Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Tottenham

Sunday, 24 May 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

White Hart Lane

Last Game

Tottenham 2 - 0 Hull City

Saturday, 16 May 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

AVB: Villa will be difficult

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says he is expecting a difficult Boxing Day match at Aston Villa.

Last Updated: 26/12/12 at 19:53 Post Comment

Andre Villas-Boas: Has been impressed by Christian Benteke

Andre Villas-Boas: Has been impressed by Christian Benteke

Villa were hammered 8-0 by Chelsea on Sunday but had previously won impressively at Liverpool and Villas-Boas said: "Their result at Anfield was tremendous, so it will be a difficult game.

"Credit to (Villa boss) Paul Lambert for overturning a situation that was difficult for him in the beginning.

"He has a young team, full of energy, so it will be a different type of opposition to the Stoke game (which Spurs drew 0-0 on Saturday), but an excellent game for sure."

Villa's Christian Benteke missed a great chance in the reverse fixture back in October, which Spurs won 2-0, but Villas-Boas has noticed that the Belgian has improved into one of the best young forwards in the division since then.

"He has been outstanding, for sure," said the Tottenham manager. "He has eight goals so far and I think he is surprising everybody. He has strong competition from (Darren) Bent.

"I think Paul Lambert was courageous in his decision to keep on persisting with a player that he got so well in the transfer market, so credit to them."

Spurs have dropped to sixth after the weekend's action but Villas-Boas remains hopeful of securing a Champions League spot and added: "There is still a long way to go. The festive period is very important."

Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click here to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

QPR's Rio Ferdinand is astounded by reaction to his wife's death

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has been astounded by the levels of support he received following the death of his wife.

Didier Drogba confirms he will leave Chelsea

Didier Drogba has announced today’s Premier League game against Sunderland will be his last as a Chelsea player.

Mike Ashley says he will not sell Newcastle United until he has won trophy

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley says he will not sell the club until he has won a trophy.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company