Friday, 12 September 2008

Tottenham v Aston Villa Premiership Preview: Pavlyuchenko & Corluka Set For Spurs Debuts, Campbell Could Feature

Juande Ramos’ Tottenham Hotspur host Aston Villa in their Premier League match at White Hart Lane on Monday.

Spurs are still looking for their first win of this campaign and are second from bottom, but will be boosted by the performance that gained them their only point in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out.

Martin O’Neill will hope that the Villans can build on a positive start to the season, with them standing in 7th place, but will be looking for a better performance than their last away match to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, which they lost 3-2.

Tottenham have no new injury worries, with Hossam Ghaly (knee) and Alan Hutton (ankle) still missing. New signing Russian International Roman Pavlyuchenko looks set for his Premiership debut, following his transfer from Spartak Moscow, while loan signing Frazier Campbell could feature.

O’Neill also has almost a full squad to choose from, with Wilfred Bouma (ankle) and Steve Sidwell (knee) the only absentees. Gareth Barry is set to lead them out at White Hart Lane after coming through England’s victory against Croatia unscathed.

Tottenham Hotspur: (from) Gomes, King, Woodgate, Dos Santos, Gunter, Bale, Dawson, Cesar, Bentley, Modric, Jenas, Lennon, Bent, Campbell, Pavlyuchenko, Zokora, Huddlestone, Gilberto, Corluka, O’Hara, Assou-Ekotto.

Aston Villa: (from) Friedel, L Young, Laursen, Barry, A Young, Milner, Harewood, Carew, Agbonlahor, Taylor, Delfouneso, Davies, Knight, Salifou, Routledge, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Shorey, Guzan, Cuellar, Gardner, Osbourne, O’Halloran.

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