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  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 5:30pm
  • Villa Park
  • Attendance: 36,863
Aston VillaAston VillavTottenhamTottenham
04
  • Defoe, 57
  • Bale, 61
  • Bale, 73
  • Bale, 84

live commentary

FULL-TIME: Tottenham have piled more misery on Villa from the very first minute and strut back down to London knowing that they are now up to fourth place with that heft win. Aston Villa look in all sorts of trouble in 16th, unsurprisingly they have the worst goal difference in the league now and are only three points off the relegation zone. Ouch. Thanks for joining Orange's live coverage. Stick around for the full-match report.

90 mins: Three minutes until this latest Aston Villa nightmare is over.

87 mins: How on earth do Villa pick themselves up from this horrific week? They look absolutely terrible but I'm sure you all knew that. Spurs are looking to inflict more agony as we approach stoppage time.

84 MINS: HAT-TRICK FOR BALE!!! What a Christmas present for the Welshman! It all comes after Walker guides the ball into the path of Sigurdsson who slides it back for BALE to hammer in. Easy peasy!

80 mins: Adebayor has been a bit quiet this evening despite Tottenham's dominance. Sigurdsson is coming on now to replace him.

77 mins: Tottenham are half-heartedly looking for a fourth with Bale's dragged-back cross being cut out near the penalty spot.

73 MINS: BALE BRACE! That wraps it up! This is the easiest goal of the lot as Lennon simply picks out BALE who has all the time in the world to drill the ball low to Guzan's left from inside the area. The Villa fans have seen enough. They're off.

70 mins: Ahhh. The mistimed full-throttle tackle from Delph. Something I've seen many times. This time it's Bale left screaming on the deck. Yellow card for the Villa midfielder.

67 mins:Dembele's coming for Spurs and is being replaced by Parker who continues his recovery from a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

64 mins:So Tottenham have finally found their killer edge and are on the hunt for more as they win a free-kick 30 yards out. Bale takes it but he fires it straight into the wall.

61 MINS: THE FLOODGATES ARE OPENING! Benteke's awful cross to the unmarked Ireland proves to be costly! Spurs go on to strecth the over-committed Villa and BALE leaves his man for dust before rounding a hesitant Guzan and poking in!

57 MINS: SPURS FINALLY SCORE! It's been 57 minutes coming! Sandro plays a lovely reverse pass in behind the half-asleep Lowton and there's the deadly DEFOE to slide the ball effortlessly into the net!

56 mins: Great feet by Ireland to bypass Vertonghen down the right channel. His first-time cross is met by Benteke who is denied by a wonderful reflex stop by Lloris. It turns out we all got excited for nothing though as the flag's up for offside!

53 mins: Walker drifts in Tottenham's 16th corner of the match but Adebayor cannot get his header towards goal.

51 mins: Defoe and Benteke look lively as both strikers nearly get in behind the centre-backs. Villa have clearly been given a kick up the backsides at the break.

48 mins: Albrighton's introduction gives Villa an instant lift as his cross needs to be dealt with by Gallas. The Spurs centre-back then clears again moments later, but straight to Lowton who thrashes it over the crossbar.

45 mins: Welcome back to Villa Park where the hosts have made a further change with Albrighton replacing Westwood. I've also made a change, swapping the pork pie for some peanuts. Only at Christmas...

HALF-TIME: Tottenham will be ecstatic with their performance but not the scoreline as the ref blows to an end a first-half which the visitors have completely dominated. Aston Villa be relieved that they are going into the break goalless. I'm not quite sure how that's happened to be honest! Will the deadlock finally be broken in the second-half? Join me again 15 minutes to find out.

45+2 mins: Ironic cheers from the home fans as they win their first corner. Tottenham have had 15 by the way! Lloris wakes up from his nap to claim the delivery.

45 mins: Baker's going off just before the break for Villa after picking up a knock. Ireland replaces him. There are three more minutes added on too. Can Villa hang on?

43 mins: Adebayor now heads wide under pressure from a deep cross on the right wing. Aston Villa survive yet another Tottenham flurry.

40 mins: Bale gets half a yard and unleashes a vicious strike which moves all over the place. Guzan does well to react and manages to block the ball away with his arm.

37 mins: Back come Tottenham hammering on the door and Lennon's half-volley is charged down brilliantly by Baker. How on earth this is 0-0?!

34 mins: Adebayor's goal-bound shot is heroically blocked deep inside the area and then comes Villa's best moment of the game so far. Lowton's low, sweeping cross beats the Tottenham defence and is then turned onto the roof of the net by the sliding Holman.

32 mins: Walker manages to pick out Adebayor in the centre from a corner this time and although his header lacks pace, it takes two attempts from Guzan to save it.

29 mins: Tottenham fall asleep from a Villa thrown on the right but Holman's volleyed cross flashes past everyone. Another cross from the left comes curling in to the far post where Lowton fails to keep it in.

27 mins: Walker goes down after a hefty challenge from El-Ahmadi but the ref waves play on! Villa only manage to get the ball to the 18-yard line though where Benteke miscontrols a cross from the left flank.

27 mins: Walker goes down after a hefty challenge from El-Ahmadi but the ref waves play on! Villa only manage to get the ball to the 18-yard line though where Benteke miscontrols a cross from the left flank.

