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Aston Villa host Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on Boxing Day, Wednesday 26th December 2012 (KO 17:30) in the 19th round of 2012-13 Premier League matches.
Villa come into the match in 16th place in the Table on 18 points while Spurs are in 5th place on 30 points.
The match at will be the 164th time the two teams have met.
Tottenham Hotspur first met Aston Villa on 11th April 1896 when Spurs were still in the Southern League. The friendly match played at Tottenham Marshes ended with a 3-1 win for Aston Villa.
Three more friendlies were played until the clubs met in anger for the first time in the old Third Round of the FA Cup (today's 5th Round) in March 1903 with Villa winning 3-2.
The first Football League meeting came on 20th November 1909 in the First Division after Spurs had been promoted after their first season of League football. Villa once again won 3-2.
There have been two Wembley matches played between the two clubs. The first was in the 1971 Football League Cup Final which Spurs won 2-0 with two goals from Martin Chivers - Aston Villa were in the Third Division at the time.
The second game at Wembley came in the 1981 Charity Shield with FA Cup Winners Spurs drawing 2-2 with Football League Champions Aston Villa. Mark Falco scored both Spurs goals and Peter Withe did likewise for Villa.
There have been no Domestic Cup meetings between the two teams during the last 18 years.
The last time they met was in the 5th Round of the League Cup in January 1994 with Villa winning 2-1.
Both Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur were founder-members of the Premier League in 1992-93 and the two clubs, along with Woolwich, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United are among the only seven ever-present clubs during the competition's 21 season history.
Spurs did the 'double' over Villa in 2010-11 winning both matches 2-1 with Rafael van der Vaart scoring all of Tottenham's four goals. Villa's two goals both came from Marc Albrighton at White Hart Lane in October and Villa Park in December, after Spurs had been reduced to ten men after Jermain Defoe's red card after 27 minutes.
Spurs signed former Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel during the summer of 2011 on a free transfer. Alan Hutton made a move in the opposite direction and Jermaine Jenas joined Villa on a season's loan.
The fixture at White Hart Lane last season took place on Monday 21st November and resulted in a 2-0 win for Tottenham. Two first half goals from Emmanuel Adebayor after 14 and 40 minutes were enough to see Spurs take all three points in a game marked by Harry Redknapp's return after undergoing minor heart surgery. In January 2012 former Spurs striker Robbie Keane had a loan spell with Aston Villa scoring 3 times in 7 appearances. The match at Villa Park in April 2012 finished 1-1 with Ciaran Clark putting Villa ahead with a 25-yard shot that deflected off William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor scoring a 62nd minute penalty to level the proceedings.
This reverse fixture earlier this season at White Hart Lane in October resulted in a 2-0 win for Spurs. After a goalless first half, Steven Caulker put Spurs ahead after 58 minutes when he deflected-in Jermain Defoe's close range shot and Aaron Lennon added a second in the 67th minute with
a powerful shot into the far corner of the net.
Wednesday's game at Villa Park will be the 164th match played between the two clubs and Spurs have the edge with 65 wins to Villa's 59 with 39 matches having been drawn.
They Played for Spurs & Villa....
Gundi Bergsson (Villa trialist)
Mark Burke (Spurs trialist)
George Graham (Villa player, Spurs manager)
Bob Iverson (Spurs junior)
Jack Treasadern (Spurs manager, Villa scout)
Because we are essentially a press-and-break team at this stage. We don't like defensive teams. We have 3 midfielders able to carry the ball quicker than any Villa midfielders can sprint, so this is one looks promising for us.We've playing better away from home this season, so I can see as getting a good result at Villa.