris does well to push it away as it was sneaking into the far corner.
The keeper's distribution is poor and Villa have it back before they win a free kick after a foul by Dawson.
Villa have a throw near the Spurs corner flag and Kozak gets a touch but it's an easy take for Lloris.
Paulinho brings down Delph and there are strong appeals from the home fans that it was worthy of a booking ... it wasn't!
Good play from Spurs sees Vertonghen's ball held up by Soldado on the edge of the box. There are strong appeals for handball but play carries on and the striker lays it off to Sandro whose low shot from 20 yards is well held by Guzan.
Spurs look to build at the back, but Villa pressure them and Dawson ends up playing a wayward pass out for a throw to ironic cheers from the home fans.
Paulinho launches a long ball forward looking for the run of Soldado, but the ball bounces into the arms of home keeper Guzan.
Walker's back header then has Lloris scrambling to prevent a corner but the French international keeper safely gathers.
Walker's resulting free-kick is put out for a corner and Sigurdsson's kick is again headed clear by Vlaar.
First decent piece of play from Spurs sees Soldado feed Vertonghen and his low cross flashes across the face of goal and is put out for a corner which is cleared.
First chance for Villa as Dawson fails to deal with a cross from Bacuna and the ball fallls to Agbonlahor who blasts over from 12 yards.
Roberto Soldado is caught offside and from the free kick Weimann heads on and keeper Lloris has to dash off his line to gather ahead of Luna.
Not the greatest of days weather-wise in England's second city. The rain has been coming down for quite some time but there's still a big crowd inside Villa Park for a game I'm very much looking forward to.
Jon Crutchley says: 'Don't you wish your striker was Benteke! I know Spurs will now after he has been named on the bench o.. 3-0 Villa with Gabi and Benteke among the goals!'
Jakob in the Faroe Islands says: 'I'm gonna say a 2-2 draw!! Spurs have a great side but I think the Sigurdsson and Eriksen combination will damage Villa. Sigurdsson and Soldado for Spurs and Weimann twice for Villa.'
'I think Spurs are fielding as good a team as any and hope young Townsend can take the stick that will be thrown at him - and as long as Sigurdsson and Soldado can link up with Paulinho and Townsend I believe Villa will be stretched to the limit,' says Spurs fan Kendo in Dorchester.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas makes four changes for his side's Barclays Premier League trip to Aston Villa. Vlad Chiriches is handed a Premier League debut and Lewis Holtby a first start, while Sandro and Roberto Soldado come in and fit-again winger Aaron Lennon is on the bench. Villa striker Christian Benteke returns from injury as a substitute while Nathan Baker replaces Ciaran Clark in the one change to their line-up.
'Spurs have a good record away from White Hart Lane and they always seem to win at Villa Park, but I don't think it will be as easy for Andre Villas-Boas' men this time around. Paul Lambert's team have improved on their dreadful home form from last season, and I feel that they'll have a good chance of winning here if their best players perform. Of course, playing Spurs can be a difficult assignment for any team, whether you're playing them at home or away. However, we've seen many surprises so far this season, and that could happen again today if Spurs don't generate enough chances, so hopefully, we should be in for an entertaining game, and maybe, just maybe, a surprise result,' says Chris Green from Huddersfield.
Tottenham are attracting the majority of backing with our colleagues at Sky Bet ahead of kick-off, prompting their price to come in slightly from evens to 20/21 while Aston Villa are out to 3/1. Roberto Soldado heads the goalscorer betting and is available at 13/2 to score first in our Price Boosts.
The teams have arrived and line-up as follows - Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Luna, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Kozak, Agbonlahor. Subs: Benteke, Helenius, Steer, Lowton, Sylla, Bowery, Tonev. Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro, Townsend, Holtby, Sigurdsson, Soldado. Subs: Lennon, Defoe, Dembele, Friedel, Naughton, Eriksen, Lamela. Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
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