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Spurs will aim to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat to West Ham United when they travel to the midlands to face in-form Aston Villa.
After a strong start to the season that saw 4 wins, a draw and a defeat to rivals Arsenal, Andre Villas-Boas’ side came crashing back down to earth against the hammers.
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While Spurs currently sit 6th, just three points of the top spot the win highlighted that the squad, despite their strength in depth, had yet to gel fully as an unit, a cause that will not have been helped by the International break.
The Londoners have scored 6 goals so far this season with star striker Roberto Soldado yet to get off the mark from open play.
Salvation has come in the form of a strong defensive unit which has only conceded 5 goals and the form of Paulinho, Glyfi Sigurdsson and Andros Townsend.
Brazilian star Paulinho has adapted quickly to life in the Premier League scoring 3 goals in all competitions so far, while Sigurdsson has also been amongst the goals and will be full of confidence after helping Iceland reach the playoffs.
Townsend meanwhile has blossomed this season and his form has eased the pressure on big money summer signing Erik Lamela, with the former Roma man struggling to replicate last season’s form.
Despite his new found status, Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed he has no special plans to deal with England’s newest sensation Townsend.
The 22 year old played a starring role for England and has drawn comparisons with Gareth Bale, however former Norwich manager Lambert believes it is too early to be comparing the two.
“Will we be putting any special attention on him? No,” Lambert said.
“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.”
Lambert will welcome a star of his own with Christian Benteke set to feature for Villa. The Belgian striker lined up with his national team ahead of the final round of qualifiers but much to the relief of Lambert didn’t feature in the two games.
Spurs meanwhile should be able to include Danny Rose and Aaron Lennon in their squad while Jermaine Defoe, scorer of two goals in the league cup win over Villa last month, will hope for another start as displacing Soldado last time out.