At Spurs and some facts

Spurs are a slightly better version of us. They got lucky with Poch, showed the football world what they were really all about when appointing Mourinho and they're about to lose their best player.

It will be taken in different ways when I say slightly better version that us, but you all know what I really mean. And whatever version you take it, I'll be right. Everton and Spurs are currently fighting for the best version of us and Everton are winning.


Us, Spurs and Everton share a history in football that will soon be forgotten but until it is, we can live in hope.

But tonight isn't really about hope, not for me anyway. The season is long over and tonight is little more than an exercise and while I watched the Palace match, even though the manager named a loan player on the bench, I'm taking it further tonight and if a loan player is on the bench, I'm not watching because that says all it needs to say.

I could take it further and stamp my feet, but the truth is, naming loan players on the bench is essentially taking a chance away from one of our players. For large parts of the Palace game, it looked like a friendly and as I've written before, nobody is to blame, it's human nature, but it's like we know who is going to win the race but we're putting our money on the losing horse.

Competition winner

And we have a winner for the competition. I've just emailed them so no names unless they want to jump on but the total goals scored was 20 and they were one of 7 that guessed 20. Name were put in a virtual hat and I drew out the winner.

Match facts from the BBC

Head-to-head

  • Tottenham could set a new club record of six straight wins against Aston Villa.
  • Spurs are looking to complete their seventh Premier League double over Villa, a feat they have only achieved against Everton and Manchester City.
  • The Villans have lost 12 of the past 13 meetings in all competitions, with the exception being a victory under Tim Sherwood in April 2015.

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Ryan Mason is the first Spurs boss to win his opening three home matches in charge since Harry Redknapp in November 2008.
  • Against Wolves, Spurs had more shots (24) and more shots on target (13) than they did in any Premier League game under Jose Mourinho.
  • They have won eight of their past nine home fixtures in all competitions, scoring 24 goals in those victories.
  • Spurs have won 11 and drawn one of their 12 most recent Premier League home games played on a Wednesday.
  • Harry Kane has scored seven goals in his past six Premier League appearances against Aston Villa.
  • The only players to exceeded Kane's 35 goal involvements (22 goals, 13 assists) in Europe's top five leagues this season are Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Aston Villa

  • Aston Villa's tally of 49 points is their highest in a Premier League season since the 64 they accrued under Martin O'Neill in 2009-10.
  • Villa's eight league away wins is as many as they recorded in their previous three top-flight campaigns combined.
  • They could set a new club top-flight record of nine away clean sheets in a season.
  • Their solitary victory in their final away league game over the past 18 seasons came at Arsenal in 2010-11.
  • Dean Smith's side have lost all five of their Premier League matches played on a Wednesday this season.