23 mins: Westwood gives the ball away cheaply in midfield and Spurs' counter ends with a corner after Herd awkwardly clears Lennon's cross behind. Gallas then gets his glancing header on target and Defoe is denied from a tight angle by the onrushing Guzan. The pressure is absolutely relentless!

19 mins: Dembele embarks on a determined run down the left channel but his eventual cross from the byline is a weak one and easy for Guzan to gather.

17 mins:Spurs are right on the front again after the restart and win another corner which again fails to beat the man at the near post. The ball then goes into Tottenham's half for all of five seconds.

15 mins: A chance for Aston Villa to sort themselves now as Delph goes down after a collision with his team-mate Baker. They've simply not turned up yet.

12 mins:A Tottenham free-kick nearly falls perfectly for goal-machine Defoe in the box but Lowton just about hacks it away for the hosts.

11 mins: Still it's all Tottenham as Bale's cross is taken off the head of the lurking Adebayor by the switched-on Clark. Sandro and then the aforementioned Welsh wizard both have Guzan making fingertip saves!

7 mins: Villa are struggling to stop Tottenham's slick passing interchanges around the area and Herd brings down Defoe to give the visitors a free-kick in a good position. Bale's free-kick is a poor one, as is the following corner for Walker. Encouraging start though!

4 mins: The north Londoners respond with a corner which Walker goes across to take. He whips it towards the near post where Bale flicks it over.

2 mins: Holman tries to scamper in behind the high defensive line set by Tottenham but Vertonghen is on hand to tidy up.

0 mins: Peep! We're off at Villa Park where the visitors get us underway. Both sides are looking to get back to winning ways..

1700: Good evening everyone. How we all feeling? Full? Hungover? Both? Well back-to-back Premier League games might make you feel a little bit better. First up we have Aston Villa looking to bounce back from the horrific defeat to Chelsea last weekend against a Tottenham side hoping to apply the pressure again on the top four places.

Paul Lambert makes three changes with Bennett, El-Ahmadi and Delph all coming back into the Aston Villa side. AVB makes a couple of alterations with Gallas and Naughton returning to the back four.

Orange commentator Mark Scott will be bringing you live updates from 1730. In the meantime, you can send your predictions and any naff Christmas presents you have got via the text box above.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 5:30pm
  • Villa Park
  • Attendance: 36,863
Aston VillaAston VillavTottenhamTottenham
04
  • Defoe, 57
  • Bale, 61
  • Bale, 73
  • Bale, 84

match report

Gareth Bale's stunning second-half hat-trick helped Tottenham to cruise to a 4-0 Premier League victory against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Despite dominating the opening 45 minutes, it took until the 57th minute before Jermain Defoe opened the scoring for Spurs.

Wales international Bale then took over with three goals in just 23 minutes to lift the north Londoners back into fourth position in the Premier League after their fifth win in their last seven.

Villa, meanwhile, set an unwanted record of their own having now conceded 12 goals in just two matches and they remain in 16th position.

Spurs went close early on when Bale saw a curling effort from outside the box kept out by a fine diving save from Brad Guzan, who was in inspirational form for the hosts in the first half.

Emmanuel Adebayor then nodded a Bale corner goalwards, with Guzan just managing to hold on to the ball.

Villa threatened towards the end of the half as Matthew Lowton delivered a ball that the sliding Brett Holman could not finish at the far post.

There were some encouraging signs for the home side in the opening minutes after the restart, albeit with Lowton ballooning a shot off-target and Christian Benteke being flagged offside as he brought a fine save out of Hugo Lloris.

The Villa fans' mood soon darkened as Spurs went ahead in the 57th minute when Defoe nut-megged Guzan to register his 14th goal of the season after a sumptuous through-ball by Kyle Naughton.

Bale then stole the show, netting in the 61st, 73rd and 84th minutes to take his own tally for the campaign to 10.

He took his first calmly following a counter-attack which he finished off by rounding Guzan and prodding home from close range.

It took a further 12 minutes for Bale to grab another goal and effectively end the game as a contest, the Welshman collecting Aaron Lennon's pass in the box and dispatching it into the bottom corner.

He then completed his treble with six minutes of normal time remaining, sending the ball into the roof of the net from substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson's delightful tee-up.

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team line-up

22Brad Guzan
32Nathan Baker45
6Ciaran Clark
31Chris Herd
16Fabian Delph
15Ashley Westwood45
8Karim El Ahmadi
27Joe Bennett
34Matthew Lowton
20Christian Benteke
14Brett Holman

substitutes

25Barry Bannan
12Marc Albrighton45
7Stephen Ireland45
40Samir Carruthers
30Eric Lichaj
21Jordan Bowery
1Shay Given

referee

Mark Clattenburg

team line-up

25Hugo Lloris
5Jan Vertonghen
28Kyle Walker
13William Gallas
16Kyle Naughton
7Aaron Lennon
19Mousa Dembélé67
30Sandro
11Gareth Bale85
18Jermain Defoe
10Emmanuel Adebayor80

substitutes

20Michael Dawson
22Gylfi Sigurdsson80
29Jake Livermore
24Brad Friedel
33Steven Caulker
8Scott Parker67
31Andros Townsend85

referee

Mark Clattenburg

match stats

possession %4059
shots on target19
shots off target34
corners216
tackles won149
offsides41