Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa – opposition view

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Ahead of Aston Villa’s trip to White Hart Lane tonight to take on Tottenham Hotspur I spoke to the editor of Read Tottenham, Michael Brown, about his side.

1. What are your thoughts on your team’s strong start?

It has been a great start to the season and it’s been better than I expected. To have gone unbeaten in the Premier League since our opening day defeat to Manchester United is also pretty impressive. What makes it even better is the fact that Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen are also starting to combine well after Kane’s goal drought.

2. What do you make of Sherwood being sacked?

To be fair, I think he was pushed out at Spurs and he seemed to be doing a good job, although not keeping him on has since been justified as Pochettino is a quality manager and just what Spurs needed, to be honest.

It was hard for Sherwood because he lost three key players who were the spine to the Villa side last season with Benteke moving to Liverpool, Delph moving to Manchester City and the club released Ron Vlaar who, when fit, is a quality centre back. Other than bringing Richards in, they never replaced Benteke and Delph.

3. What are you thoughts on the Villa situation?

It’s quite sad to see: a few years ago they were flying high when Randy Lerner came aboard and brought Martin O’Neill in and Villa was a top half side. It’s just slowly fallen apart for Villa. They have a real struggle on their hands again this season to stay in the Premier League, although spending in January is essential.

4. Which former Spurs player would you bring back? Why?

 It’s actually a former Villa player as well as a former Spurs player. It has to be David Ginola! He could create a goal from absolutely nothing and totally change the game. In the Premier League nowadays he would be an awesome player and create goals, which is vital.

5. Which Villa player do you dislike?

I’d have to say Agbonlahor. I know he’s Villa through and through but he always looks so miserable and unhappy. I’d do anything to play in the Premier League and have the kind of life he has yet he looks like he’s been slapped by a wet fish!

6. Which player should the Villans be wary of this evening?

I’m torn between Eriksen and Kane. They both have the ability to turn a game in an instant and to make it worse for Villa. They are a deadly combination when on top form.

7. How do you expect your season to pan out?

Our season can just keep on building. The confidence from such a great start will help us massively as the season goes on but I think a few additions in January will keep us going when injuries happen after the busy Christmas period.

8. What is your match prediction?

If it was at Villa Park I would have said a close game but a Spurs victory. Due to the fact it is at White Hart Lane I can see it being 4-1 to Spurs.

Extra time:

9. Lager or ale?

I prefer lager but I like the occasional ale too.

10. Batman or Spiderman?

This one is so hard but I think Spiderman: he’s a bit more of an everyday guy with a sense of humour, which is similar to me. Batman is more reserved.


Thank you to Michael for taking part in this week’s opposition view. You can find Read Tottenham here.

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I’m Matt and I write on Mondays for Avillafan. I am currently studying Broadcast Journalism at Nottingham Trent University. I was a finalist at The Football Blogging Awards 2015 for my work on the site.

Twitter: @mattlyynch

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