Aston Villa face a team who have already beaten them 4-0. Matt Turvey wonders if the result will be the same or not as they meet in the league.
As Aston Villa face a game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, it appears as though the Villans will be the team with more to lose.
After all, Villa will be searching a third straight win - something of a surprise to many fans - whilst Spurs will be trying to bounce back from an unexpected defeat against West Ham.
Against Spurs earlier this season, Villa were beaten 4-0, though the scoreline was a little harsh on the Villans as the team switched off in the second half. Whilst many times such a decision - to stop playing - would be seen as a bad thing, the fact that Villa then went on to beat Manchester City in the league that weekend was a massive benefit.
It should, however, be stated in plain terms that a win against Spurs is far from a certainty. Some have suggested that Andre Villas-Boas has changed too much in too short a time, although those transfers were the inevitable result given the riches the club accrued following their sale of Gareth Bale.
In midweek internationals, Spurs player Andros Townsend featured strongly, though Paul Lambert has already addressed him in this week's press conference, stating that Townsend is no Bale yet, and thus would not be receiving special treatment in terms of marking.
What surprises me here is that the manager has even bothered to respond to such a suggestion. Of course, the media often do ask questions relating to recent events, such as Townsend's performance with England, but I don't believe Villa's manager needed to respond.
Instead, Townsend will be put in a position of having less pressure on him given Lambert's playing down of the player - stating he isn't as good as Bale after all - and may well flourish.
However, perhaps I am making it far too much about an individual, mirroring what Lambert has done, and should be focusing on the grander plan - how to beat Spurs.
One key would be the return of Christian Benteke, without a doubt a key player for Villa. Whilst I am reticent to laud any man as critical to a team, Benteke has certainly been a key player for Villa, and his absence has left a big hole, though the team have admirably survived since his injury.
However, with Benteke in the team, I feel there is more chance of a win, even if a win is far from a certain possiblity.
What does matter to Villa fans is how the game pans out. Should the game end up anything like the League Cup loss to Spurs earlier this season, I wouldn't be surprised to hear booing again, even if I'm not a fan of such a response.
So Villa, this game is in your hands, so if we can't see a win at the weekend, at the very least we want a good attempt at getting at least a point. Lads, it is over to you.
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