Patrick Kinmartin has come up with some data that shows Spurs record is not good.
There were 11 blocks by Villa’s outfield players in the 0-0 draw at The Hawthorns last Saturday (Note: Of the last 54 shots attempted against Aston Villa, 26 have been blocked), continuing a trend all season where Shay Given has generally been well-protected by his defenders.
In fact, the team is averaging one of the best rates in the entire league for blocks per clean sheet. Below is the full list of which teams have been most effective in keeping the opposition off the scoreboard
without excessive efforts from their goalkeepers.
Average in Clean Sheets
4.6 Queens Park
4.5 ASTON VILLA
4.2 West Brom
4.2 Stoke City
2.7 Manchester United
2.2 Manchester City
Below are the plus/minus goal differentials of each Aston Villa regular’s time on the field during league games this season.
Obviously this list can be deceiving….the number doesn’t necessarily reflect that the individual player is responsible for every goal scored on Villa while he is out there.
However, the illustration lends perspective to specifically which players have had to endure the difficulties of this season relentlessly compared to others. And still, cases can be made too that the team is proven stronger while infused with the likes of accomplished performers Darren Bent and Richard Dunne.
Tottenham comes to Villa Park this weekend with a woeful record at the other big venues in the Premier League this season. Spurs haven’t yet won at any that measure over 30,000 seats strong — in the process, there have been four losses and just six goals scored.
Below is the full list of those games and the fan attendance each day (whether 30,000 seats will actually be filled at VP on Sunday remains a question.)
L 3-0 @Old Trafford (75,498)
D 2-2 @SportsDirect Arena (46,420)
L 3-2 @Etihad Stadium (47,422)
D 0-0 @Anfield (44,461)
L 5-2 @Emirates Stadium (60,106)
L 1-0 @Goodison Park (34,992)
D 0-0 @Stadium of Light (39,335)