It’s the first Premier League game of 2023, with both Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa hoping to start the New Year with a bang. Antonio Conte’s men returned from the winter pause with a comeback draw against Brentford, while Unai Emery’s side ended their two-game winning run with defeat to Liverpool.
Spurs have proven the comeback kings this campaign, and that reputation was in full effect once again on Boxing Day, recovering from a two-goal deficit to nick a point against Brentford. That missed opportunity, though, allowed fifth-placed Man Utd to close the gap on them to just one point, with the Red Devils having played a game less as well.
Appointed at the start of November, Emery worked wonders to win his first two games, which included a triumph over Man Utd (must to Spurs’ delight). But, reality struck on Boxing Day as Liverpool claimed a 3-1 win. The esteemed Spaniard will be hoping to bounce back against an old rival from his days as Arsenal manager, but Villa haven’t had the best of luck against Spurs in recent years.
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Harry Kane put his World Cup penalty miss behind him on Boxing Day as his 65th-minute goal for Spurs inspired their turnaround in west London. It was a precision header that reduced the deficit, and he nearly won it for Spurs late on through another header. Clinical from the skies, the England international has netted six headed goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other player.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored the eventual equaliser for Conte’s men to keep their Champions League hopes alive, and it was a cracking effort, but it’s been the Dane’s tidy work in possession that has kept Spurs ticking along. In fact, only Rodri (1,298) has registered more passes this campaign in the Premier League among midfielders than Hojbjerg (995). He is Spurs’ metronomic tempo-setter.
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Spurs completed the double over Villa last term, with their showdown in north London resulting in a 2-1 win to Conte’s side thanks to Hojbjerg and a Matt Targett own goal. It was a comprehensive 4-0 rout at Villa, with Spurs securing the win through goals from Dejan Kulusevski and a Heung-min Son brace.
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